algebraic geometry


: a branch of mathematics concerned with describing the properties of geometric structures by algebraic expressions and especially those properties that are invariant under changes of coordinate systems
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especially : the study of sets of points in space of n dimensions that satisfy systems of polynomial equations in which each equation contains n variables

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Melanie Matchett Wood, 41, a Harvard number theorist who also studies algebraic geometry, is an infectious mathematician. Karen Heller, Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2022 Certain versions of algebraic geometry codes might just work. Jordana Cepelewicz, Quanta Magazine, 19 Sep. 2022 That wouldn’t come for more than a century, when in 1980 Phillip Griffiths and Joe Harris used modern techniques in algebraic geometry to show that the Brill-Noether theorem was indeed true. Jordana Cepelewicz, Quanta Magazine, 25 Aug. 2022 Ostensibly, the course was an introduction to algebraic geometry, the study of solutions to algebraic equations and their geometric properties. Quanta Magazine, 5 July 2022 Their proof pulled in an esoteric piece of algebraic geometry known as Hodge theory, named after William Vallance Douglas Hodge, a British mathematician. New York Times, 5 July 2022 Last Theorem was proved, by Andrew Wiles, in 1994, Grothendieck’s contributions to algebraic geometry were essential. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 Amy Ksir, a math professor who specializes in algebraic geometry, began teaching at the Naval Academy in 2003, receiving tenure in 2007. Cathy Alter, Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2022 Recently Goins, whose research focuses on number theory and algebraic geometry, has been part of a team working to update the Web site Mathematicians of the African Diaspora, also known as the MAD Pages. Rachel Crowell, Scientific American, 12 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1821, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of algebraic geometry was in 1821

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“Algebraic geometry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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