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BROWN, ERNEST W. - The Inequalities in the Motion of the Moon Due to the Direct Action of the Planets. An essay which obtained the Adams Prize in the University of Cambridge for the year 1907.

Cambridge University Press 1908. Large octavo, very good in somewhat marked publisher's cloth; xii,92pp and errata leaf. ¶ First edition and quite scarce. "The remaining parts of the lunar theory, and, more especially, the planetary perturbations in the moon's motion are among the most difficult subjects in celestial mechanics. Brown's most original work was in this field." (Schlesinger & Brouwer). It's a bit off the point but this extract from a letter on teaching by Professor W. Edwards Deming of New York University caught my attention: "No luster of personality can atone for teaching error instead of truth. One of the finest teachers that I ever knew could hold 300 students spellbound, teaching what is wrong. The two poorest teachers that I ever had ... were Professor Ernest Brown in mathematics at Yale and Sir Ronald Fisher at University College in London. Sir Ernest will be known for centuries for his work in lunar theory ... People came from all over the world to listen to their impossible teaching, and to learn from them, and learn they did".
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