By Ernesto Girondo

Few books as regards to Riemann surfaces hide the fairly glossy concept of dessins d'enfants (children's drawings), which was once introduced by means of Grothendieck within the Nineteen Eighties and is now an lively box of study. during this publication, the authors start with an straight forward account of the speculation of compact Riemann surfaces considered as algebraic curves and as quotients of the hyperbolic aircraft via the motion of Fuchsian teams of finite variety. They then use this information to introduce the reader to the speculation of dessins d'enfants and its reference to algebraic curves outlined over quantity fields. a good number of labored examples are supplied to help figuring out, so no adventure past the undergraduate point is needed. Readers with none earlier wisdom of the sphere of dessins d'enfants are taken speedily to the leading edge of present examine.

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