Reference numberRR/16/400
TitleReferee's report by William Burnside, on a paper 'Mathematical concepts of the material world' by Alfred North Whitehead
DateOctober 1905
DescriptionWithout expressing any opinion on the physical speculations contained here and there in the memoir, as a whole the paper is a most valuable contribution to the logical study of the foundations of geometry and it ought to be published in the Philosophical Transactions

Burnside provides a note which might be sent to the author in which he queries whether the statement on page 39 by the authority of Veblem that 'from these twelve axioms the whole of geometry can be deduced' can possibly be true. Explains why he thinks the introduction of the theory of interpoints on page 54, at this point, before any of the axioms connected with concepts IV and V have been given, is distinctly puzzling.

[Published in Philosophical Transactions A, 1906].
Physical descriptionLetter on paper
Access statusOpen
Related materialDOI: 10.1098/rsta.1906.0014
Related records in the catalogueRR/16/399
Fellows associated with this archive
NA6254Burnside; William (1852 - 1927)1852 - 1927
NA6260Whitehead; Alfred North (1861 - 1947)1861 - 1947
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