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Cannot see the question between himself and William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin. The question is the theory of whether a cooling Earth would crack, and how the cracks would be filled. Suggests the best judge would be a physicist, such as the recipient [John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh], Joseph John Thomson, John Henry Poynting or Charles Chree.

Refers to Henry Martyn Taylor, his eye problems and increasing blindness.

Subject: Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry

[Published in the 'Proceedings of the Royal Society of London', 1894]

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RR/12/78
Earliest possible date
18 July 1894
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Letter on paper
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3 pages
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Manuscript

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George Howard Darwin

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George Howard Darwin, Letter from George Howard Darwin, to John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, regarding a paper 'On the straining of the Earth resulting from secular cooling' by Charles Davison, 18 July 1894, RR/12/78, The Royal Society Archives, London, https://makingscience.royalsociety.org/items/rr_12_78/letter-from-george-howard-darwin-to-john-william-strutt-3rd-baron-rayleigh-regarding-a-paper-on-the-straining-of-the-earth-resulting-from-secular-cooling-by-charles-davison, accessed on 20 July 2024

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