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Unpublished paper, 'An attempt to account for the discrepancy between the actual velocity of sound in air or vapour and that resulting from theory' by William Ritchie

Reference number: AP/21/8

Date: November 1836

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Ritchie references Isaac Newton's work on the velocity of an undulation in an elastic medium as well as Pierre-Simon Laplace's attempts to reconcile the difference between theory and observation regarding the velocity of sound in air. Ritchie undertakes calculations and experiments regarding the velocity of sound in air or vapour and shares his observations. Annotated in pencil throughout.

Subject: Physics / Mechanics

Received 30 November 1837. Read 12 January 1837.

Whilst the Royal Society declined to publish this paper in full, an abstract of the paper was published in volume 3 of Abstracts of the Papers Printed in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London [later Proceedings of the Royal Society] as 'An attempt to account for the discrepancy between the actual velocity of sound in air or vapour, and that resulting from theory'.

Reference number
AP/21/8
Earliest possible date
November 1836
Physical description
Ink and graphite pencil on paper
Page extent
16 pages
Format
Manuscript

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William Ritchie

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William Ritchie, Unpublished paper, 'An attempt to account for the discrepancy between the actual velocity of sound in air or vapour and that resulting from theory' by William Ritchie, November 1836, AP/21/8, The Royal Society Archives, London, https://makingscience.royalsociety.org/items/ap_21_8/unpublished-paper-an-attempt-to-account-for-the-discrepancy-between-the-actual-velocity-of-sound-in-air-or-vapour-and-that-resulting-from-theory-by-william-ritchie, accessed on 29 February 2024

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