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 Title Convex Bodies and Algebraic Geometry: An Introduction to the Theory of Toric Varieties
 Author(s) Tadao Oda
 Publisher: Springer; Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1988 edition (February 23, 2012)
 Paperback 212 pages
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 Language: English
 ISBN10: 364272549X
 ISBN13: 9783642725494
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Book Description
The theory of toric varieties (also called torus embeddings) describes a fascinating interplay between algebraic geometry and the geometry of convex figures in real affine spaces. This book is a unified uptodate survey of the various results and interesting applications found since toric varieties were introduced in the early 1970's.
It is an updated and corrected English edition of the author's book in Japanese published by Kinokuniya, Tokyo in 1985. Toric varieties are here treated as complex analytic spaces. Without assuming much prior knowledge of algebraic geometry, the author shows how elementary convex figures give rise to interesting complex analytic spaces.
Easily visualized convex geometry is then used to describe algebraic geometry for these spaces, such as line bundles, projectivity, automorphism groups, birational transformations, differential forms and Mori's theory. Hence this book might serve as an accessible introduction to current algebraic geometry.
Conversely, the algebraic geometry of toric varieties gives new insight into continued fractions as well as their higherdimensional analogues, the isoperimetric problem and other questions on convex bodies. Relevant results on convex geometry are collected together in the appendix.
About the Authors Tadao Oda is a Japanese mathematician working in the field of algebraic geometry, especially toric varieties.
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