By Joe Harris
This publication is predicated on one-semester classes given at Harvard in 1984, at Brown in 1985, and at Harvard in 1988. it's meant to be, because the identify indicates, a primary creation to the topic. on the other hand, a couple of phrases are so as concerning the reasons of the e-book. Algebraic geometry has built significantly over the past century. in the course of the nineteenth century, the topic was once practiced on a comparatively concrete, down-to-earth point; the most items of research have been projective kinds, and the concepts for the main half have been grounded in geometric structures. This strategy flourished throughout the center of the century and reached its fruits within the paintings of the Italian institution round the finish of the nineteenth and the start of the 20 th centuries. finally, the topic was once driven past the boundaries of its foundations: by way of the top of its interval the Italian institution had advanced to the purpose the place the language and methods of the topic may possibly now not serve to precise or perform the guidelines of its most sensible practitioners.