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Toric Varieties in Cortona

Cortona (Italy), July 18-29, 2011

The Summer Graduate Workshop will be held in the Passerini Palace (XVI Century) which belongs to the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
Scientific Committee:
David Cox (Amherst College)

Hal Schenck (University of Illinois)
Organizing Committee:
Giorgio Patrizio (Università di Firenze)

Sandro Verra (Università di Roma Tre)

INdAM (Istituto Nazionale di Alta Matematica), MSRI (Mathematical Science Research Institute) and SMI (Scuola Matematica Interuniversitaria) will sponsor a summer graduate workshop (SGW) on toric varieties in Cortona during summer of 2011; the workshop will reprise the very successful SGW on toric varieties held at MSRI in 2009.

Toric varieties are algebraic varieties defined by combinatorial data, and there is a wonderful interplay between algebra, combinatorics and geometry involved in their study. Many of the key concepts of abstract algebraic geometry (for example, constructing a variety by glueing affine pieces) have very concrete interpretations in the toric case, making toric varieties an ideal tool for introducing students to hard to understand concepts.

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