My question is of historical nature: when did mathematicians start studying algebraic geometry over finite fields in a systematic way, and who were the main driving forces ?
Did it start with Weil (and the Weil conjectures) ?
My question is of historical nature: when did mathematicians start studying algebraic geometry over finite fields in a systematic way, and who were the main driving forces ?
Did it start with Weil (and the Weil conjectures) ?