Department of
Mathematics Stony Brook University, The State University of New York |

Mark Andrea de
Cataldo
Algebraic Geometry at Stony Brook Office: Math 5-108 e-mail: mark.decataldoATstonybrook.edu |
Teaching
Research |

- Fall 2017 MAT 544
(Algebra III: research articles reading
seminar). I want to
try something a bit different from what is usual. In short, the course
will take the form of an ``algebraic geometry research articles
seminar". Each student will be assigned research articles to present in
class.The articles will be carefully chosen as to not require, with the
help of my guidance, previous exposure to algebraic geometry. Students
and I will regularly discuss their progress in reading the papers and
in preparing their in-class presentations. Such presentations should be
organized and delivered so that all the other students can understand
them. When needed, I will lecture before and/or after each presentation
in order to set the stage and/or to place the results into context.The
main principle behind this course is to allow a student curious about
research-level algebraic geometry to catch a glimpse of the world of
research in algebraic geometry, without having to first ``read
Hartshorne and Griffiths-Harris". Pre-reqs: students must have passed
the comps by the beginning of the Fall Semester. If you are curious
about this course, but are unsure if it is a good fit for you, just
talk to me between now and the end of the summer. We can chat in person
or via skype and identify suitable papers etc. If you are an incoming
new graduate student, then you should discuss this with the director of
graduate studies immediately after you pass the comps and when you are
about to choose your courses. I am happy to discuss with you at anytime
the basic structure of the course.