Reference numberRR/2/36
TitleReferee's report by George Biddell Airy, on a paper 'Further experiments on light' by Henry Lord Brougham
Date17 June 1852
DescriptionNot recommended for publication in the 'Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society'. This second paper is considered better than the first, in that it contains less crude theory. It is worse than the first, in that it contains less 'novel experiment'. 'But is is comparable to the first in this respect, - that it is written in entire ignorance' of the principles and results of the great undulatory theory. 'The paper is more than twenty years behind the actual state of science'. Suggests that any writers putting papers to the Royal Society should have made themselves well acquainted with current theories 'before he troubled the Society with such useless speculations'.

Subject: Physics and Chemistry

[Published in the 'Proceedings of the Royal Society of London]
Physical descriptionLetter on paper
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Access statusOpen
Related materialDOI: 10.1098/rspl.1850.0064 Vol.6 1854
Related records in the catalogueAP/33/7
Fellows associated with this archive
NA8035Airy; Sir; George Biddell (1801 - 1892); astronomer and mathematician1801 - 1892
NA8151Brougham; Henry Peter (1778 - 1868); Baron Brougham and Vaux1778 - 1868
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