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Cambridge University Press
13 September 2007
This textbook, for an undergraduate course in modern algebraic geometry, recognizes that the typical undergraduate curriculum contains a great deal of analysis and, by contrast, little algebra. Because of this imbalance, it seems most natural to present algebraic geometry by highlighting the way it connects algebra and analysis; the average student will probably be more familiar and more comfortable with the analytic component. The book therefore focuses on Serre's GAGA theorem, which perhaps best encapsulates the link between algebra and analysis. GAGA provides the unifying theme of the book: we develop enough of the modern machinery of algebraic geometry to be able to give an essentially complete proof, at a level accessible to undergraduates throughout. The book is based on a course which the author has taught, twice, at the Australian National University.
By:   Amnon Neeman (Australian National University Canberra)
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   No. 345
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   602g
ISBN:   9780521709835
ISBN 10:   0521709830
Series:   London Mathematical Society Lecture Note Series
Pages:   434
Publication Date:   13 September 2007
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Amnon Neeman is professor of mathematics at Australian National University. He is the author of the book Triangulated Categories.

Reviews for Algebraic and Analytic Geometry

All in all, the book under review is a masterpiece of expository writing in modern algebraic geometry. It is exactly what the author promised: no comprehensive text to train future algebraic geometers, but rather an attempt to convince students of the fascinating beauty, the tremendous power, and the high value of the methods of algebraic and analytic geometry ... The author has reached his declared goal in an admirable, truly brilliant manner. His lucid exposition of these modern, fairly advanced topics in the field for beginners breathes his passion for the subject and for grippingly teaching it, and his style of writing bespeaks a good sympathetic understanding of students and their needs. Numerous synoptic sections, asides for the expert reader, and additional remarks help the student grasp the vast material thoroughly, and both the careful glossary and the detailed index facilitate active work with this highly inspiring book. Also, the author makes concrete, instructive proposals for how to use his text for different variants of self-study or teaching, which is particularly useful as its current extended contents now offer far more than can be covered in a one-semester course ... It remains to wish that this very special introduction to the realm of(complex)algebraic geometry finds deserved wide-spread interest within the mathematical community. Werner Kleinert, Zentralblatt MATH

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