Course Announcement

UC Berkeley,
Spring Semester 2000

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Math 256B: Algebraic Geometry - Toric Varieties

Instructor: Bernd Sturmfels (bernd@math, Evans 701)

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Time: ** Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00-12:30

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Place: ** 65 Evans Hall

We continue our introduction to modern algebraic geometry with a study of
toric varieties. Toric varieties involve polyhedral geometry and combinatorics,

and they have numerous applications both within mathematics and outside.
This class will be fairly independent from Math 256A and it might be of
independent interest to advanced graduate students, in particular, those
working in geometry, representation theory or mathematical physics.

Most of the lectures will follow the required text book

William Fulton: Introduction to Toric Varieties,
Princeton University Press, 1993.

or the following expository article written by David Cox:

Recent developments in toric geometry. Algebraic Geometry -
Santa Cruz 1995, 389--436, Proc. Symp. Pure Math.,
62, Amer. Math. Soc., Providence, 1997.