3-15-35. George Howard Darwin to H. Poincaré

Oct. 12.01

Newnham Grange–Cambridge

Dear Monsieur Poincaré

I have no doubt you are substantially right,11 1 Poincaré had recently charged Darwin with error (§ 3-15-34). and I cannot now recall the argument which made me think as I did. Is not it at least partially true? At any rate I have made the first calculation of my coeffts (other than $\mathfrak{K}_{3}$) for $y=75^{\circ}$, $\kappa=\sin 81^{\circ}5^{\prime}$ and find

$\displaystyle\mathfrak{K}^{1}_{3}$ $\displaystyle=.130$ $\displaystyle\mathbf{K}^{1}_{3}$ $\displaystyle=.224$ $\displaystyle\mathfrak{K}^{2}_{3}$ $\displaystyle=.460$ $\displaystyle\mathbf{K}^{2}_{3}$ $\displaystyle=.465$ $\displaystyle\mathfrak{K}^{3}_{3}$ $\displaystyle=.604$ $\displaystyle\mathbf{K}^{3}_{3}$ $\displaystyle=.614$

I shall go on and compute for $\kappa=\sin 81^{\circ}4^{\prime}$ – for the Jacobian is $\kappa=\sin 81^{\circ}4.4^{\prime}$. In this way I have an independent calculation & verification.

I have found an error in my calculation of $\mathbf{K}^{1}_{3}$ for $y=69^{\circ}50$, $\kappa=\sin 73^{\circ}56^{\prime}$. It shd be $.299$ & not $.236$. This does not disturb the order in which the $K$’s are arranged.

If it would be of any help to you I will send you my compn of the critical Jacobian.

Having struggled so much with arithmetic and realised its extreme difficulty, it is a comfort to me to hear you confess yourself a bad calculator.22 2 See Poincaré to Darwin (§ 3-15-34).

Yours sincerely,

G. H. Darwin

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