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The Motion of a Free Rotating Body


I SHALL feel obliged if, through the medium of your widely-circulated journal, you will allow me to point out an extraordinary mistake into which Mr. Radau has fallen, in a memoir inserted in the Annales Scientifiques de I' Ecole Normale Supéreure tom. vi. 1869, in which he criticises certain of my conclusions about the representation of the motion of a free rotating body contained in a paper published by me in the “Philosophical Transactions” for 1866. In his preamble, M. Radau says, speaking of the theory of rotation in connection with the names of Poinsot, Rueb, Jacobi, and Richelot:— “Tout récemment M. Sylvester a essayé d'appliquer au mêne sujet des considérations nouvelles qui l'ont conduite à des résultats intéressants, à côté d'autres dont l'exactitude peut être contesteé.”

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SYLVESTER, J. The Motion of a Free Rotating Body. Nature 1, 482 (1870).

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