Complete scans of all volumes of SGA with the exception of SGA 5 which is here, Algébrique (FGA) – A collection of Grothendieck’s Bourbaki Seminar exposés. book “Revetements Etales et Groupe Fondamental”, Lecture Notes in Mathematics, , Springer-Verlag, , by Alexander Grothendieck et al. In French. Préfaisceaux, par A. Grothendieck et J.-L. Verdier: (original, réédition); Topologies et faisceaux, par J.-L. Verdier: (original, réédition); Fonctorialité des.

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A very small minority can and should and will read them as students.

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I should say something about the French. Dear Anonymous, No need to be ashamed I’ve been there too as have many others.

But this isn’t a cause of them being able to do the kind of work they do; it is an effect.

Further, Grothendieck wrote EGA for learning algebraic geometry, one needs only little french to read it and in any case learning french is a grothendiexk personal extension.

It depends on what you are working on. I also read some of Weil’s foundations, as well as books of Lang and some of Zariski’s papers, which helped give an appreciation of other perspectives.

Grothehdieck from ” https: Perhaps students should be encouraged to dip into EGA a little, to realize that it isn’t scary, just long, so when vrothendieck really need it, they won’t be fearful. Edit Expanding on this it seems a lot of people seems it’s just flame: It is an incredible resource, in terms of its completeness, its level of detail, its generality, its open discussion of its goals, assumptions, and choices of proof, and for many other reasons.

But why do you do it if there are so few interesting combinations of these axioms?

After a dispute with Springer, Grothendieck refused the permission for reprints of the series. All this come before and during reading material in your speciality, anything modern, or anything which is just plain fun. When you are starting to learn algebraic geometry you have to cover a lot of material.


Towards a free electronic TeX version of SGA

If you are hrothendieck about arithmetic geometry, then it is hard to avoid reading mathematical French. But this is less true than a generation ago. I suppose I end up giving a rather mushy answer; if reading EGA appeals to you, then you will probably be drawn grothensieck the kind of problems where it’s essential that you’ve read EGA.

I have examined all these books for learning Ag such as Hartshorne’s book but in eventually I learned almost nothing from these books then I had to try other books which are written in the field of algebraic geometry, but unfortunately these books also had the same result as Hartshorne’s book.

Nothing in this answer is what you’re asking for, or even all that close to it. MathOverflow works best with JavaScript enabled. References to SGA typically mean the later, revised editions and not the original fascicles; some of the originals were labelled by capital letters, thus for example S. A careful reading of Hartshorne, especially the last two chapters, would be a good preparation for entering the research literature in this subject, I think.

Post as a guest Name. Learn what you need, do some reading for fun, and do no more. I think EGAs and SGAs are not useful for “students of today” but they are indispensable for “researchers of today”, and “tomorrow”.

There’s a MathOverflow thread in which many smart people caution against spending a lot of time on EGA as a student.

You need to consider non-Noetherian schemes when doing some natural constructions in arithmetic geometry. Even if you want to make progress in a very general, abstract setting, you will need ideas to come from somewhere, motivated perhaps by some new phenomenon you observe in geometry, or number theory, or arithmetic, or ….


I was ashamed I let the immensity of the work scare me away before.

So EGAs are perhaps for the visit 3, or 4. Somewhat more generally, I don’t think that flat descent should be the focus for most students when learning algebraic geometry. The methods of BCHM are techniques of projective and birational geometry.

I just would like to draw your attention to what Luc Illusie, illustrious student of Grothendieck, said to Spencer Bloch in a conversation recently published in the Notices of the AMS:. There is a common feeling that there is an overwhelming amount one has to know just to understand the literature. Sign up or log in Sign up using Google. It is evidently a mathematical masterpiece of a certain kind, but I would never recommend it to a student to study.

Seminaire de Geometrie Algebrique

They understand that for specific questions grothemdieck have to go to this place, the only place where they can find a satisfactory answer. So what are you to do? The seminar notes were eventually published in twelve volumes, all except one in the Springer Lecture Notes in Mathematics series.

Sign up using Email and Password. He strongly suggested to finish all the exercises in Hartshorne but not read Hartshorne. I do hear that there exist Russian and Chinese translations. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Dear Fitzcarraldo, The transcript of this conversation is wonderful. In response to a similar question asked on Terry Tao’s blog, I brothendieck the following advice:.

Last revised on April 22, at And he said it was good to take a look at EGA when you need something. Post as a guest Name. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Grothendjeck Policy.