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Rigorous trivialities is a web log about mathematics, but especially geometry, broadly construed. Contributors will be Charles Siegel, Jim Stankewicz and occasionally Matt Deland. Charles specializes in algebraic geometry, topology and mathematical physics. Jim specializes in arithmetic algebraic geometry. Matt has transitioned from algebraic geometry to work in industry.

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# Category Archives: Algebraic Topology

## Monodromy and Moduli

Today, we’re going to prove a BIG theorem, but only in the characteristic zero case (we’ll be working over as usual). The theorem is rather tough, and to do it in positive characteristics it’s best done through stacks. Specifically, we’ll … Continue reading

## Monodromy Representations

A departure from directly working with varieties, we’re going to do something that’s strictly topological (at first glance) but which really has deep and important connections with Hodge theory. We’re going to talk about monodromy and monodromy representations. Let be … Continue reading

## Applications of the Schubert Calculus

Ok, this is going to be my last post in enumerative geometry for a while, as I’m kind of drifting away from the subject. However, this one will be fun. We’ve already established the structure of the cohomology ring for … Continue reading

## Pieri and Giambelli Formulas

It’s been a few weeks, but now I’m back and today we’ll talk about the multiplication in the cohomology ring of Grassmannians. Though we won’t talk about the Littlewood-Richardson rule in its full glory, we will howver discuss the special … Continue reading

## Schubert Classes and Cellular Cohomology

So, as of the last post in the series, we defined Schubert cells. We’re going to use them to discuss the Cohomology of the Grassmannian, and to write down an explicit basis. With an eye looking forward, next time, we’ll … Continue reading

## Schubert Varieties

It’s been awhile since the last post, but Spring Break happened. Anyway, back to Schubert Calculus! Last time, we discussed Grassmannians, this time, we’re going to talk about their most important subvarieties, the Schubert Varieties.

## Grassmannians, Redux

Ok, today we start our march towards Schubert Calculus. Before we start, we’ll review the Grassmannian variety itself, because it’s central to the story. A lot of this will consist of setting up notation, and there will be two different … Continue reading

## The Hilbert Polynomial Explained

So, today I discovered something rather nice, that I think could easily get more time in books and the like, but doesn’t. We’ll first have need of a theorem that I don’t want to prove: Theorem: Let be a projective … Continue reading

## The Twenty-Seven Lines on the Cubic Surface

Ok, I just came across this proof, and it’s so cool I have to blog about it. This is not related to my ongoing series, nor is this anything to do with the conference I’m at (I won’t be blogging … Continue reading