Synopses & Reviews
Schubert varieties lie at the cross roads of algebraic geometry, combinatorics, commutative algebra, and representation theory. They are an important class of subvarieties of flag varieties, interesting in their own right, and providing an inductive tool for studying flag varieties. The literature on them is vast, for they are ubiquitous--they have been intensively studied over the last fifty years, from many different points of view and by many different authors. This book is mainly a detailed account of a particularly interesting instance of their occurrence: namely, in relation to classical invariant theory. More precisely, it is about the connection between the first and second fundamental theorems of classical invariant theory on the one hand and standard monomial theory for Schubert varieties in certain special flag varieties - the ordinary, orthogonal, and symplectic Grassmannians - on the other. Historically, this connection was the prime motivation for the development of standard monomial theory. Determinantal varieties and basic concepts of geometric invariant theory arise naturally in establishing the connection. The book also treats, in the last chapter, some other applications of standard monomial theory, e.g., to the study of certain naturally occurring affine algebraic varieties that, like determinantal varieties, can be realized as open parts of Schubert varieties.
Review
From the reviews: "The goal of the book is to present the results of Classical Invariant Theory (CIT) and Standard Monomial Theory (SMT) and the connection between the two theories. ... The book is written for a broad audience including prospective graduate students and young researchers. The exposition is self-contained. It may be used for a year long course on Invariant Theory and Schubert varieties." (Dmitrii A. Timashëv, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2008 m) "The book aims to describe the beautiful connection between Schubert varieties and their Standard Monomial Theory (SMT) on the one hand and Classical Invariant Theory (CIT) on the other. ... make the presentation self-contained keeping in mind the needs of prospective graduate students and young researchers. ... The book may be recommended as a nice introduction to SMT and related active research areas. It may be used for a year long course on Invariant Theory and Schubert varieties." (Ivan V. Arzhantsev, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1137 (15), 2008)
Review
From the reviews:
"The goal of the book is to present the results of Classical Invariant Theory (CIT) and Standard Monomial Theory (SMT) and the connection between the two theories. ... The book is written for a broad audience including prospective graduate students and young researchers. The exposition is self-contained. It may be used for a year long course on Invariant Theory and Schubert varieties." (Dmitrii A. Timashëv, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2008 m)
"The book aims to describe the beautiful connection between Schubert varieties and their Standard Monomial Theory (SMT) on the one hand and Classical Invariant Theory (CIT) on the other. ... make the presentation self-contained keeping in mind the needs of prospective graduate students and young researchers. ... The book may be recommended as a nice introduction to SMT and related active research areas. It may be used for a year long course on Invariant Theory and Schubert varieties." (Ivan V. Arzhantsev, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1137 (15), 2008)
Synopsis
Schubert varieties provide an inductive tool for studying flag varieties. This book is mainly a detailed account of a particularly interesting instance of their occurrence: namely, in relation to classical invariant theory. More precisely, it is about the connection between the first and second fundamental theorems of classical invariant theory on the one hand and standard monomial theory for Schubert varieties in certain special flag varieties on the other.