By William Fulton

ISBN-10: 0805330828

ISBN-13: 9780805330823

Preface

Third Preface, 2008

This textual content has been out of print for a number of years, with the writer keeping copyrights.

Since I proceed to listen to from younger algebraic geometers who used this as

their first textual content, i'm happy now to make this version on hand for free of charge to anyone

interested. i'm such a lot thankful to Kwankyu Lee for creating a cautious LaTeX version,

which used to be the root of this variation; thank you additionally to Eugene Eisenstein for aid with

the graphics.

As in 1989, i've got controlled to withstand making sweeping adjustments. I thank all who

have despatched corrections to prior models, in particular Grzegorz Bobi´nski for the most

recent and thorough checklist. it really is inevitable that this conversion has brought some

new blunders, and that i and destiny readers should be thankful if you happen to will ship any mistakes you

find to me at wfulton@umich.edu.

Second Preface, 1989

When this booklet first seemed, there have been few texts to be had to a beginner in modern

algebraic geometry. because then many introductory treatises have seemed, including

excellent texts by way of Shafarevich,Mumford,Hartshorne, Griffiths-Harris, Kunz,

Clemens, Iitaka, Brieskorn-Knörrer, and Arbarello-Cornalba-Griffiths-Harris.

The prior 20 years have additionally visible a great deal of progress in our understanding

of the themes lined during this textual content: linear sequence on curves, intersection idea, and

the Riemann-Roch challenge. it's been tempting to rewrite the ebook to mirror this

progress, however it doesn't look attainable to take action with out forsaking its elementary

character and destroying its unique goal: to introduce scholars with a bit algebra

background to a couple of the information of algebraic geometry and to aid them gain

some appreciation either for algebraic geometry and for origins and functions of

many of the notions of commutative algebra. If operating throughout the publication and its

exercises is helping arrange a reader for any of the texts pointed out above, that would be an

added benefit.

PREFACE

First Preface, 1969

Although algebraic geometry is a hugely constructed and thriving box of mathematics,

it is notoriously tricky for the newbie to make his manner into the subject.

There are numerous texts on an undergraduate point that provide a very good therapy of

the classical idea of airplane curves, yet those don't arrange the coed adequately

for glossy algebraic geometry. nevertheless, such a lot books with a contemporary approach

demand significant history in algebra and topology, frequently the equivalent

of a 12 months or extra of graduate learn. the purpose of those notes is to boost the

theory of algebraic curves from the perspective of contemporary algebraic geometry, but

without over the top prerequisites.

We have assumed that the reader understands a few simple homes of rings,

ideals, and polynomials, akin to is usually coated in a one-semester direction in modern

algebra; extra commutative algebra is built in later sections. Chapter

1 starts with a precis of the evidence we want from algebra. the remainder of the chapter

is fascinated about easy houses of affine algebraic units; we've got given Zariski’s

proof of the $64000 Nullstellensatz.

The coordinate ring, functionality box, and native jewelry of an affine sort are studied

in bankruptcy 2. As in any glossy remedy of algebraic geometry, they play a fundamental

role in our practise. the final examine of affine and projective varieties

is endured in Chapters four and six, yet purely so far as valuable for our learn of curves.

Chapter three considers affine aircraft curves. The classical definition of the multiplicity

of some extent on a curve is proven to count purely at the neighborhood ring of the curve at the

point. The intersection variety of airplane curves at some extent is characterised by means of its

properties, and a definition by way of a definite residue type ring of a neighborhood ring is

shown to have those homes. Bézout’s Theorem and Max Noether’s Fundamental

Theorem are the topic of bankruptcy five. (Anyone conversant in the cohomology of

projective types will realize that this cohomology is implicit in our proofs.)

In bankruptcy 7 the nonsingular version of a curve is built through blowing

up issues, and the correspondence among algebraic functionality fields on one

variable and nonsingular projective curves is tested. within the concluding chapter

the algebraic process of Chevalley is mixed with the geometric reasoning of

Brill and Noether to turn out the Riemann-Roch Theorem.

