Part of the Aspects of Mathematics book series (ASMA, volume 15)


The aim of this course is the study of rational and integral points on algebraic varieties, especially on curves or abelian varieties. Before the end of the last century only special cases had been considered. The first general results are found, around 1890, in the work of Hurwitz and Hilbert [HH] where they introduced the, nowadays natural, viewpoint of algebraic geometry: if X and X′ are two birationally equivalent algebraic curves over Q in P 2 , their rational points correspond. Hence the importance of birational invariants, in particular the genus.


Rational Point Integral Point Abelian Variety Sporadic Simple Group Affine Line 
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© Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chaire d’Algèbre et GéométrieCollège de FranceParisFrance

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