By Michael Gekhtman

Cluster algebras, brought by way of Fomin and Zelevinsky in 2001, are commutative jewelry with unit and no 0 divisors built with a exclusive kin of turbines (cluster variables) grouped in overlapping subsets (clusters) of a similar cardinality (the rank of the cluster algebra) hooked up by way of trade kinfolk. Examples of cluster algebras contain coordinate earrings of many algebraic forms that play a fashionable function in illustration conception, invariant thought, the examine of overall positivity, and so forth. the speculation of cluster algebras has witnessed a marvelous progress, at the start because of the many hyperlinks to a variety of matters together with illustration conception, discrete dynamical platforms, TeichmÃ¼ller thought, and commutative and non-commutative algebraic geometry. This e-book is the 1st dedicated to cluster algebras. After offering the required introductory fabric approximately Poisson geometry and Schubert forms within the first chapters, the authors introduce cluster algebras and turn out their major houses in bankruptcy three. This bankruptcy might be seen as a primer at the idea of cluster algebras. within the ultimate chapters, the emphasis is made on geometric elements of the cluster algebra idea, specifically on its relatives to Poisson geometry and to the speculation of integrable structures.

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