So, based on my traffic, I’ve come to the realization that no one wants to see my ramblings about algebraic geometry “from the beginning,” so I’m going to attempt to go back to a less organized style of blogging, and will use those posts as references in lieu of wikipedia. I may stick other posts under the heading, but only when I’m intending to use them as references in the future.

Anyway, looking to get in at least one serious math post this week before the Carnival on Friday, and everyone, PLEASE submit entries, I’ve only got five so far, and a carnival that doesn’t make.

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## About Charles Siegel

Charles Siegel is currently a postdoc at Kavli IPMU in Japan. He works on the geometry of the moduli space of curves.

I’m sorry to hear that. I liked them.

Hey,

Iread that series :PMe too.

Me four.

Keep in mind that you don’t see traffic from Google a given post stuff than you think. In fact, there’s an extent to which the posts with the highest hit count are the most

transientlypopular ones. They’re the hits from people just linking through and loading the actual page, not from subscribers reading the content through another feed reader.I’m also looking for a good introductory book (for the self-taught). Any suggestions? It would be nice if it went through varieties, schemes, and sheafs, but without leaning towards one or the other as they seem to do. Just a question..

Thanks!

Well, for varieties and schemes, you get best results really by picking one and studying it, and I recommend varieties first. However, I’ve heard good things about “Algebraic Geometry and Arithmetic Curves” by Liu and Eisenbud and Harris’s “Geometry of Schemes”

Both start from the position that schemes are best, but talk a lot about varieties as a special case. My recommendation though is that, if you’re a geometry person, learn varieties first, because they’ll match your intuition better and than general schemes will. For the true algebraist, though, schemes are a bit more natural, because finitely generated reduced k-algebras seem somewhat contrived when your real interest is in commutative rings.

This is very overdue, but thank you for the recommendations ;)