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History of Algebraic Geometry: Motivation behind definition of schemes

I am trying to read an article by Jean Dieudonne which talks about development of Algebraic Geometry. The article was being published in the journal "Advances in Mathematics" Volume 3, Issue 3, Pages ...
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Is there any English version of Récoltes et Semailles?

I felt like my question isn't appropriate for MO, so I though maybe I should post it here. I want to read Alexander Grothendieck's "Récoltes et Semailles", but I don't know any French. I can easily ...
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Generic Points to the Italians

When I first learned algebraic geometry, I naturally wiki-ed the subject and there was a line there that said the old school Italians used the notion "generic points without any precise definition." ...
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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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On the original Riemann-Roch theorem

I think Riemann first stated and proved a part of the Rieman-Roch theorem on a compact Riemann surface. And later Roch supplemented it. I wonder what the original statements of the R-R theorem by ...
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Who first called the Grothendieck's schéma scheme?

Grothendieck called "schemes" schémas in French. I find it strange we call them schemes. In fact, Grothendieck called them (pre-) schemas(this is an English word) in his talk(in English) at Proceeding ...
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analogy between etale sites and Riemann surfaces

I recently read that Grothendieck originally introduced the etale site of a scheme as an analog of the formation of Riemann surfaces over the complex numbers (the salient point being that the latter ...
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Which definition of dimension came first?

In my algebraic geometry class, the dimension of an affine variety $X=V(I)$ was defined as the supremum of the length of chains of prime ideals in the coordinate ring $R=k[x_1,\ldots,x_n]/\sqrt{I}$, ...
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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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Varieties as schemes

Some questions about schemes and varieties, one really basic. I follow the definitions as given in Hartshorne. Firstly, my main question. I understood that Grothendiecks introduction of schemes ...
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There is some intuitive idea of Pascal's 's theorem in Projective Geometry?

In projective geometry, Pascal's theorem (formulated by Blaise Pascal when he was 16 years old) determines that a hexagon inscribed in a conic, the lines that contain the opposite sides intersect in ...
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Could someone give me an example of an algebraic variety and explain what it is

I've read the wikipedia article but I don't know what an affine plane is and the definition/example did not seem clear. What I know is that in the 1880s mathematicians like Hilbert, Kronecker, Lasky ...
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Why is the hard Lefschetz theorem “hard”?

Let $X$ be a compact Kähler manifold of complex dimension $\dim_{\mathbb C} = n$. Let $[\omega]$ be the cohomology class of a Kähler metric on $X$. Then powers of the class $[\omega]$ defines a linear ...
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In what senses are archimedean places infinite?

According to Bjorn Poonen's notes here (§2.6), we should add the archimedean places of a number field $K$ to $\operatorname{Spec} \mathscr{O}_K$ in order to get a good analogy with smooth projective ...
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Resurrection of my Tamagawa numbers Question, to understand the Formulation of BSD

My previous question was closed very badly for asking the broad and deep things, so I now understand the consequences of asking such questions, so I refrain from asking such questions, so this is not ...
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Did Zariski really define the Zariski topology on the prime spectrum of a ring?

The question is not: “Did Zariski really define the Zariski topology?” It is: “Did Zariski really define the Zariski topology on the prime spectrum of a ring?” Here is the motivation. --- On page ...