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The irreducibility of the space of curves of given genus
 Publ. Math. IHES
, 1969
"... Fix an algebraically closed field k. Let Mg be the moduli space of curves of genus g over k. The main result of this note is that Mg is irreducible for every k. Of course, whether or not M s is irreducible depends only on the characteristic of k. When the characteristic s o, we can assume that k ~ ..."
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Fix an algebraically closed field k. Let Mg be the moduli space of curves of genus g over k. The main result of this note is that Mg is irreducible for every k. Of course, whether or not M s is irreducible depends only on the characteristic of k. When the characteristic s o, we can assume that k ~ (1, and then the result is classical. A simple proof appears in EnriquesChisini [E, vol. 3, chap. 3], based on analyzing the totality of coverings of p1 of degree n, with a fixed number d of ordinary branch points. This method has been extended to char. p by William Fulton [F], using specializations from char. o to char. p provided that p> 2g qi. Unfortunately, attempts to extend this method to all p seem to get stuck on difficult questions of wild ramification. Nowadays, the Teichmtiller theory gives a thoroughly analytic but very profound insight into this irreducibility when kC. Our approach however is closest to Severi's incomplete proof ([Se], Anhang F; the error is on pp. 344345 and seems to be quite basic) and follows a suggestion of Grothendieck for using the result in char. o to deduce the result in char. p. The basis of both Severi's and Grothendieck's ideas is to construct families of curves X, some singular, with pa(X)=g, over nonsingular parameter spaces, which in some sense contain enough singular curves to link together any two components that Mg might have. The essential thing that makes this method work now is a recent " stable reduction theorem " for abelian varieties. This result was first proved independently in char. o by Grothendieck, using methods of etale cohomology (private correspondence with J. Tate), and by Mumford, applying the easy half of Theorem (2.5), to go from curves to abelian varieties (cf. [M2]). Grothendieck has recently strengthened his method so that it applies in all characteristics (SGA 7, ~968) 9 Mumford has also given a proof using theta functions in char. ~2. The result is this: Stable Reduction Theorem. Let R be a discrete valuation ring with quotient field K. Let A be an abelian variety over K. Then there exists a finite algebraic extension L of K such
Homological Algebra of Mirror Symmetry
 in Proceedings of the International Congress of Mathematicians
, 1994
"... Mirror Symmetry was discovered several years ago in string theory as a duality between families of 3dimensional CalabiYau manifolds (more precisely, complex algebraic manifolds possessing holomorphic volume elements without zeroes). The name comes from the symmetry among Hodge numbers. For dual Ca ..."
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Mirror Symmetry was discovered several years ago in string theory as a duality between families of 3dimensional CalabiYau manifolds (more precisely, complex algebraic manifolds possessing holomorphic volume elements without zeroes). The name comes from the symmetry among Hodge numbers. For dual CalabiYau manifolds V, W of dimension n (not necessarily equal to 3) one has dim H p (V, Ω q) = dim H n−p (W, Ω q). Physicists conjectured that conformal field theories associated with mirror varieties are equivalent. Mathematically, MS is considered now as a relation between numbers of rational curves on such a manifold and Taylor coefficients of periods of Hodge structures considered as functions on the moduli space of complex structures on a mirror manifold. Recently it has been realized that one can make predictions for numbers of curves of positive genera and also on CalabiYau manifolds of arbitrary dimensions. We will not describe here the complicated history of the subject and will not mention many beautiful contsructions, examples and conjectures motivated
Comprehending Monads
 Mathematical Structures in Computer Science
, 1992
"... Category theorists invented monads in the 1960's to concisely express certain aspects of universal algebra. Functional programmers invented list comprehensions in the 1970's to concisely express certain programs involving lists. This paper shows how list comprehensions may be generalised t ..."
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Category theorists invented monads in the 1960's to concisely express certain aspects of universal algebra. Functional programmers invented list comprehensions in the 1970's to concisely express certain programs involving lists. This paper shows how list comprehensions may be generalised to an arbitrary monad, and how the resulting programming feature can concisely express in a pure functional language some programs that manipulate state, handle exceptions, parse text, or invoke continuations. A new solution to the old problem of destructive array update is also presented. No knowledge of category theory is assumed.
Domain Theory
 Handbook of Logic in Computer Science
, 1994
"... Least fixpoints as meanings of recursive definitions. ..."
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Least fixpoints as meanings of recursive definitions.
Monads for functional programming
, 1995
"... The use of monads to structure functional programs is described. Monads provide a convenient framework for simulating effects found in other languages, such as global state, exception handling, output, or nondeterminism. Three case studies are looked at in detail: how monads ease the modification o ..."
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The use of monads to structure functional programs is described. Monads provide a convenient framework for simulating effects found in other languages, such as global state, exception handling, output, or nondeterminism. Three case studies are looked at in detail: how monads ease the modification of a simple evaluator; how monads act as the basis of a datatype of arrays subject to inplace update; and how monads can be used to build parsers.
GromovWitten classes, quantum cohomology, and enumerative geometry
 Commun. Math. Phys
, 1994
"... The paper is devoted to the mathematical aspects of topological quantum field theory and its applications to enumerative problems of algebraic geometry. In particular, it contains an axiomatic treatment of Gromov–Witten classes, and a discussion of their properties for Fano varieties. Cohomological ..."
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The paper is devoted to the mathematical aspects of topological quantum field theory and its applications to enumerative problems of algebraic geometry. In particular, it contains an axiomatic treatment of Gromov–Witten classes, and a discussion of their properties for Fano varieties. Cohomological Field Theories are defined, and it is proved that tree level theories are determined by their correlation functions. Application to counting rational curves on del Pezzo surfaces and projective spaces are given. Let V be a projective algebraic manifold. Methods of quantum field theory recently led to a prediction of some numerical characteristics of the space of algebraic curves in V, especially of genus zero, eventually endowed with a parametrization and marked points. It turned out that
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