algebraic geometry


Definition of 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 Anthropologist Clifford Geertz speaks of new "blurred genres" in scholarship, fields like cognitive science, molecular biology, bioethics, and algebraic geometry— Daniel McNeill et al. 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

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One method arose in the mathematical field of algebraic geometry. Kevin Hartnett, WIRED, "Exploring the Mirror Link Between Two Geometric Worlds," 15 Apr. 2018

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1821, in the meaning defined above

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