These notes are from a path taught to Juniors at Brandeis college in 1967–

68. The direction used to be repeated (assuming the entire algebra) to a gaggle of graduate students

during the extensive week on the finish of the Spring semester. we have now retained

an crucial function of those classes through together with numerous hundred difficulties. The results

of the starred difficulties are used freely within the textual content, whereas the others variety from

exercises to functions and extensions of the theory.

From bankruptcy three on, ok denotes a set algebraically closed box. every time convenient

(including with out remark a few of the difficulties) we have now assumed okay to

be of attribute 0. The minor alterations essential to expand the speculation to

arbitrary attribute are mentioned in an appendix.

Thanks are because of Richard Weiss, a scholar within the direction, for sharing the task

of writing the notes. He corrected many blunders and more advantageous the readability of the text.

Professor PaulMonsky supplied numerous beneficial feedback as I taught the course.

“Je n’ai jamais été assez loin pour bien sentir l’application de l’algèbre à los angeles géométrie.

Je n’ai mois aspect cette manière d’opérer sans voir ce qu’on fait, et il me sembloit que

résoudre un probleme de géométrie par les équations, c’étoit jouer un air en tournant

une manivelle. l. a. most advantageous fois que je trouvai par le calcul que le carré d’un

binôme étoit composé du carré de chacune de ses events, et du double produit de

l’une par l’autre, malgré l. a. justesse de ma multiplication, je n’en voulus rien croire

jusqu’à ce que j’eusse fai los angeles determine. Ce n’étoit pas que je n’eusse un grand goût pour

l’algèbre en n’y considérant que los angeles quantité abstraite; mais appliquée a l’étendue, je

voulois voir l’opération sur les lignes; autrement je n’y comprenois plus rien.”

Les Confessions de J.-J. Rousseau

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5, it suffices to show that mP (F ) is generated by x. 44). Now with the above assumptions, F = Y + higher terms. Grouping together those terms with Y , we can write F = Y G − X 2 H , where G = 1+ higher terms, H ∈ k[X ]. 2. MULTIPLICITIES AND LOCAL RINGS 35 Then y g = x 2 h ∈ Γ(F ), so y = x 2 hg −1 ∈ (x), since g (P ) = 0. Thus m P (F ) = (x, y) = (x), as desired. The converse will follow from Theorem 2. Suppose P is a simple point on an irreducible curve F . We let ordFP be the order function on k(F ) defined by the DVR O P (F ); when F is fixed, we may write simply ordP .

It is easy to see that I n S = (I S)n . Let I , J be ideals in a ring R. Define I + J = {a + b | a ∈ I , b ∈ J }. Then I + J is an ideal; in fact, it is the smallest ideal in R that contains I and J . , if 1 = a + b, a ∈ I , b ∈ J . For example, two distinct maximal ideals are comaximal. Lemma. (1) I J ⊂ I ∩ J for any ideals I and J . (2) If I and J are comaximal, I J = I ∩ J . Proof. (1) is trivial. If I + J = R, then I ∩ J = (I ∩ J )R = (I ∩ J )(I + J ) = (I ∩ J )I +(I ∩ J )J ⊂ J I + I J = I J , proving (2).

To prove (6), it is enough to show that I (P, F ∩ G H ) = I (P, F ∩ G) + I (P, F ∩ H ) for any F,G, H . We may assume F and G H have no common components, since the result is clear otherwise. 42), and define a k-linear map ψ : O /(F, H ) → O /(F,G H ) by letting ψ(z) = G z, z ∈ O (the bar denotes residues). 10, it is enough to show that the sequence ψ ϕ 0 −→ O /(F, H ) −→ O /(F,G H ) −→ O /(F,G) −→ 0 is exact. We will verify that ψ is one-to-one; the rest (which is easier) is left to the reader.