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Not recommended for publication in the 'Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society'. Cannot add any further comments to his previous report, and concurs with the ote by Arthur Cayley on 11 April [RR/5/200]. The remarks of the second referee [RR/5/189 or RR/5/190] do not take reciprocity into account. Finds the notes on 10 and 12 April by the author to weaken his case. In a private postscript, suggests it would be best if the author withdraw his paper, or if not, to publish with modifications. Another mathematician has published an attempted proof in the Berlin Academy publications. Refers to work by Joseph-Louis Lagrange.

Subject: Mathematics

[Published in the 'Proceedings of the Royal Society of London', 1863]

Reference number
RR/5/199
Earliest possible date
31 May 1863
Physical description
Letter on paper
Page extent
8 pages
Format
Manuscript

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Henry John Stephen Smith

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Henry John Stephen Smith, Second referee's report by Henry John Stephen Smith, on a paper 'On Fermat's theorem of the polygonal numbers. —Second communication' by Jonathan Frederick Pollock, 31 May 1863, RR/5/199, The Royal Society Archives, London, https://makingscience.royalsociety.org/items/rr_5_199/second-referees-report-by-henry-john-stephen-smith-on-a-paper-on-fermats-theorem-of-the-polygonal-numbers-second-communication-by-jonathan-frederick-pollock, accessed on 16 April 2024

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