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The book presents the very first comprehensive introduction to the algebro-geometric aspects of mirror symmetry. Taking into account that a reader who wants to learn about mirror symmetry has to face many tough obstacles, the authors have tried to arrange the material, in its full variety and complexity, in such a way that the entire text appears as being largely self-contained, systematizing, throughout well-motivated, reasonably detailed and complete, comprehensible, inspiring, and complementary to the current research literature. The book was primarily written to address the recent mathematical framework of mirror symmetry and, as far as possible, to show how this mathematical abstraction reflects the original spirit of the underlying physics. Accordingly, the authors had two primary target audiences in mind: Mathematicians wanting to learn about the recent developments in mirror symmetry, and physicists who are acquainted with mirror symmetry wanting to learn about the solid mathematical background of the subject. With all these ambitious, high-minded and methodologically very challenging goals in mind, the authors have succeeded to write a masterpiece of an encyclopaedic textbook that really leaves nothing to be desired. The contents of the book are arranged as follows: In their preface to the book, the authors explain the main goals they are striving for, the relation between mathematics and physics reflected by the text, and how to read the book in different ways. Then the text is divided into twelve chapters. (Zentralblatt)

Bibliogr. p. 437-451. Index

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