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Tropical Geometry and Mirror Symmetry
Mark Gross, University of California, San Diego, CA
A co-publication of the AMS and CBMS.

CBMS Regional Conference Series in Mathematics
2011; 317 pp; softcover
Number: 114
ISBN-10: 0-8218-5232-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-5232-3
List Price: US$57
Member Price: US$45.60
All Individuals: US$45.60
Order Code: CBMS/114
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See also:

Mirror Symmetry and Tropical Geometry - Ricardo Castano-Bernard, Yan Soibelman and Ilia Zharkov

Mirror Symmetry and Algebraic Geometry - David A Cox and Sheldon Katz

Dirichlet Branes and Mirror Symmetry - Paul S Aspinwall, Tom Bridgeland, Alastair Craw, Michael R Douglas, Mark Gross, Anton Kapustin, Gregory W Moore, Graeme Segal, Balazs Szendroi and PMH Wilson

Tropical geometry provides an explanation for the remarkable power of mirror symmetry to connect complex and symplectic geometry. The main theme of this book is the interplay between tropical geometry and mirror symmetry, culminating in a description of the recent work of Gross and Siebert using log geometry to understand how the tropical world relates the A- and B-models in mirror symmetry.

The text starts with a detailed introduction to the notions of tropical curves and manifolds, and then gives a thorough description of both sides of mirror symmetry for projective space, bringing together material which so far can only be found scattered throughout the literature. Next follows an introduction to the log geometry of Fontaine-Illusie and Kato, as needed for Nishinou and Siebert's proof of Mikhalkin's tropical curve counting formulas. This latter proof is given in the fourth chapter. The fifth chapter considers the mirror, B-model side, giving recent results of the author showing how tropical geometry can be used to evaluate the oscillatory integrals appearing. The final chapter surveys reconstruction results of the author and Siebert for "integral tropical manifolds." A complete version of the argument is given in two dimensions.

A co-publication of the AMS and CBMS.


Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in mirror symmetry and tropical geometry.


"This book is well-written and provides very useful introductory accounts of many aspects of the highly involved subject of mirror symmetry. This book can be extremely helpful to those who want to understand mirror symmetry and the Gross-Siebert program."

-- Mathematical Reviews

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