Topics in Algebraic Geometry: Algebraic Surfaces

cubic surface with rational double points

An example of a cubic surface with singularities. Eight lines on the cubic surface are shown. On a nonsingular cubic surface, there are always 27 lines. (Image courtesy of Dr. Oliver Labs and Prof. Duco van Straten,


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Spring 2008



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The main aims of this seminar will be to go over the classification of surfaces (Enriques-Castelnuovo for characteristic zero, Bombieri-Mumford for characteristic p), while working out plenty of examples, and treating their geometry and arithmetic as far as possible.

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This is a graduate-level course in Algebraic Geometry. The content varies year to year, according to the interests of the instructor and the students.

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Abhinav Kumar. 18.727 Topics in Algebraic Geometry: Algebraic Surfaces. Spring 2008. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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