By Igor R. Shafarevich, Miles Reid

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Prool. These conditions are all obviously necessary. If an algebra A is generated by finitely many elements tl,"" tn then A ~ k[Tb ... , Tnll~, where tl is an ideal of the polynomial ring k[Tb"" Tn]. Suppose that ~ = (Fb ... , Fm ), and consider the closed set X c An defined by the equations Fl = ... = Fm = OJ we prove that ~x =~, from which it will follow that k[X] ~ k[Tb ... , Tnll~ ~ AIf F E ~x then Fr E ~ for some r > 0 by the Nullstellensatz. Since A has no nilpotents, also F E~. Thus ~x c~, and since obviously ~ c ~x, we have ~x = ~.

If the Fi don't have any common factor, then they don't have any common roots, and X does not contain any points. Fi is D{T) then 24 Chapter 1. Basic Notions D(T) = (T - al)'" (T - an) and X consists of the finitely many points T= ab ... ,T = an. Example 4. Let us determine all the closed subsets X is given by a system of equations FI(T) c A2. A closed subset = ... = Fm(T) = 0, (1) where now T = (Tb T 2 ). If all the Fi are identically 0 then X = A2. Suppose this is not the case. If the polynomials F b .

Hence our curve is nonsingular. The map (x, y) 1-+ (x, -y) is obviously a birational map of the curve to itself. Its fixed points in the finite part of the plane are the points with y = 0, x 3 + px + q = 0, that is, there are 3 such points. £, -v). We have constructed on an elliptic curve an automorphism having 4 fixed points. It follows from this that an elliptic cUnJe is not bimtional to a line, that is, is not mtionaL This shows e 20 Chapter 1. Basic Notions that the problem of birational classification of curves is not trivial: not all curves are birational to one another.