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Post-Prandial Proceedings of the Cavendish Society

Nature volume 119, page 233 (12 February 1927) | Download Citation



THIS collection of verses began with a few songs written for ‘community singing’ at the annual dinners of the research students of the Cavendish Laboratory. The first collection was privately printed in 1904, and similar editions with new songs added appeared in 1906, 1907, and 1911. Some of these were of a purely ephemeral interest and were omitted in the first published edition of 1920. The present edition was published in connexion with the dinner held in celebration of the seventieth birthday of Sir J. J. Thomson. Several of the songs are tributes to him, including a “Biographical Sketch,” which gives a versified account of his career up to date. The author of this, as of most of the best songs in the volume, shelters himself modestly behind the initials “A. A. R.” The ‘J. J.’ songs reveal the extraordinarily happy personal relations which have always bound the research students to their professor, while the songs in honour of Sir Ernest Rutherford are sufficient evidence that the old tradition is being carried on. The remaining songs deal with important branches of modern physics from the electromagnetic theory to the quantum theory. All old Cavendish students will welcome the appearance of this new edition, which is greatly improved in form, and a much wider public will find it both interesting and entertaining.

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