The first purpose of schemes theory is the geometrical study of solutions of algebraic systems of equations, not only over the real/complex numbers, but also over integer numbers (and more generally over any commutative ring with 1).It was finalized by Alexandre GROTHENDIECK, during the 1950's and ...

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Extending properties of commutative rings to schemes

I'm trying to pin down the various ways we can extend a property of commutative rings to a corresponding property for schemes. Let $P$ be a property of commutative rings. We could define a scheme ...
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When is the push-forward of the structure sheaf locally free

Let $f:X\longrightarrow Y$ be a morphism of noetherian schemes. Under what conditions is $f_\ast \mathcal{O}_X$ a locally free $\mathcal{O}_Y$-module? Example 1. Suppose that $f$ is affine. Then ...
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Restriction of Proj S to D(f) is isomorphic to Spec S_{(f)}

$S$ is a graded ring (over non-negative integers), $f \in S_{+}$ is a homogeneous element of positive degree, $D(f)$ the elements of Proj $S$ not containing $f$. I don't see the bijection between ...
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Philosophy : seeking examples illuminating deeper geometric ideas behind base change of schemes

So for certain base changes, it's clear that 'base change' really means base change from high school : for example, if a curve is defined over a field, it will be of course defined over any extension ...
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Closed subschemes and pulling back the structure sheaf via the inclusion map

I would just like a clarification related to closed subschemes. If $(X,{\cal O}_X)$ is a locally ringed space and $A\subset X$ is any subset with the subspace topology then $i^{-1}{\cal O}_X$ will be ...
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Quotient morphisms in the category of schemes

Which morphisms of schemes (or varieties, if you prefer) $\pi: X \rightarrow Y$ are quotient morphisms, i.e. satisfy the following universal property (*)? (*) For any morphism $f:X \rightarrow Z$, ...
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What is the difference between Grothendieck groups K_0(X) vs K^0(X) on schemes?

More specifically, I was wondering if there are well-known conditions to put on $X$ in order to make $K_0(X)\simeq K^0(X)$. Wikipedia says they are the same if $X$ is smooth. It seems to me that you ...
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Extending vector bundles on a given open subscheme

Many people seem to know the following. Personally, I don't quite understand it though and maybe I'm wrong. It's the fact that "a vector bundle on an open subscheme extends in only one way to a vector ...
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When singular points of a reduced scheme are not dense in it?

A stupid AG question: could singular (Zarisky) points be dense in a reduced (Noetherian) scheme $S$? If yes, which 'standard' restrictions on $S$ could ensure that this does not happen? For example, ...
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Given a morphism from X to Y, when is the morphism from O_Y to the pushforward of O_X injective

I would like to know under what condition the morphism $\mathcal{O}_Y\longrightarrow f_\ast \mathcal{O}_X$ induced by a morphism $f:X\longrightarrow Y$ of schemes is injective. Let me give an example ...
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Quasi-coherent sheaves of O_X-algebras

Let $X$ be a quasi-compact scheme and let $\mathcal{A}$ be a quasi-coherent sheaf of $\mathcal{O}_X$-algebras on $X$. $X$ being quasi-compact, we can write $X = U_1 \cup \dots \cup U_n$ with each ...
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Ring-theoretic characterization of open affines?

Background Recall that, given two commutative rings $A$ and $B$, the set of morphisms of rings $A\to B$ is in bijection with the set of morphisms of schemes $\text{Spec}(B)\to\text{Spec}(A)$. ...
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Properties stable under base change in algebraic geometry

I remember to have seen a big list in the EGA of properties $(P)$ such that: if $f : X \to Y$ has $(P)$ then, $f_{(S')} : X_{(S')}\to Y_{(S')}$ has $(P)$, where $f_{(S')}$ is the morphism $f$ after a ...
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Construction of the petit Zariski topos out of the gros topos of a scheme

Let S be a scheme. Let (Sch/S) be a small category of schemes over S (including essentially all finitely presented schemes affine over S). Let E = (Sch/S)zar denote the gros Zariski topos with its ...
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Functoriality of Hironaka's resolution of singularities

Is Hironaka's resolution of singularities functorial? I know that the resolution is not unique, there are flips etc. But if we have a rational map f:X---> Y, can we chose resolutions X'->X and Y'->Y ...
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Images and Monomorphisms of Schemes

If $X$ is an object in an arbitrary category, there is a natural definition of a subobject of $X$ as a monomorphism into $X$ (or really an equivalence class of monomorphisms). If $X$ is a scheme, ...
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Infinite projective space

Is infinite (say complex) projective space a scheme? More generally, can schemes have infinite cardinal dimension? It seems that infinite dimensional projective space is not a manifold, since it is ...
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morphism of schemes that is closed at topological space level

Suppose $X\stackrel f\to Y$ be a morphism of finite type $k$-schemes, where $k$ is a field; for the time being let me say that $k$ is algebraically closed. Then one knows that $f$ takes $k$-valued ...
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Functorial characterization of morphisms of schemes

This question is akin in spirit to this one: Functorial characterization of open subschemes? In the above MO question, a "functorial" characterization is given for closed immersions and open ...
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Relationship between Line Bundles with isomorphic ring of sections

Suppose two positive holomorphic line bundles $L_1 \to X_1, L_2\to X_2$ over two projective complex manifold $X_1, X_2$ have isomorphic ring of sections $R=R_1=R_2$ where ...
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Affine morphisms in different settings coincide?

