Projective Varieties with Unexpected Properties
A conference with the same title as this book was held in Siena in June 2004. The book contains research papers related to the topic of the meeting. There are twenty-three contributions in the proceedings on various topics, written by more than forty authors. They include classical themes (Grassmann and Veronese varieties, Fano threefolds, Chow and Segre varieties, Hilbert schemes), discussions of secant and defective varieties, various questions of birational geometry, moduli spaces, topology of real and complex algebraic varieties, phylogenetic algebraic geometry and many others. The book also contains complete information concerning the conference (the schedule, the list of participants and the list of contributors).