WHO WE ARE
The people who participated during the past academic year are teachers and researchers, whose expertise lies primarily outside of Algebraic Geometry. A curiosity about Algebraic Geometry, along with a compelling desire to learn the subject from a novice viewpoint, and realizing that textbooks and workers in the field are not particularly useful to that end, resulted in our decision to teach ourselves as much as possible. As a basis for the study we selected a few of the simpler book resources and systematically progressed through these, while learning along the way. The path is slow and uncertain, because Algebraic Geometry is a subject that draws from many other established disciplines to a greater or lesser extent. Along the way participants tender their questions and extensions that lead to further study.
MISSION STATEMENT (Statement of Direction)
As an objective the current participants will continue to build skills and to formulate questions in Algebraic Geometry. It is anticipated that other interested graduate and advanced undergraduate students will want to join the effort, thereby strengthening and enlarging upon the basic work of understanding Algebraic Geometry. Additional proficiency can be attained by discovering books and articles of a relevant nature, attendance at seminars and conferences, and tutelage wherever it can be obtained. Progress toward competency will result in the production of a compendium of class notes that might be helpful to others, publishable research efforts, and the design of an entry level course in the subject accessible to advanced undergraduates. Applications are encouraged in other mathematical disciplines, such as engineering mathematics and cryptography. Best practices result when the study group is necessarily not too large and does not devolve to an enterprise.