By S. Iitaka

The purpose of this booklet is to introduce the reader to the geometric conception of algebraic types, particularly to the birational geometry of algebraic varieties.This quantity grew out of the author's booklet in eastern released in three volumes through Iwanami, Tokyo, in 1977. whereas penning this English model, the writer has attempted to arrange and rewrite the unique fabric in order that even newbies can learn it simply with no touching on different books, akin to textbooks on commutative algebra. The reader is simply anticipated to understand the definition of Noetherin jewelry and the assertion of the Hilbert foundation theorem.

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Tate. At this point, it is convenient to translate the results of §1 into the geometric framework that we have built up: Definition 2: Let f: X ~ Y be a morphism of affine varieties. Let R and 8 be the coordinate rings of X and Y, and let f*: 8 ~ R be the induced homeomorphism. Then f is finite if R is integrally dependent on the subring f*(8). Note that the restriction of a finite morphism from X to Y to a closed subvariety Z of X is also finite. Examples Nand 0 in §3 are finite morphisms, but example P is not.

QED Now let Y be a closed irreducible subset of a prevariety X. The sheaf 2x induces a sheaf 2y on Y as follows: If V is open in Y, o (V) -y { k-valued functions f on V VxEv, 3 a neighbourhood U of x in X } and a function FE £X(U) such that f = restriction to Un V of F Proposition 5: The pair (Y'2y ) is a prevariety. Proof: This follows immediately from the definition and Proposition 3, §4. 38 lo5 Combining Propositions 4 and 5, we can even give a prevariety structure to every locally closed subset of a prevariety X.

N [f- 1 (V) Then n g -1 Iin f(Z)=9(Z) } ~he affine (V) ] var~ety and this set is closed since V is a true variety. IV. 6 r f be this r f is even a closed subprevariety of xxy isomorphic to which is the graph of f, is closed. Moreover, if we let image, then X under the mutually inverse morphisms: X (here P1: xxy ~ X is the projection). Proposition 5: Let X be a prevariety. Assume that for all x,y E X there is an open affine u aontaining both x and Proof: Suppose f,g: Y Z = {y E ylf(y) ~ y. Then X is a variety.