The Correspondence of Henry Oldenburg, Vol. 9: 1672-1673 by Henry Oldenburg, Rupert A. Hall, Marie B. Hall

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We are very eager to know what you yourself and other anatomists in your native Italy have observed as to this matter. Farewell, and believe me a most zealous admirer o f your learning and virtues. London, 24 April 1672. 3 As noted before, this word was commonly applied to the female gonads, subsequent­ ly recognized and named ovaries. De Graaf never observed the true mammalian egg, but its follicle ; however, his notions were essentially correct. I NOTES Reply to Letter 1936, which had been read to the Society on 18 April.

Car après avoir appli­ qué les extremes données a A ,g G , à la figure entre la droite et la courbe, on [Fig- 3] P a r dies to Oldenburg i i M a y 16 7 2 M a y 16 7 2 59 n’a qu’a diviser l’interceptée ag en b. parties égalés, et les parallèles tirées par ces divisions seront les moyennes requises. Où l’on faut remarquer comme quoy la progression arithmétique peut croitre à l’infini, mais non pas diminuer à cause de l’angle h, où se terminent les lignes, l’harmonique au contraire diminue à l’infini, mais ne croit pas à cause de l’asymptote hH qui termine tout: Mais la géométrique croit et decroit à l’infini, cette ligne A g estant asymptote avec la droit ag s’approche continuellement d’elle vers i et s’en esloigne aussi à l’infini de l’autre part vers h sans trouver aucun terme.

2 See the next letter. 3 See Letter 1908 (Vol. VIII), note 2. 1965 Oldenburg to Swammerdam 24 April 1672 From the copy in Royal Society MS. O z, no. 82 Clarissimo Viro Domino Johanni Swammerdam Medici Doctori Henricus Oldenburg Felicitatem legantis simum munus tuum, Vir Egregie, quo Societatem Regiam locupletare nuper voluisti, fronte adeo serena receptum ab ea fuit, ut quantocyus in mandatis mihi daret, maximas gratias tibi ut agerem, uberrimamque suam in te benevolentiam tibi confirmarem. Male interim nos habet, quod infestis hisce temporibus Matricem illam, reliquasque a Te in litteris tuis commemoratas Humani corporis partes non nisi difficulter consequi valeamus.

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