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Grothendieck 's question - any update?

I was reading Barry Mazur's biography and come across this part: Grothendieck was exceptionally patient with me, for when we first met I knew next to nothing about algebra. In one of his first ...
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Geometric interpretation of the Riemann-Roch for curves

Let $X$ be a smooth projective curve of genus $g\geq2$ over an algebraically closed field $k$ and denote by $K$ a canonical divisor. I have some clues about the geometrical interpretation of the ...
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Application of Hilbert's basis theorem in representation theory

In Smalo: Degenerations of Representations of Associative Algebras, Milan J. Math., 2008 there is an application of Hilbert's basis theorem that I don't understand: Two orders are defined on the set ...
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What is the Picard group of $z^3=y(y^2-x^2)(x-1)$?

I'm actually doing much more with this affine surface than just looking for the Picard group. I have already proved many things about this surface, and have many more things to look at it, but the ...
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Tate conjecture for Fermat varieties

I've been looking at Tate's Algebraic Cycles and Poles of Zeta Functions (hard to find online... Google books outline here) and have a question about his work on (conjecturing!) the Tate conjecture ...
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Pullback and Pushforward Isomorphism of Sheaves

Suppose we have two schemes $X, Y$ and a map $f: X\to Y$. Then we know that $\operatorname{Hom}_X(f^*\mathcal{G}, \mathcal{F})\simeq \operatorname{Hom}_Y(\mathcal{G}, f_*\mathcal{F})$, where ...
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Classification of local Artin (commutative) rings which are finite over an algebraically closed field.

A result in deformation theory states that if every morphism $Y=\operatorname{Spec}(A)\rightarrow X$ where $A$ is a local Artin ring finite over $k$ can be extended to every $Y'\supset Y$ where $Y'$ ...
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On the problem of polynomial bijection from $\mathbb Q\times\mathbb Q$ to $\mathbb Q$

The question titled "Polynomial bijection from $\mathbb Q\times\mathbb Q$ to $\mathbb Q$" which was posed on MathOverflow attracted quite a lot of attention (and may be the question with most wrong ...
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What is Spec of the Adeles?

Let $K$ be a global field and $A_K$ the ring of adeles. What are the prime ideals of $A_K$? I have been told that a full proof of this is quite subtle, but have been unable to find a reference ...
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What geometrical obstructions to $M$ being flat do elements which map to 0 in $M \otimes I$ represent?

I'm trying to get geometric intuition for the notion of a flat module over a ring, and am running into some problems with my intuition. I am comfortable with flat modules and tensor products from the ...
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What does $H^0(Y',f^*N_Y)$ measure?

Let $X$ be a smooth variety and let $Y\subset X$ be a smooth subvariety. Let $f:Y'\to Y$ be a (say, finite surjective) morphism. When $f$ is the identity, the cohomology group $H^0(Y',f^*N_Y)$ ...
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Why are period integrals naïve periods?

Apologies for the long question. I recall the definition of a (naïve) period according to Kontsevitch and Zagier [KS]: A (naïve) period is a complex number whose real and imaginary parts are ...
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Class group of $k[x,y,z,w]/(xy-zw)$

I had a homework problem (II.6.5 in Hartshorne) to compute the (Weil divisor) class group of $X=\operatorname{Spec} k[x,y,z,w]/(xy-zw)$. I have accomplished this; however, I used some results I don't ...
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Prop. 3.2.15 in Liu: Geometrically reduced algebraic variety

I have a problem with proposition 3.2.15 of Algebraic geometry and arithmetic curves of Qing Liu: Let $X$ be an integral algebraic variety over $k$. If $X$ is geometrically reduced then $K(X)$ is a ...
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Hartshorne Theorem 8.17

I can't understand the proof of theorem 8.17 from Hartshorne's "Algebraic Geometry". Namely, he says that we have an exact sequence $$ 0 \to \mathcal J'/\mathcal J'^2 \to \Omega_{X/k} \otimes ...
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Visualizing a Calabi Yau

I would like to understand how I can visualize the quintic threefold $$ z_1^5 + z_2^5 + z_3^5 + z_4^5 +z_5^5 - 5\psi z_1z_2z_3z_4z_5 = 0$$ For a similar problem, Hanson proposes the following: ...
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Self-Intersection Number $-2$

I am new here, but hopefully you can help me with a concrete problem I have. I try to compute a Self-Intersection Number of a constructed curve in an analytic surface. I know the answer by some ...
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Proof of residue theorem (residue formula) for differential forms on curves over an arbitrary closed field.

