# Proof of expanding algebraic functions by Puiseux series

Hi,

I'm told that a basic result in algebraic geometry is that all algebraic functions $w(z)$ of one variable given by the equation:

$$f(w,z)=a_n(z)w^n+a_{n-1}(z)w^{n-1}+\cdots+a_0(z)=0$$

can be written in terms of fractional power series of the form:

$$w(z)=\sum_{n=-\infty}^{\infty}a_n \left(z^{1/d}\right)^n$$

Might someone here suggest an accessible reference that goes over the proof or perhaps take a moment to explain some of the basic ideas behind the proof to me?

Thanks,
Jack

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