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By William Rowan Hamilton, B. K. P. Scaife

This fourth and ultimate quantity of The amassed Papers of Sir William Rowan Hamilton (1805-1865) comprises 3 formerly unpublished and significant manuscripts, specifically, approach of Rays and long letters to de Morgan on yes integrals and Hart on anharmonic coordinates. additionally, the amount includes reprinted papers on geometry, research, astronomy, likelihood, and finite adjustments, in addition to a suite of papers on different subject matters. A cumulative index for all 3 volumes is supplied, in addition to a CD-ROM with all 4 volumes of the accrued Papers.

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Another application of this theory, relates to the surfaces of constant action. We have seen, in the two former parts of this essay, that the rays of an ordinary system are normals to this series of surfaces; and it will be shewn, that in extraordinary systems, the rays may be considered as proceeding from the corresponding series of surfaces according to a law of such a nature that if the rays were to converge to any one point, the surfaces would become spheroids of certain known forms, having that point for centre.

TWO LETTERS TO AUGUSTUS DE MORGAN computed, algebraically, or arithmetically, as I suppose that it usually is, by the help of the equation of differences which it satis®es, through successive steps from its initial pair of values; (and although I have integrated the equation just referred to;) yet it may be allowed me here to make the remark, ± a suf®ciently obvious one, indeed, ± that whenever we know, by any process, for any given value of n, the coef®cients of the polynome M n , we can easily ®nd the corresponding coef®cients of the other polynome N n , by forming the product TM n , where T is the known series (3), and suppressing all the terms whose exponents are greater than n.

100) instead of XII. Instead of assuming the form (93), for the auxiliary function jx, I was lately led to try the effect of assuming this other form, 1 jx ˆ l9x ˆ l ; x (101)à jÀ1 x ˆ l9À1 x ˆ EÀx ; (102) which gave, as its inverse, for jÀ1 , j or simply, xˆ ë ë x ˆ (Àx); j that is, with your notation , and with my symbol À x, (103) ë j the À being here treated as a factor, or as an operator. As I wrote to you lately on some of the results of the assumption of this auxiliary function, j, it may suf®ce here to sketch, in the briefest way, a few of the steps of the proofs which I employed.

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