This book provides careful and detailed introductions to some of the latest advances in three significant areas of rapid development in commutative algebra and its applications. The book is based on courses at the Winter School on Commutative Algebra and Applications held in Barcelona: Tight closure and vector bundles, by H. Brenner; Combinatorics and commutative algebra, by J. Herzog; and Constructive desingularization, by O. Villamayor. The exposition is aimed at graduate students who have some experience with basic commutative algebra or algebraic geometry but may also serve as an introduction to these modern approaches for mathematicians already familiar with commutative algebra. This book is published in cooperation with Real Sociedad Matemática Española (RSME). Readership Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in commutative algebra and algebraic geometry. |