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Title

[Letter to George F. Fitzgerald from Sir Oliver Lodge],

Date

Identifier

GFF 2/29

Description

Handwritten letter from Sir Oliver Lodge, 2 Grove Park, Liverpool, to George F. Fitzgerald, dated 1 February 1896. Lodge discusses the physics theories regarding propagation of longitudinal waves. He mentions the physicists J.J. Thomson, James Clerk Maxwell, Philipp Lenard and Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen. 2pp.

Transcription:
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J.J. has a notion that by [dividing?] + and - charges amassed waves of similar size so as not to average up the propagation of molecules but to distribute the [u?] then Maxwell's equation allows a finite propagation of longitudinal waves. I don't like it when he takes bad equations without your recommendations. But he's likely to be right of course if he really has gone into it. It seems to me however that he's knocking his head on that bother of longitudinal propagation of electrostatic potential. We have got effect from sun + arc and em [fas?] lamps- but all are spurious. Light gets through thin aluminium [?]. I can't make out about Packer. I expect he's spurious too. See this weeks Electrician for my articles re Lenard. I don't think you had better depend much on Rontgen's 1/d2. If you want to [?] a pulsating repair with a different law.
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Source

RDS Library & Archives GFF collection of letters

Rights

Copyright RDS Library & Archives. Publication, transmission or display is prohibited without formal written approval of the RDS Library & Archives.

Relation

RDS Science Archive

Format

Manuscript

Language

English

Type

Coverage

1870-1901

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Citation

Lodge, Oliver, Sir, 1851-1940, “[Letter to George F. Fitzgerald from Sir Oliver Lodge],,” RDS, accessed July 17, 2024, https://digitalarchive.rds.ie/items/show/1289.

File

https://library.rds.ie/files/2-29.pdf