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The Dynamics of a Golf Ball

Nature volume 85, page 306 (05 January 1911) | Download Citation



WITH a view to reproduction in the forthcoming Life of the late Prof. Tait, I have just been editing his popular article on long driving, which appeared in the Badminton Magazine of March, 1896. On reading Sir J. J. Thomson's lecture, as published in NATURE of December 22, 1910, I was greatly struck with the strong resemblance between golf-ball paths worked out mathematically by Tait and the stream lines of the electrified particles in the ingenious experiment devised by Sir J. J. Thomson. A few of Tait's calculated curves were given in NATURE, vol. xlviii. (June 29, 1893); but better examples will be found in the second paper on the path of a rotating spherical projectile (Trans. R.S.E., vol. xxxix., or Scientific Papers, vol. ii., p. 386) and in the article on long driving already mentioned.

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  1. Edinburgh University, January 2.

    • C. G. KNOTT


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