The study of geometric objects defined by polynomial equations, as well as their generalizations: algebraic curves, such as elliptic curves, and more generally algebraic varieties, schemes, etc. Problems under this tag typically involve techniques of abstract algebra or complex-analytic methods. ...

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Intersection of twisted cubics in $\mathbb{P}^3$

Suppose we have two twisted cubics $C_1$, $C_2$ in $\mathbb{P}^3$ such that both of them lie in some cubic surface, which means that $h^0(\mathbb{P}^3, I_{C_1\cup C_2}(3))>0$. I want to show that ...
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$\mathbb{A}^{2}$ not isomorphic to affine space minus the origin

Why is the affine space $\mathbb{A}^{2}$ not isomorphic to $\mathbb{A}^{2}$ minus the origin?
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What is algebraic geometry?

I am a second year physics undergrad, loooking to explore some areas of pure mathematics. A word that often pops up on the internet is algebraic geometry. What is this algebraic geometry exactly? ...
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Hensel's Lemma and Implicit Function Theorem

In the literature and on the web happened to me several times to read confused or simply cryptic assertions regarding the fact that Hensel's Lemma is the algebraic version of Implicit Function ...
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Does there exist a regular map $\mathbb{A}^1\to\mathbb{P}^1$ which is surjective?

Suppose $\mathbb{A}^1$ and $\mathbb{P}^1$ are affine space and projective space. I'm not sure if it matters, but I don't mind if we assume that we're working over algebraically closed fields. I'm ...
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Introduction to ring theory?

I've been teaching myself algebra these couple of months. I already went through the basics of group (Lagrange, action, class equation, Cauchy and Sylow theorems etc.) And I already have some linear ...
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Is every rigid field perfect?

A field is rigid iff its automorphism group is trivial. A field $F$ is perfect iff all irreducibles in $F[x]$ are separable. Is every rigid field perfect?
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How to properly use GAGA correspondence

currently studying algebraic surfaces over the complex numbers. Before i did some algebraic geometry (I,II,start of III of Hartshorne) and a course on Riemann surfaces. Now i understood that by GAGA, ...
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What is a concrete example of why one wants to have a *derived category* in algebraic geometry?

My question asks for a concrete (and hopefully easy) example, why one wants to derive things in algebraic geometry. I heard, that a resolution of an object by free ones behaves much better than the ...
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When does variété mean manifold?

Following advice from this post, I am in the process of translating Ehresmann's 1934 paper "Sur la Topologie de Certains Espaces Homogènes" from French to English. French-English dictionaries online ...
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intuition on the projection formula

For a morphism $f:X\rightarrow Y$, locally free sheaf $\mathcal{G}$ on $Y$, and a quasi-coherent sheaf $\mathcal{G}$ on $X$, we have the projection formula ...
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Is there any holomorphic version of the tubular neighborhood theorem?

This question arised when I was studying Beauville's book 'Complex Algebraic Surfaces'. Castelnuovo's theorem says that a smooth rational curve $E$ on an algebraic surface $S$ is an exceptional ...
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Motivation for the study of amoebas.

What was the primary motivation for the study of the amoebas?
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Formal Schemes Mittag-Leffler

Here is a question that is similar to my last one. I've been trying to learn about Grothendieck's Existence Theorem, but it seems that there aren't very many places that talk about formal schemes and ...
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A “generalized field” with $q$ elements, when $q$ is any number?

It is well-known that if a finite field has $q \in \mathbb{N}$ elements, then $q$ is prime power and $q > 1$. However, various modification of the concept of a "field" have been made in order to ...
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Wanted: A purely algebraic proof of the Frobenius theorem on distributions

Is there a purely algebraic proof of the Frobenius theorem? Here's a rough sketch of what i'm looking for: Let $Der(R)$ denote the $R$-module of ($R$-valued) derivations of the algebra $R$ endowed ...
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2 smooth algebraic varieties, isomorphism $\mathcal{D}_{X \times Y} \to p_1^* \mathcal{D}_X \otimes p_2^*\mathcal{D}_Y$ as sheaves of rings?

