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By Serge Lang (auth.)

Diophantine difficulties characterize many of the most powerful aesthetic sights to algebraic geometry. They consist in giving standards for the lifestyles of suggestions of algebraic equations in jewelry and fields, and at last for the variety of such suggestions. the basic ring of curiosity is the hoop of standard integers Z, and the elemental box of curiosity is the sector Q of rational numbers. One discovers speedily that to have the entire technical freedom wanted in dealing with basic difficulties, one needs to ponder jewelry and fields of finite variety over the integers and rationals. in addition, one is resulted in think of additionally finite fields, p-adic fields (including the genuine and intricate numbers) as representing a localization of the issues into account. we will care for worldwide difficulties, all of that allows you to be of a qualitative nature. at the one hand we have now curves outlined over say the rational numbers. Ifthe curve is affine one could ask for its issues in Z, and due to Siegel, you may classify all curves that have infinitely many quintessential issues. This challenge is handled in bankruptcy VII. One could ask additionally for these that have infinitely many rational issues, and for this, there's basically Mordell's conjecture that if the genus is :;;; 2, then there's just a finite variety of rational points.

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The case of characteristic > 0 is standard, since the prime ring is a field (Noether's Normalization Theorem). The case of interest to us here is that of characteristic O. Denote by R Q the algebra generated over Q by R. By the normalization theorem, there exist elements t 1 , ••• ,tr E R algebraically independent over Q such that R Q is integral over Q[t l ' ... ,tr]. • ,tr]. Since this latter ring is integrally closed, its integral closure in the quotient field of R is a finite module over it, say by lAG, Theorem 2 of Chapter V, §l.

Now let L be a projective module of rank lover o. As o-module, such L is isomorphie to some fractional ideal 0, but we prefer to keep L separate from any embedding in K. Alternatively, if the reader does not wish to use the words projective or rank, we let L be a finitely generated torsion free module over o. I caU such L a line module over 0 (to avoid caUing L a line bundle, since the bundle itself would require further terminology to define). Let v be archimedean. Let K v be the completion, wh ich can be identified with C or R.

4. Divisors on Schemes To a large extent, the constant field in the last section was irrelevant. We used it mostly in connection with the projective embedding, and to get the product formula. For the general theory of divisors, it played no role, and so we go through once again the general discussion of divisors in the context ofschemes. We first start in the analogue of the affine case. Let R be a Noetherian ring which we ass urne normal, meaning that it has no divisors of zero and is integrally closed in its quotient field, which we denote by K.

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