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Mathematics  2007 

Tangential projections and secant defective varieties

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Going one step further in Zak's classification of Scorza varieties with secant defect equal to one, we characterize the Veronese embedding of $\P^n$ given by the complete linear system of quadrics and its smooth projections from a point as the only smooth irreducible complex and non-degenerate projective subvarieties of $\P^N$ that can be projected isomorphically into $\P^{2n}$ when $N\geq\binom{n+2}{2}-2$.


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