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Correspondence and papers relating to Elliptic Functions, 1925-1943


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These papers were contained in an envelope addressed to J.C.P. Miller, with a manuscript note 'Comrie Elliptic Function correspondence etc.' L.J. Comrie was the secretary of the committee, 1928-1937. A further 'Note Added by J.C.P. Miller Aug. 1974' as follows, 'The books on Elliptic Functions by J.W.L. Glaisher, referred to in a letter by G.N. Watson were collected by me after his death from his home in Leaimngton Spa [ie Watson's home], and later presented by me, together with a large collection of Glaisher papers (offprints) to Trinity College Library' [Cambridge]. There is also a red ink note 'for MVW', which refers to Dr. Miler's handing over of all the B.A. Tables Committee material to Professor M.V. Wilkes. The envelope is included in C.4.

Among the first projects initiated by the committee under its first secretary, James Whitbread Lee Glaisher (secretary, 1871-1889), was the preparation of Tables of the Elliptic Theta Functions. Work on this reached an advanced stage, possibly printers' proof, and monies were granted for the publication, but none appeared. L.J. Comrie attempted to trace Glaisher's work with a view to publication but without success. He maintained his interest in the calculation and publication of elliptic functions tables and initiated further correspondence and preliminary work on the subject with J.C.P. Miller, 1941-1943. The disappearance of Glaisher's work was never solved and a brief account appears in the final annual report.


  • Creation: 1925-1943

Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. Eng. misc. c. 676

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