The plan to write this book was laid out in April 1987 at Oberwolfach, dur- ing the Conference "Reelle Algebraische Geometrie". Afterwards we met at various conferences and seminars in Luminy, Madrid, Munster, Oberwolfach, Segovia, Soesterberg, Trento and La Turballe. We would like to thank the or- ganizers and the institutions which supported these meetings. With pleasure we remember the special year on Real Algebraic Geometry and Quadratic Forms (Ragsquad) in Berkeley 1990/91 where an essential part of this book was written. Thanks to T.Y. Lam and R. Robson. We are indepted to our Departments: Universidad Complutense de Madrid and WestfiiJische Wilhelms-Universitiit Munster, as well as the D.A.A.D. and the D.G.I.C.y'T .. It is not possible to mention here all colleagues and friends who showed permanent interest in the project. They encouraged us to continue and com- plete this work. In particular, we are obliged to Jacek Bochnak, Mike Buchner, Michel Coste and Claus Scheiderer for proofreading and helpful suggestions. While the work was still in progress, Manfred Knebusch used parts of our manuscript for a course on Real Algebraic Geometry.
His experience con- vinced us that it was worth pursuing a fully abstract approach. We were also in permanent contact with Murray Marshall, and the reader will recognize the mutual influence of ideas. We are also indebted to Professor Reinhold Remmert and to the Springer- Verlag for publishing the book in this series.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG ISBN: 9783642800269 Number of pages: 270 Weight: 434 g Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 15 mm Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 199
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