I have been reading the book Algebraic Geometric Codes: Basic Notions by Tsfasman, Vladut and Nogin. They give a residue formula like this: Let $\mathbb{k}$ be an algebraically closed field and $X$ ...
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Prerequisite of Projective Geometry for Algebraic Geometry

I studied Euclidean Geometry in high-school, and I have not studied anything relates to geometry since I started studying in university. I am now intending to study Algebraic Geometry, however, I ...
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Curves and Sums-of-Powers Representations

Jacobi first noticed the connection between the functions that bear his name and counting the representations of sums-of-squares, \begin{eqnarray} \theta_{3}^{n}(q) = \left( \sum_{k \in \mathbb{Z}} ...
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Multiplicity of point as a zero of polynomial.

Let $C \subset \mathbb{P}_2$ be a projective curve defined by a homogeneous polynomial $P(x, y, z)$, and let $L \subset \mathbb{P}_2$ be the line $\{z = 0\}$. Assume $L$ is not a component of $C$. If ...
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What does the space of non-diagonalizable matrices look like?

Let $k$ be a field (I would be happy working entirely over $\mathbb C$). Consider the action of $G=GL_n(k)$ by conjugation on the set of $n\times n$ matrices over $k$. The collection $X$ of matrices ...
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Understanding Bertini's theorem

Let's suppose that I am given a pencil generated by the vector fields $X$ and $Y$ in $\mathbb{C}^2$, $\{ Z_\lambda \}_{\lambda\in\mathbb{P}^1}$, that is, $$ Z_\lambda = X + \lambda Y $$ Assume that ...
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Reality check: $\mathcal{O}_{\mathbb{P}_\mathbb{R}^1}(1)$ and $\mathcal{O}_{\mathbb{P}_\mathbb{R}^1}(-1)$ are both Möbius strips?

This question follows up this previous question, which has an accepted answer that I am having trouble believing. (Edit: the answer has now been fixed; thanks Georges!) I have been working on giving ...
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Arithmetic and geometric genus

There are two notion of genus in algebraic geometry, namely arithmetic genus $p_a=(-1)^{\dim X}(\chi(\mathcal{O}_X)-1)$ and geometric genus $p_g=\dim H^0(X,\Omega^{\dim X})$. I keep forgetting ...
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(Weil divisors : Cartier divisors) = (p-Cycles : ? )

Suppose $X$ verifies the suitable conditions in which Weil (resp. Cartier) divisors make sense. The group of Weil divisors $\mathrm{Div}(X)$ on a scheme $X$ is the free abelian group generated by ...
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Trivial intersection of algebraic sets?

The question came up while reading a bit more into the Hilbert-Zariski theorem I asked about the other week. Suppose $V$ is an algebraic variety over arbitrary field $k$. (For this situation, I'll ...
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Non-Universal Delta Functors

Recall a delta functor on an abelian category is a collection of functors $H^n$, $n \ge 0$ and connecting homomorphisms associated to each short exact sequence so that we get a corresponding long ...
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Irreducibility of cyclotomic polynomials via schemes

A few months ago, someone told me there existed a scheme theoretic proof of the irreducibility of cyclotomic polynomials. I've tried coming up with a proof, and when that didn't really yield anything ...
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Smooth subvariety at smooth points

Let $f: X \to Y$ be a finite, surjective morphism of smooth, quasi-projective varieties over a field $k$ of characteristic zero. Let $p \in X$. Is it true that I can find a subvariety $X' \subseteq X$ ...
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Global sections of vector bundles on a complex elliptic curve and analytic functions

Let me fix an elliptic curve $E$ over complex numbers with distinguished point $x \in E$. Thanks to Atiyah we know everything about discreet parameters of vector bundles and its moduli spaces. But I ...
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algebraic $1$-forms vs analytic $1$-forms

First let's fix some definitions: Definitions: Complex manifold (of dimension n): Is a locally ringed space $(X,\mathscr F)$, where there is an open cover $\bigcup_{i\in I} U_i=X$ such that ...
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Canonical sheaf not globally generated for a certain surface.

Me and a friend tried the following problem, but with no luck. Anything would be appreciated: Let $X \rightarrow S$ be an arithmetic surface such that for some $s \in S$, $X_s$ is the union of two ...
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Why do these two constructions of a sheaf associated to a module on a projective scheme agree?

