This topics course is being run as an experiment in approaching the basic concepts in several complex variables with the eventual aim of studying some topics in multi-variable complex dynamics. By “complex dynamics”, we mean the the study of the dynamical system that arises in iterating a holomorphic map.
The course will begin with a complete and rigorous introduction to holomorphic functions in several variables and their basic properties. This will pave the way to motivating and studying a concept that is, perhaps, entirely indigenous to several complex variables: the notion of plurisubharmonicity.
Next, we shall look at some of the motivations behind the study of complex dynamics in several variables. Using the tools developed, we shall undertake a crash-course in currents, which are objects central to the study of some aspects of complex dynamics. We shall then cover as much of the following topics as time permits: