Cremona Transformations in Plane and Space.
Hudson, Hilda.

Cambridge: At the University Press, 1927. First edition of a classic work. Bookplates of Bedford College Library for Women, rubberstamp on title-page, but no other library markings. A good to very good copy, tight and clean. Dark blue cloth with gilt spine. Large octavo. (Item ID: 14260)


This is the book for which Hilda Hudson (1881-1965) is best known. "Although she published several papers in applied mathematics (1917–20) and a well-"received monograph, Ruler and Compasses (1916), most of Hudson's work was in the area of pure mathematics concerned with algebraic surfaces and plane curves. Cremona transformation, an analytical technique for studying the geometry of these, was her special interest. Though now displaced by powerful tools of abstract algebra, it was then a subject of considerable activity. Her exceptional geometrical intuition led her by basically elementary methods to solutions of quite difficult problems (reported in seventeen articles, 1911–29), and her much-quoted treatise, the culmination of nearly two decades of scholarly work, presented a unified account of the major elements of the field, supplemented with an extensive annotated bibliography" (Oxford DNB).

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