Let $B$ be a graded ring an $M$ be a $\mathbb Z$-graded $B$-module. We can associate to $M$ a sheaf of modules on $\operatorname{Proj} B$ by defining the sheaf on the principal open sets $D_+(f)$ to ...
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Transformations that map points inside the sphere to points inside the sphere

I am trying to figure out what is the most general linear transformation that maps points inside the unit sphere to points inside the unit sphere. I am slightly abusing the word linear here by ...
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When does a modular form satisfy a differential equation with rational coefficients?

Given a modular form $f$ of weight $k$ for a congruence subgroup $\Gamma$, and a modular function $t$ for $\Gamma$ with $t(i\infty)=0$, we can form a function $F$ such that $F(t(z))=f(z)$ (at least ...
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Ideal of the pullback of a closed subscheme

Let $f : X \to Y$ be a morphism of schemes and $J \subseteq \mathcal{O}_Y$ a quasi-coherent ideal. Let $I$ denote the image of $f^* J \to f^* \mathcal{O}_Y = \mathcal{O}_X$. Then $I \subseteq ...
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Tropical-like redefinitions of addition and multiplication?

I've been impressed at the rich structure of tropical mathematics, all consequences of the seemingly mundane starting point of replacing classical $a+b$ by $\min(a,b)$ (or max), and replacing ...
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Tensoring is thought as both restricting and extending?

I hope these questions are not too trivial. Let $I$ be an ideal in $R$. Write $I'\subseteq R[t]$. Then the notion of tensoring $$ (R[t]/I')\otimes_{\,\mathbb{C}[t]} \mathbb{C}[t]/\langle t-c ...
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A problem about the twisted cubic

I have some difficulty with the following problem: Let $f : k → k^3$ be the map which associates $(t, t^2, t^3)$ to $t$ and let $C$ be the image of $f$ (the twisted cubic). Show that $C$ is an ...
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$\mathcal{L}$ is very ample, $\mathcal{U}$ is generated by global sections $\Rightarrow$ $\mathcal{L} \otimes \mathcal{U}$ is very ample

Let $\mathcal{L},\mathcal{U}$ be invertible sheaves over a noetherian scheme $X$, where $X$ is of finite type over a noetherian ring $A$. If $\mathcal{L}$ is very ample, and $\mathcal{U}$ is generated ...
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Automorphism group of the configuration of lines on a cubic surface and quadratic transformations

It's well known that the automorphism group of the configuration of 27 lines on a smooth cubic surface in $\mathbb{P}^3$ (over a field containing all 27 lines) is isomorphic to the Coxeter group of ...
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Are the concepts of scheme-theoretic complete intersection and Ideal theoretic complete intersection the same?

Suppose $X$ is a projective variety in $\Bbb{P}^n$ of dimension $k$. Everything is over a field. We say $X$ is a scheme-theoretic complete intersection if $X$ can be written as $V_+(f_1) \cap \ldots ...
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Trying to Understand Lefschetz Pencils

I'm reading on Lefschetz pencils, and I'm trying to understand condition ii) better, tho I would appreciate insights on condition i), and in general. A Lefschetz pencil on a $4$-manifold $X$ is a ...
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Why do algebraic varieties contain curves passing through two given points

Let $X$ be an algebraic variety over the complex numbers. My definition of an algebraic variety is a finite type separated $\mathbf C$-scheme. Someone told me that such varieties have the following ...
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On an exercise from Hartshone's Algebraic Geometry, Ch I sect 4

My question is about the Ex. 4.9 page 31 in the book GTM52 by Robin Hartshone. Let $X$ be a projective variety of dimension $r$ in $\mathbb{P}^n$, with $n\geq r+2$. Show that for suitable choice ...
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Surfaces ruled over elliptic curves

Ground field $\Bbb{C}$. Algebraic category. Elliptic surfaces are those surfaces endowed with a morphism onto some smooth curve, with generic fiber an elliptic curve. Suppose $E$ is an elliptic ...
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A Regular Map Has Finitely Many Ramification Points

Let $C,D$ be nonsingular projective curves, $f \colon C \to D$ nonconstant, $K = k(C), L = k(D)$, $d = \text{deg }f = [K:L]$, and of course $k$ algebraically closed. Furthermore let's suppose that ...
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Invertible rational functions

I am looking for references for the following facts. ...
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Divisor class group of an affine surface

In this topic the OP considers the following surface: $X=\mathcal{Z}(z^3-y(y^2-x^2)(x-1))$. (The field it's not explicitely mentioned, but for geometric reasons this can be algebraically closed.) He ...