There are two main things to note before I hit the main components of this ~~rant~~ ~~tryst~~ exposition. Number one:

In my department, Algebraic Geometry is a *big deal*. We have two (count it: one, two) algebraists whose expertise in the subject is second-to-none, and we have another cluster who – despite being *cross denominational* in their research – are truly masters in the field.

In my department, Algebraic Geometry is a big deal.

It’s unsurprising, too, I guess: Since Grothendieck revamped the field in the 50s and 60s, its usefulness has been realized to be extremely wide-spread and, as such, people really *really* care about it.

~~In my department,~~ Algebraic Geometry is a big deal. That’s the first thing to keep in mind.

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