The Curves The Point of View of Max Noether Probably the oldest references to the problem of resolution of singularities are found in Max Noether's works on plane curves [cf. [148], [149]]. And probably the origin of the problem was to have a formula to compute the genus of a plane curve. The genus is the most useful birational invariant of a curve in classical projective geometry. It was long known that, for a plane curve of degree n having l m ordinary singular points with respective multiplicities ri, i E {1, . . ., m}, the genus p of the curve is given by the formula = (n - l)(n - 2) _ "r. (r. _ 1) P 2 2 L. ., . -- . Of course, the problem now arises: how to compute the genus of a plane curve having some non-ordinary singularities. This leads to the natural question: can we birationally transform any (singular) plane curve into another one having only ordinary singularities? The answer is positive. Let us give a flavor (without proofs) 2 on how Noether did it - To solve the problem, it is enough to consider a special kind of Cremona trans- formations, namely quadratic transformations of the projective plane. Let be a linear system of conics with three non-collinear base points r = {Ao, AI, A }, 2 and take a projective frame of the type {Ao, AI, A; U}.
  • ISBN13: 9789048165735
  • Publisher: Springer
  • Pubilcation Year: 2010
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 00486
SeriesAlgebra and Applications
Series Volume Number4
Publication DateDecember 5, 2010

Resolution of Curve and Surface Singularities in Characteristic Zero

K Kiyek

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