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Bessel's Functions

Naturevolume 81page68 (1909) | Download Citation



I ONCE stated that a good style of writing English is not a strong point amongst British mathematicians, and the justice of this remark is exemplified by Prof. Hill's letter on this subject (NATURE, July 8), since it contains the phrases Meissel's tables, Smith's tables, Aldis' tables, Isherwood's tables, which are correct; and Bessel functions, British Association tables, which are wrong. It is not in general permissible in English to employ a proper noun as an adjective, for the rules of grammar require either the use of the genitive case, or the conversion of the noun into an adjective, as in the words Newtonian, Lagrangean.

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