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Introduction to Plane Algebraic Curves

Kunz, Ernst

Translated by Belshoff, R.G.

Based on the original German edition, "Ebene algebraische Kurven", Der Regensburg Trichter, 23, Universität Regensburg, ISBN 3-88246-167-5, © 1991 Ernst Kunz; English translation by Richard G. Belshoff.

2005, XII, 293 p. 52 illus.

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"This text stands out by the author's...writing style characterized by its systematic representations, didactical perfection, comprehensiveness, mathematical rigor, thematic determination, and striving for self-containedness. Like in most of his other textbooks on algebra and algebraic geometry [the author] focuses on the inseparable interplay between those two branches of mathematics, and again he presents and hits for further reading. There is no doubt that the international mathematical community, including students and teachers, will welcome the overdue English edition of this masterly textbook as a very special and useful addition to the great standard texts on plane curves."      —Zentralblatt MATH

"The translation of the book is impeccable, one would never imagine that the book was written in another language. Moreover, the exposition is very clear and the reading flows nicely. The book is a very good choice for a first course in algebraic geometry. As a prerequisite the reader needs some basic notions of algebra; the rest of the needed algebraic requirements are developed in the appendices."   —MAA Reviews

From a review of the German edition:  "[T]he reader is invited to learn some topics from commutative ring theory by mainly studying their illustrations and applications in plane curve theory. This methodical approach is certainly very enlightening and efficient for both teachers and students…The whole text is a real masterpiece of clarity, rigor, comprehension, methodical skill, algebraic and geometric motivation…highly enlightening, motivating and entertaining at the same time…One simply cannot do better in writing such a textbook."   —Zentralblatt MATH



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