Mirror Symmetry and Algebraic Geometry (Mathematical Surveys and Monographs)

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Mirror symmetry began when theoretical physicists made some astonishing predictions about rational curves on quintic hypersurfaces in four-dimensional projective space. Understanding the mathematics behind these predictions has been a substantial challenge. This book is the first completely comprehensive monograph on mirror symmetry, covering the original observations by the physicists through the most recent progress made to date. Subjects discussed include toric varieties, Hodge theory, Kähler geometry, moduli of stable maps, Calabi-Yau manifolds, quantum cohomology, Gromov-Witten invariants, and the mirror theorem.

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As the authors observed, the greatest obstacle facing a mathematician who wants to learn about mirror symmetry is knowing where to start. Another problem is the scattering of many mathematical ideas throughout the physics literature, which is difficult for mathematicians to read. The present book seems to be a successful attempt to collect all these ideas. It could also be used as a starting reference for mathematicians interested in learning about mirror symmetry. It is especially very helpful for the reader that the authors have summarized in Appendix B some of the key points of physical theories mentioned in the book.
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