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Thus each module M over K{_C] defines a family of vector spaces Mx 'parametrised by' the variety C, and in an entirely similar way, a module M over an arbitrary ring defines a family of vector spaces M ®A (A/m) over the various residue fields A/m, 'parametrised by' the set of maximal ideals m of A. The geometrical analogue of this situation is the following: a family of vector spaces over a topological space X is a topological space $ with a continuous map in which every fibre / - 1 ( x ) is given a vector space structure (over R or C), compatible with the topology of 8 in the natural sense.

Hence we can interpret them as maximal ideals (or in another version, prime ideals) of the ring. If M is an ideal 'specifying a point x e X' and ae A, then the 'value' a(x) of a at x is the residue class a + M in A/M. The resulting geometric intuition might at first seem to be rather fanciful. For example, in Z, maximal ideals correspond to prime numbers, and the value at each 'point' (p) is an element of the field Fp corresponding to p (thus we should think of 1984 = 2 6 - 31 as a function on the set of primes1, which vanishes at (2) and (31); we can even say that it has a zero of multiplicity 6 at (2) and of multiplicity 1 at (31)).

In the same way, the study of singularities of analytic maps leads to considering much more complicated commutative rings as invariants of these singularities. Example 11. , Kn,... be an infinite sequence of fields. ) with at e Kh and define operations on them by { a 1 , a 2 , . . , a n , . . ) + ( b 1 , b 2 , . . , b n , . . ) = {a1 + b u a 2 + b 2 , . . ) and We thus obtain a commutative ring called the product of the fields Kh and denoted f ] Kt. ) into its nth component an (for fixed n).