Reference numberRR/15/400
TitleReferee's report by Francis Henry Neville, on a paper 'Chemical dynamics and statics in light' by Meyer Wilderman
DateFebruary 1902
DescriptionSectional Committee: Physics and Chemistry

Recommended for publication in Philosophical Transactions, on the grounds that it is a definite addition to knowledge, but the grammar and style of the paper are very unsatisfactory and must be revised before publication. Pages 31-41 describing the acetylene generator are certainly not at all appropriate matter for Transactions and might be replaced by a brief statement that by improving the valves of this generator a constant pressure of gas was obtained. The engravings of the generator should also be omitted. Did not find the six photographs of any assistance in reading the paper and thinks they could be omitted without loss. The author has omitted to state the scale of relation between the curves and tables. The curves should have on the same, or on the opposite page, an explanation stating what is plotted and the scale. The diagrams at page 25, 48, table one, and the curves should all be reproduced. The author has taken great pains to prepare pure gases but has allowed his chlorine to be in contact at one point with india rubber. On the whole the author has succeeded in a difficult experiment. The part of the paper which deals with his 'periods of induction & deduction', pages 76 et cetera, is to Neville the least satisfactory, and Neville briefly mentions other qualitative studies on the action of light on the system by Von Recklinghausen and Bevan.

[Published in Philosophical Transactions A, 1902].

Endorsed on verso as received 17 February 1902.
Physical descriptionStandardised form (type A) and note on paper
Digital imagesView item on Science in the Making
Access statusOpen
Related materialDOI: 10.1098/rsta.1902.0017
Related records in the catalogueRR/15/398
Fellows associated with this archive
NA6166Neville; Francis Henry (1847 - 1915)1847 - 1915
Add to My Items

    Collection highlights

    Browse the records of some of our collections, which cover all branches of science and date from the 12th century onwards. These include the published works of Fellows of the Royal Society, personal papers of eminent scientists, letters and manuscripts sent to the Society or presented at meetings, and administrative records documenting the Society's activities since our foundation in 1660.

    The Royal Society

    The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of
    the world's most eminent scientists and is the
    oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.
    Registered charity number 207043

    Website design ©CalmView


    + 44 207 451 2500
    (Lines open Mon-Fri, 9:00-17:00. Excludes bank holidays)

    6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

    Email Us →


    Subscribe to our newsletters to be updated with the
    latest news on innovation, events, articles and reports.

    Subscribe →

    © CalmView