Let $X$ and $Y$ be two smooth algebraic varieties. How do I see that I have an isomorphism$$\mathcal{D}_{X \times Y} \overset{\sim}{\to} p_1^* \mathcal{D}_X \otimes p_2^*\mathcal{D}_Y$$as sheaves of ...
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How does intuition fail for higher dimensions?

From this answer: Now, Algebraic Geometry is one of the oldest, deepest, broadest and most active subjects in Mathematics with connections to almost all other branches in either a very direct ...
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Meaning of closed points of a scheme

This is a question in Liu's book. Let $X$ be a quasi-compact scheme. Show that $X$ contains a closed point. Well I'm unable to do this question, so any help would be appreciated. This question also ...
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Is tautological bundle $\mathcal{O}(1)$ or $\mathcal{O}(-1)$?

I always confused by whether tautological bundle is $\mathcal{O}(1)$ or $\mathcal{O}(-1)$, and definitions from different sources tangled in my brain. However, I thought this might not be simply a ...
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Why doesn't Hom commute with taking stalks?

I have been learning about sheaves and am thinking about the following problem. Let $F$ and $G$ be sheaves, say of abelian groups, on a space $X$. The sheaf $Hom(F, G)$ is defined by $Hom(F, ...
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Best way to learn Algebraic Geometry?

I've been reading the book Commutative Algebra with a view towards Algebraic Geometry. I was wondering is the best way to learn algebraic geometry through commutative algebra? As the book I'm ...
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Homological methods in algebraic geometry

This question will probably seem quite silly to those well-versed in algebraic geometry (about which I admittedly hardly know anything); in the preface of Atiyah-Macdonald's book on commutative ...
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Why does the definition of an open subscheme / open immersion of schemes allow for an “extra” isomorphism?

After taking an algebraic geometry course last year, I've been reviewing the material this year, and I remembered something that struck me as odd, but which I'd neglected to ask about at the time: ...
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Intersection of Algebraic Topology/Geometry and Model Theory/Set Theory

Is there any intersection between the ideas of Algebraic Topology/Geometry (I know that there is most certainly a non-trivial intersection between Algebraic Geometry, Algebraic Topology, Arithmetic ...
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On limits, schemes and Spec functor

I have several related questions: Do there exist colimits in the category of schemes? If not, do there exist just direct limits? Do there exist limits? If not, do there exist just inverse limits? ...
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Proving that the genus of a nonsingular plane curve is $\frac{(d-1)(d-2)}{2}$

I'm studying from Joseph Silverman's book The Arithmetic Of Elliptic Curves and I'm trying to do as many exercises as I can. Right now I'm trying to do Exercise 2.7 from chapter II which reads as ...
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Hilbert's Original Proof of the Nullstellensatz

Does anyone have a link to Hilbert's Original Proof of the Nullstellensatz, or know a book where it's printed? I'd be interested to see what it was like. I only really know the Noether normalisation ...
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Theories of $p$-adic integration

What is the compelling need for introducing a theory of $p$-adic integration? Do the existing theories of $p$-adic integration use some kind of analogues of Lebesgue measures? That is, do we put a ...
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Isomorphism between quotient rings of $K[X,Y]$

Let $K$ be a field of characteristic $0$ and $m,n\in\mathbb Z$, $m,n\ge 1$. Prove that $$K[X,Y]/(X^2-Y^m)\simeq K[X,Y]/(X^2-Y^n)$$ if and only if $m=n$. (Related to Isomorphism between quotient rings ...
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Definition(s) of Stack

I've started to learn about stacks, and a question arose in my attempts of looking at the very definition of a stack by several points of view. First, I recall some background and fix the notation ...
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What is the importance of modules in algebraic geometry?

