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The Spike or Victoria University College Review June 1925

Mathematical and Physical Society

Mathematical and Physical Society.

"For he. by geometric scale
Could take the size of pot of ale;
Resolve by sines and tangents, straight.
If bread or butter wanted weight;
And wisely tell what hour o' th' day
The clock does stride by algebra."


The new year saw quite a well-attended gathering at the Annual General Meeting of the Mathematical and Physical Society, at which Mr. H. McWilliams presided. Last year's report and balance-sheet were read and received.

Officers were elected who have succeeded in producing a programme worthy of the Society, setting out this year's activities.

Greetings have been exchanged with our sister Association, the Canterbury University College Scientific Society.

The patrons have again favoured the Society by providing light refreshments after our meetings. We wish to thank Professor and Mrs. Sommerville, Professor and Mrs. Florance and Miss Marwick for their hospitality on these occasions.

Our sessions opened with an interesting lecture by Professor Sommervilee, D.Sc., on "Fermat and the Theory of Numbers." At the next meeting Mr. A. Jackson, M.Sc., on the Physics side, dealt with the "Theory of the Rutherford-Bohr Atom." which he illustrated with lantern slides. It was of particular interest especially when we remember that Sir Ernest Rutherford is visiting our College later in the year.

Lectures on the "Duplication of the Cube" and the "Trisection of the Angle," by Messrs. Miller and Shotlander respectively, proved an interesting evening, more so because one of the speakers produced a working model.

The remainder of the session promises to be instructive. It is gratifying to note the interest being taken in the Society. Meetings are held fortnightly on alternate Tuesday evenings, the time and place being posted on the notice board. The Secretary is always pleased to give further information regarding the activities of the Society.