Reference numberRR/15/97
TitleReferee's report by Augustus Edward Hough Love, on a paper 'The kinetic accumulation of stress, illustrated by the theory of impulsive torsion' by Karl Pearson
Date12 July 1900
DescriptionSectional committee: Physics and chemistry

Not recommended for publication in Philosophical Transactions. The methods employed present nothing that seems new, any estimate of the merits of the paper must depend on the importance of the results. Explains assumptions by the author which he thinks have greatly diminished the value of the results, with reference to Saint-Venant's theory of torsion, and Wöhler's law. Even if Love has underestimated the importance of the results the paper is still unsuitable for publication in the Transactions on account of the unnecessarily detailed way in which it is written.
Much space is devoted to criticism of Wöhler's experiments and deductions but the exact view entertained by the author in regard to the true theory is not stated explicitly. Would prefer to leave to others more conversant with practical matters the final judgment as to the value of Pearson's results. If it is thought worthy of publishing, the paper should be condensed by omitting explanations which would be unnecessary for expert readers by; stating the solution of his mathematical problems in terms of discontinuous functions, by omitting most of the merely numerical calculations, and by inserting such tables and diagrams as are only essential to his argument or to the statement of his results.

[Not published].

Endorsed on verso as received 14 July 1900.
Physical descriptionStandardised form (type A) and note on paper
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Access statusOpen
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NA8002Pearson; Karl (1857 - 1936); statistician and eugenicist1857 - 1936
NA7994Love; Augustus Edward Hough (1863 - 1940)1863 - 1940
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