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 geometryDaniel 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

Examples of algebraic geometry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Alexander Grothendieck made foundational contributions to the field of algebraic geometry in pursuit of Weil’s conjectures. Kevin Hartnett, Quanta Magazine, 6 May 2024 Introduction You were drawn to math because of Grothendieck’s revolution in algebraic geometry. Quanta Magazine, 13 Mar. 2024 The Mandelbrot set is deeply related not just to dynamics, but also to number theory, topology, algebraic geometry, group theory and even physics. Quanta Magazine, 26 Jan. 2024 Zhang’s result drew on a version of the Riemann hypothesis that lives in the world of algebraic geometry. Erica Klarreich, Quanta Magazine, 26 Oct. 2023 See all Example Sentences for algebraic geometry 

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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 24 Jul. 2024.

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