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## Idea

The notion of geometric point refers to a certain kind of morphism between schemes in algebraic geometry; that is, to a specialized sort of generalized element of a scheme.

While a point in a topological space, $X$, can be thought of as a continuous function from a singleton space to $X$, in algebraic geometry the ‘spaces’ come with more structure as they are schemes and singletons correspond to the spectra of fields. Category-theoretically, one may think of any morphism into $X$ as a generalized point of $X$, but when doing geometry it is often appropriate to restrict to a subclass of these to consider as the (less generalized) “points”.

## Definition

Suppose a scheme $S$ is defined over a field $k$, so is equipped with a morphism to $Spec (k)$.

###### Definition

A geometric point $\xi$ in $S$ is a morphism from the spectrum $Spec(\overline{k})$ to $S$ where $\overline{k}$ is an algebraic closure/separable closure of $k$.

###### Remark

In general the set of geometric points of a scheme is different from the set of ordinary points of its underlying topological space.