Mathematics Colloquium

Stefan Maubach

(Jacobs University)

"The mysteries of affine algebraic geometry"

Date: Mon, September 20, 2010
Time: 17:15
Place: Research II Lecture Hall

Abstract: In this talk I will tell you about the mysteries of a topic called Affine Algebraic Geometry. I will do this mainly by discussing some of the "big" problems and "big" results in the field, and just giving a generic introduction into the field.

Though the name "Affine Algebraic Geometry" sounds a bit awe-inspiring (to some people), it is in fact one of the more down-to-earth topics in Algebraic Geometry. An example: the most basic (algebraic) affine space is kn, where k is a field. Other examples are zero sets of polynomials (or ideals) in k[X1,...,Xn]$, i.e. algebraic subsets of kn.

It should be possible to follow (most of) the talk with some knowledge of linear algebra.