I have been trying to teach myself the basics of algebraic geometry. I understand the basic premise, how we define geometry spaces (algebraic sets and schemes) in terms of commutative rings. And I ...
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Global Optimization and Real Algebraic Geometry

Wikipedia suggests that: "Methods based on real algebraic geometry" are some of the "most successful general strategies" for solving global optimization problems. Could someone suggest an reference ...
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Hypercube and Hyperspheres

Let $n,k\in\mathbb{N}$. In this problem, the geometry of $\mathbb{R}^n$ is the usual Euclidean geometry. The lattice hypercube $ Q(n,k)$ is defined to be the set $ \{1,2,...,k\}^n ...
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*writing* proofs involving commutative diagrams

This question is a little fuzzy so might be closed, but I'll give it a shot. I'm sorry this question has quite a long introduction, I don't see how to formulate it more concisely. In modern algebraic ...
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What is the connection between Weil's character bound and Riemann Hypothesis over finite fields

Weil's character bound states that: Let $\mathbb{F}_{q}$ be a finite field of size $q$. Let $\chi$ be a multiplicative character of order $m$. Let $f(x)$ be a polynomial of degree $d$ such that $f(x) ...
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A space of ideals

Definition: Let $R$ be a commutative ring with 1. Endow the power set $2^R$ with the product topology. The ideal space $\mathcal{I}(R)$ is defined to be subset of $2^R$ consisting of ideals, ...
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Understanding proof by algebraic geometry, Fermat's last theorem for polynomials when $n = 3$.

This is a followup to my question here. See here. The question is as follows. How do we see that there do not exist nonconstant, relatively prime, polynomials $a(t)$, $b(t)$, and $c(t) \in ...
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Is there a geometric meaning of a prime power not being primary?

I guess that the standard example of a prime power that is not a primary ideal is $$\mathfrak p^2 :=(x,z)^2\subset k[x,y,z]/(xy-z^2):=A.$$ Because $\mathfrak p^2 = (x^2,xz,xy)$, we see that $x\not ...
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A Genetic Introduction to Algebraic Geometry

I am a big fan of "genetic introductions" in mathematics, i.e. where the ideas are introduced in the order they were developed along with why they were introduced, as opposed to the ...
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What does the Hodge conjecture mean?

I read from the Internet that according to the Hodge conjecture, a certain harmonic differential form in a projective, non-singular algebraic variety is a rational linear combination of the cohomology ...
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Connections between K-Theory and PDEs?

I've recently spent some time learning (the very basics of) K-theory for $C^*$-algebras and topological K-theory. Actually, my main fields of interest are PDEs and related topics, in particular ...
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Why is Hodge more difficult than Tate?

There are strong connections between the Hodge and the Tate conjectures, mainly at the level of similarities and analogies. To quote from an answer of Matthew Emerton on MathOverflow: "[...] we ...
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Usefulness of completion in commutative algebra

After studying about the completion of a module $M$ over a ring $A$ (e.g. $I$-adic completion), I am left with the following questions: (i) What is the usefulness of the concept of completion in ...
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How to show in a clean way that $z^4 + (x^2 + y^2 - 1)(2x^2 + 3y^2-1) = 0$ is a torus?

How to show in a clean way that the zero-locus of $$z^4 + (x^2 + y^2 - 1)(2x^2 + 3y^2-1) = 0$$ is a torus?
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Where do Chern classes live? $c_1(L)\in \textrm{?}$

If $X$ is a complex manifold, one can define the first Chern class of $L\in \textrm{Pic}\,X$ to be its image in $H^2(X,\textbf Z)$, by using the exponential sequence. So one can write something like ...
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One-to-one correspondence of ideals in the quotient also extends to prime ideals?

I'm beginning to learn some grothendieck's algebraic geometry and I have a doubt about a property of commutative algebra. For a comm. ring $A$ and an ideal $I$ of $A$, does the one-to-one ...
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Localization at a prime ideal is a reduced ring

Here is the question that I came up with, which I am having trouble proving or disproving: Let $A$ be a ring (commutative). Let $p \in Spec(A)$ such that $A_p$ is reduced. Then there exists an open ...
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Favourite applications of the Nakayama Lemma

Inspired by a recent question on the nilradical of an absolutely flat ring, what are some of your favourite applications of the Nakayama Lemma? It would be good if you outlined a proof for the result ...
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Motivation for stable curves

I was looking at Deligne-Mumford's paper on the irreducibility of the space of curves of a given genus, and it seems that they generalize the notion of a smooth curve to a "stable curve." I'm a little ...