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The paper premises that its argument is conditional, that it adopts all the fundamental optical conditions as they are received, that the received centre of motion is not one of these, but is supposed to be legitimately derived from them, and that Tupper disputes this and proposes first to show that this conclusion is inconsistent with its premises, and that a different though indefinite conclusion is thence derivable; second, by experiment, to develop and reduce that conclusion to a definite form; and third, to verify it by anatomical induction.

Marked on front as 'Archives Jan 7/75'. Contains seven pages of diagrams relating to the eye.

Subject: Physiology / Optics

Received 15 May 1874. Read 18 June 1874. Communicated by S [Samuel] James A [Augustus] Salter.

Whilst the Royal Society declined to publish this paper in full, an abstract of the paper was published in volume 22 of the Proceedings of the Royal Society as 'On the centre of motion in the human eye'.

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John Lucas Tupper

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John Lucas Tupper, Unpublished paper, 'On the centre of motion in the human eye' by John Lucas Tupper, 1874, AP/56/5, The Royal Society Archives, London,, accessed on 17 June 2024

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