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(I don’t think that being educated dummy is something bad – in fact, I consider myself to be one).

Around month ago, I gave here, at Warsaw University, a very introductory talk about Gromov-Witten invariants. It was aimed at students who hadn’t heard about this topic but who knew standard things from university course: cohomology, vector bundles, Chern classes, Poincare duality, etc. There were also some local wise men and they didn’t say I totally screw it up.

It was based on first 9 chapters of a Sheldon Katz’s fantastic book: “Enumerative geometry and string theory” . This is suberbly written, it starts at the level of highschool students and it ends… well I don’t actually know where it ends, because I still have some chapters to read, but it surely introduces Gromov-Witten invariants.

Accordingly, the book has actually one disadvantage: Katz tries to explain really all, even things like what topology is. So, in case You know at least very roughly things I mentioned above, You may want to read notes I prepared.

Everything is in “algebraic geoemtry framework” – so that it’s meaningful to speak about for example cubics in P2. When I write Pn, I mean CPn. I use unicode for mathematical notation.

Any kind of feedback is welcomed!

BTW, I just found out that Sheldon is actually a name, not surname. When I was writing the notes, I didn’t check it and so I write “Sheldon’s book” instead of “Katz’s book”. Sorry for that.

BTW2, There’s a new edition of a book “J-holomorphic curves and symplectic topology” by Dusa McDuff and Dietmar Salamon. It has about 5 000 000 pages (I know what I’ve seen. However, Amazon says it has 669). First edition had 200 and I could at least dream of understanding it someday. Life’s so damn cruel.

BTW3, WOW!!! Maxim Kontsevich comes to Warsaw next week!!!! Believe it or not, but in the last post I chose Kontsevich as a random Fields medalist! :-).

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