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Book DetailsMathematical Surveys and MonographsVolume: 198; 2014; 267 ppMSC: Primary 11; 14; 16;
The central theme of this book is the study of rational points on algebraic varieties of Fano and intermediate type—both in terms of when such points exist and, if they do, their quantitative density. The book consists of three parts. In the first part, the author discusses the concept of a height and formulates Manin's conjecture on the asymptotics of rational points on Fano varieties.
The second part introduces the various versions of the Brauer group. The author explains why a Brauer class may serve as an obstruction to weak approximation or even to the Hasse principle. This part includes two sections devoted to explicit computations of the Brauer–Manin obstruction for particular types of cubic surfaces.
The final part describes numerical experiments related to the Manin conjecture that were carried out by the author together with AndreasStephan Elsenhans.
The book presents the state of the art in computational arithmetic geometry for higherdimensional algebraic varieties and will be a valuable reference for researchers and graduate students interested in that area.ReadershipGraduate students and research mathematicians interested in computational arithmetic geometry.

Table of Contents

Chapters

1. Introduction

Part A. Heights

Chapter I. The concept of a height

Chapter II. Conjectures on the asymptotics of points of bounded height

Part B. The Brauer group

Chapter III. On the Brauer group of a scheme

Chapter IV. An application: The Brauer–Manin obstruction

Part C. Numerical experiments

Chapter V. The Diophantine equation $x^4 + 2 y^4 = z^4 + 4 w^4$

Chapter VI. Points of bounded height on cubic and quartic threefolds

Chapter VII. On the smallest point on a diagonal cubic surface

Appendix


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The central theme of this book is the study of rational points on algebraic varieties of Fano and intermediate type—both in terms of when such points exist and, if they do, their quantitative density. The book consists of three parts. In the first part, the author discusses the concept of a height and formulates Manin's conjecture on the asymptotics of rational points on Fano varieties.
The second part introduces the various versions of the Brauer group. The author explains why a Brauer class may serve as an obstruction to weak approximation or even to the Hasse principle. This part includes two sections devoted to explicit computations of the Brauer–Manin obstruction for particular types of cubic surfaces.
The final part describes numerical experiments related to the Manin conjecture that were carried out by the author together with AndreasStephan Elsenhans.
The book presents the state of the art in computational arithmetic geometry for higherdimensional algebraic varieties and will be a valuable reference for researchers and graduate students interested in that area.
Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in computational arithmetic geometry.

Chapters

1. Introduction

Part A. Heights

Chapter I. The concept of a height

Chapter II. Conjectures on the asymptotics of points of bounded height

Part B. The Brauer group

Chapter III. On the Brauer group of a scheme

Chapter IV. An application: The Brauer–Manin obstruction

Part C. Numerical experiments

Chapter V. The Diophantine equation $x^4 + 2 y^4 = z^4 + 4 w^4$

Chapter VI. Points of bounded height on cubic and quartic threefolds

Chapter VII. On the smallest point on a diagonal cubic surface

Appendix