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Correspondence and papers relating to Elliptic Functions, 1925-1943

MS. Eng. misc. c. 676
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  1. (fols. 1-36) C.1 correspondence and calculations on Elliptic Functions, 1925-1928, with a manuscript covering note, '1943 May 27. This file contains correspondence relating to tables of Elliptic Funcctions that were contemplated in 1928. L.J.C.' Contains correspondence of Comrie with various colleagues (Louis V. King, Harold Jeffreys, E.L. Ince, Arthur Berry, Walter D. Lambert) about work on Elliptic Integrals, the use of 'calculating machines' and his proposed publication of 4-figure tables. His exchange of letters with Arthur Berry (Mar 1928) alerted him to Glaisher's work 'said to be partly in type at the C.U. Press', and the work was also quoted as a reference in manuscript calculations accompanying a letter from Louis King (Feb 1928) and marked 'X!!!L.J.C.'.
  2. (fols. 37-83) C.2 correspondence with R. Vere Laurence, W. Lewis, F. Puryer White, A.R. Forsyth, G.N. Watson, E.H. Neville, J.R. Airey, K. Pearson and W.H. Macaulay, 1929-1935, with manuscript covering note, 'Relating to Glaisher's Tables of Elliptic Functions. To be returned to L.J.C.' Glaisher died in 1928 and Comrie became secretary of the committee in the same year. The correspondence deals with his attempts to locate or trace the history of Glaisher's work on Elliptic Functions from executors, colleagues, Cambridge University Press etc. The folder also includes extracts from the British Association reports relating to the committee for 1872-1880, an extract from Glaisher's own account of his work and an extra copy of the 1930 report in which the matter is discussed.
  3. (fols. 84-95) C.3 'The Tabulations of Elliptic Functions', paper prepared by J.C.P. Miller, with revisions and further notes after discussions and correspondence with colleagues, Aug-Oct 1941
  4. (fols. 96-129) C.4 correspondence and calculations on Elliptic Functions, 1943, including letters from Comrie to Miller on possible publication of tables on Bessel Functions and Elliptic Functions, with calculations by Miller and a letter to Miller from A. Fletcher. The original envelope with the covering notes is included here.


  • Creation: 1925-1943


129 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Eng. misc. c. 676

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