Acta Mathematica

, Volume 66, Issue 1, pp 253–332 | Cite as

Some special nets of quadrics in four-dimensional space

  • W. L. Edge


Secant Plane Double Curve Quartic Surface Quartic Curve Jacobian Curve 
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© Almqvist & Wiksells Boktryckeri-A.-B. 1936

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. L. Edge
    • 1
  1. 1.Edinburgh

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