In 1966, Professor Michael Artin gave a course for first-year graduate students at MIT on commutative algebra. In that course he covered many classical topics, (the Spectrum of a commutative ring, localization, something about sheafs, stalks and exact sequences, projective modules, flatness and an exposition about flat descent). There are some lecture notes for that course: I have a photocopied version of the notes (and I've actually used them as a reference more than once). My question is: did Professor Artin ever publish a book that you know is based on that course (or more recent courses he gave on commutative algebra)?

In my university there are several photocopied-copies of that notes (very popular, indeed!) but I really find difficult to read a book that is typed in such a bad way (Notice that the criticism is just typographical! I love the content and the way in which the material was presented!)

  • $\begingroup$ I am reasonably certain he did not, in the sense that I don't see one online. But why don't you just email him? $\endgroup$ – Qiaochu Yuan Dec 10 '10 at 17:24
  • $\begingroup$ If the answer turns out to be "no", you always have the option of typing them up yourself. Probably many people would be grateful. $\endgroup$ – Pete L. Clark Dec 10 '10 at 17:27
  • $\begingroup$ Dear Pete, of course I would, if I had enough time. But I've been busy in typing the notes of the course that I'm attending now:). Anyway, since I loved the expository style of Professor Artin, I secretly hoped that it was possible to find an "updated" version of that notes (possibly a book). $\endgroup$ – FedeB Dec 10 '10 at 17:37
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    $\begingroup$ artin@math.mit.edu $\endgroup$ – Michael Hardy Dec 10 '10 at 18:48
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    $\begingroup$ @F.Binda: Did you ever get an electronic copy of these notes from Professor Artin? $\endgroup$ – Zev Chonoles Nov 7 '13 at 4:52

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