[Letters to the Editor]


REFERRING to Sir James Jeans's letter in NATURE of Jan. 17, p. 89, I may say that I fully acknowledged in my paper of November 1929 (Mon. Not. Roy. Ast. Soc., 90, p. 20) that Sir James was the first to recognise the principle that the mass M and luminosity L of a star are independent variables as regards steady state considerations. On p. 53 of that same paper (a page of which Jeans himself quotes in another connexion) I made a general reference of obligation to his work. In my last paper (Mon. Not. Roy. Ast. Soc., 91) I build on Jeans's permanent contributions to science in three places, mentioning him by name (pp. 4, 9, 51). I could not, however, adduce any of the specific results of his theory of stellar equilibrium in support of my conclusions, for they are totally different; and I could not contrast his results with mine without venturing to discuss his mathematics.

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MILNE, E. [Letters to the Editor]. Nature 127, 269 (1931). https://doi.org/10.1038/127269b0

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