The Projective Geometry of Freudenthal's Magic Square Academic Article uri icon


  • We connect the algebraic geometry and representation theory associated to Freudenthal's magic square. We give unified geometric descriptions of several classes of orbit closures, describing their hyperplane sections and desingularizations, and interpreting them in terms of composition algebras. In particular, we show how a class of invariant quartic polynomials can be viewed as generalizations of the classical discriminant of a cubic polynomial. 2001 Academic Press.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Algebra

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Landsberg, J. M., & Manivel, L.

citation count

  • 45

complete list of authors

  • Landsberg, JM||Manivel, L

publication date

  • May 2001