An Invitation to Quantum Cohomology: Kontsevich's Formula for Rational Plane Curves (Progress in Mathematics #249) (Hardcover)

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This elementary introduction to stable maps and quantum cohomology presents the problem of counting rational plane curves; the viewpoint is mostly that of enumerative geometry. Emphasis is given throughout the exposition to examples, heuristic discussions, and simple applications of the basic tools to best convey the intuition behind the subject. The book demystifies these new quantum techniques by showing how they fit into classical algebraic geometry. The book is ideal for self-study, as a text for a mini-course in quantum cohomology, or as a special topics text in a standard course in intersection theory. The book will prove equally useful to graduate students in the classroom setting as to researchers, geometers, and physicists working in the field.



Product Details
ISBN: 9780817644567
ISBN-10: 0817644563
Publisher: Birkhauser
Publication Date: October 24th, 2006
Pages: 162
Language: English
Series: Progress in Mathematics