Reference numberRR/15/273
TitleReferee's report by Joseph Larmor, on a paper 'The application of the kinetic theory of gases to to electric, magnetic & optical properties of diatomic gases' by George Walker Walker
Date8 February 1901
DescriptionSectional Committee: Physics and Chemistry

Not recommended for publication in Philosophical Transactions, in its present form. The illustrations might be reduced in scale into woodcuts. The calculations are given at too great a length and there is little evidence of acquaintance with recent attempts in the same direction, with the attempt at a theory of diatomic molecules expounded by Boltzmann in his 'Vorlesungen [uber Gastheorie]', or with the attempts at optical theory by [Paul] Drude and other writers. If it were customary to publish degree dissertations in England, as in Germany, the essay might very well appear in this form. An abstract of this paper should appear in a publication of the Royal Society, leaving out the algebraic details and unsupported expressions of opinion.

Describes what such an abstract ought to obtain; namely a full account of the investigation of the effect produced on isolated ions by a train of electric[?] waves, which is interesting and new. If the author can disentangle and state in a general argument the grounds for the formula regarding the dielectric constant of a gas, this would also be new and striking. The case might be met by the publication of a copious abstract. Less meritorious pieces of physical mathematics have recently appeared in full in the Transactions.

He has reason to believe that Professor [George Francis] Fitzgerald and Professor J J Thomson ave already reported on this essay.

[Published in Proceedings of the Royal Society, 1901].

Endorsed on verso as received 8 February 1901.
Physical descriptionStandardised form (type A)
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Access statusOpen
Related materialDOI: 10.1098/rspl.1901.0123
Related records in the catalogueRR/15/274
Fellows associated with this archive
NA7894Larmor; Sir; Joseph (1857 - 1942); physicist1857 - 1942
NA1196Walker; George Walker (1874 - 1921)1874 - 1921
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