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Naturevolume 79page67 (1908) | Download Citation



I AGREE strongly with all that Mr. Chatley has said. It cannot be too emphatically pointed out that the object of our stability investigations was to show that the subject is capable of being treated mathematically, and that, given the requisite experimental data, the conditions of stability of any system of planes or surfaces can be calculated out in the form of numerical results. The cases in which this was done were intended merely as examples illustrative of the general method, and for this purpose Joëssel's law furnished the simplest assumption available at the time. It will be noticed, too, that arbitrary values were assumed for the moments of inertia of the systems. To draw inferences from the results of examples worked out with this object would be an unfortunate mistake.

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