Graduate Student Seminar

Title: A Little Classical Algebraic Geometry via Linear Algebra
Speaker: Owen Gwilliam
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We'll talk about the discriminant and the resultant in one dimension, which are natural objects the measure the behavior of single-variable polynomials. We'll then explain how to generalize these constructions to higher dimensions by defining the "determinant of a chain complex" (a rather fancy term for a simple idea). No sheaves, no schemes, no algebra beyond polynomials and vector spaces; just beautiful mathematics from 160 years ago.
Date: Thursday, May 15, 2008
Time: 5:30pm
Where: Lunt 105
Contact Person: Jeff Allotta
Contact email: jallotta@northwestern.edu
Contact Phone: 847-467-1954
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