1.If we identify two schemes $X$ and $Y$ as two presheaves of set on category of affine schemes.($Aff:=\text{CRing}^{op}$) If there is a morphism as natural transformations $f:X\to Y$, then, how to ...
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How much of scheme theory can you visualize?

I am just starting to learn about schemes and algebraic geometry in general, but I am finding it very hard to visualize things. For example, affine schemes that look like varieties are easily ...
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Closed vs Rational Points on Schemes

Background: When Ueno builds the fully faithful functor from Var/k to Sch/k he mentions that the variety $V$ can be identified with the rational points of $t(V)$ over $k$. I know how to prove this on ...
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A book on locally ringed spaces?

Are there enough interesting results that hold for general locally ringed spaces for a book to have been written? If there are, do you know of a book? If you do, pelase post it, one per answer and a ...
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Nonalgebraic complex varieties

I'm turning here (a variation of) a question asked by a friend of mine. For the purposes of this question I will say that a compact complex manifold is projective if it is isomorphic to a subvariety ...
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A closed subscheme of an open subscheme that is not an open subscheme of a closed subscheme?

A morphism $f: V \rightarrow X$ of schemes is a locally closed immersion if it can be factored into a closed immersion followed by an open immersion. It is not hard to show that if $f$ is an open ...
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Reduced scheme and closed points

In The Geometry of Schemes by Eisenbud and Harris, Exercise I-32 asks one to show that a scheme $X$ is reduced if and only if every local ring $\mathcal{O}_{X,p}$ is reduced for closed points $p \in ...
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Commutative rings to algebraic spaces in one jump?

Typically, in the functor of points approach, one constructs the category of algebraic spaces by first constructing the category of locally representable sheaves for the global Zariski topology ...
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Non-simply-connected smooth proper scheme over Z?

Source This question came up in the discussion between Kevin Buzzard and Minhyong Kim in the comments to Smooth proper scheme over Z. It was 2 weeks ago, so I took the liberty of posting it as ...
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Arbitrary products of schemes don't exist, do they?

Thinking of arbitrary tensor products of rings, $A=\otimes_i A_i$ ($i\in I$, an arbitrary index set), I have recently realized that $Spec(A)$ should be the product of the schemes $Spec(A_i)$, a ...
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The category of finite locally-free commutative group schemes

I'm trying to understand the properties of the category $FL/S$ of finite locally-free commutative group schemes over an arbitrary base-scheme $S$. I know it is not in general an abelian category: Over ...
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Can an algebraic space fail to have a unviersal map to a scheme?

Let $\mathcal{X}$ be an algebraic space. Can it happen that there does not exist a map $\mathcal{X} \to X$ with $X$ a scheme that is initial for maps from $\mathcal{X}$ to schemes? Are there ...
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Constructing a degeneration (as a group scheme) of G_m to G_a

SGA 3, expose 12, remark 1.6 says that one can easily construct a group scheme over a discrete valuation ring with generic fiber Gm and special fiber Ga. What is such an example?
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What are the Benefits of Using Algebraic Spaces over Schemes?

I have heard that algebraic spaces have better formal properties than schemes. What are these benefits? Also, is there a natural way to go straight from affine schemes to algebraic spaces bypassing ...
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Can isomorphisms of schemes be constructed on formal neighborhoods?

Let (A,m) be a complete local Noetherian ring and let X and Y be two schemes of finite type over A (and flat over A). Let Xn and Yn be the reductions of X and Y mod mn+1. Question: Suppose there ...
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Functorial characterization of open subschemes?

Given a morphism of schemes f: U → X, can one determine when f is an isomorphism of U onto an open subscheme of X in terms of some induced functors between the categories of quasicoherent modules ...
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Spectrum of the Grothendieck ring of varieties

Here's a problem that may ultimately require just simple algebraic-geometry skills to be solved, or perhaps it's very deep and will never be solved at all. From the comments, some literature and my ...
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Is there an example of a variety over the complex numbers with no embedding into a smooth variety?

Is there an example of a variety over the complex numbers with no embedding into a smooth variety?
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Is there an example of a formally smooth morphism which is not smooth?

A morphism of schemes is formally smooth and locally of finite presentation iff it is smooth. What happens if we drop the finitely presented hypothesis? Of course, locally of finite presentation is ...
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Can one check formal smoothness using only one-variable Artin rings?

Let f:X -> Y be a morphism of schemes over a field k. Can one check that f is formally smooth using only Artin rings of the form k'[t]/t^n, where k' is also a field? Considering cuspidal curves one ...