Transactions of the International Astronomical Union


IT is difficult to speak without admiration of this volume and of the indefatigable editorship of Prof. F. J. M. Stratton, formerly secretary of the Union, to whose almost unaided efforts we owe it. Following a brief report and financial statement from the Executive Committee, there appear the reports of the presidents of the thirty-one Commissions which form the Union. These deal with topics so diverse as notations, meridian astronomy, chromospheric phenomena, wave-lengths, nebulae, radial velocities and stellar statistics. Amongst so much that is good, each reader, depending upon his ignorance or his knowledge, will select some reports as outstanding; for his part, the reviewer would choose Fowler on wave-lengths and Jackson on meridian astronomy.

Transactions of the International Astronomical Union

Vol. 5: Fifth General Assembly held at Paris, July 10 to July 17, 1935. Edited by F. J. M. Stratton, Pp. viii + 429. (Cambridge: At the University Press, 1936.) 15s. net.

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P., H. Transactions of the International Astronomical Union. Nature 138, 902–903 (1936).

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