MATH 214B: Algebraic Geometry


Instructor: Burt Totaro.

  • Lecture: MWF 11-11:50, MS 7608.

    There is no class on Monday, May 29 (Memorial Day).

  • Textbook: Hartshorne's Algebraic Geometry (Springer) is the main book for the class. The UCLA Store should be selling it in their textbook department on floor A. Other useful books include Kempf's Algebraic Varieties (Cambridge), a short book that gets surprisingly far, and Vakil's The Rising Sea, free on the web.

    Complex algebraic geometry (using differential geometry and complex analysis) is not the main focus of the class, but it is an important alternative point of view. The standard reference on complex algebraic geometry is Griffiths and Harris's Principles of Algebraic Geometry (Wiley); Huybrechts's Complex Geometry (Springer) is a shorter introduction.

  • Prerequisite: Math 214A Algebraic Geometry is required.  

  • Grading: Based on three homework sets.

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  • Homework 1 (due Monday, April 24, 2017).

  • Homework 2 (due Monday, May 15, 2017).

  • Homework 3 (due Monday, June 5, 2017).