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Ripples and Waves*

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Mr. Froude having called my attention to Mr. Scott Russell's Report on Waves (British Association, York, 1844) as containing observations on some of the phenomena which formed the subject of the preceding letter to him, I find in it, under the heading “Waves of the Third Order,” or, “Capillary Waves” a most interesting account of the “ripples” (as I have called them), seen in advance of a body moving uniformly through water; also a passage quoted by Russell from a paper of date, Nov. 16, 1829, by Poncelet and Lesbros,* where it seems this class of waves was first described.

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