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Plate 2
Fig. 5a [upper left] (× 50 diameters)
Fig. 5b [upper right] (× 50 diameters)
Fig. 5c [lower left] (× 80 diameters)
Fig. 5d [lower right] (× about 500 diameters)
cropped from borders, and rearranged

ex S. W. J. Smith (1871-1948). “The Thermomagnetic Analysis of Meteoric and Artificial Nickel-iron Alloys.” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London 209 (1908) : 21-109
Pennsylvania State University copy, digitized August 23, 2012

“The two fragments of taenite (seen in fig. 5d) appear to belong to differently oriented plates; but such structural details as are shown in the original negative are difficult to reproduce, and no quantitative value is claimed for the figure. Better photographs could probably be obtained after a more prolonged search than was made while the apparatus was at my disposal; but even the best microphotographs of fine-grained structures frequently leave room for doubt with respect to their significance.”   p 109

From Smith’s obituary in Nature (n 4118, October 2, 1948), this —
“The meteoric irons are, in fact, examples of iron-nickel alloys which have cooled with extraordinary slowness and show structural characteristics not reproducible by artificial means. Smith worked alone on this question for a number of years...”

“...no image with semblance of serving and divine promptitude comes readily to hand bringing the night to order and making the world reflect the compass of the soul.”

ex “Time Passes,” the middle section in Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse (1927)

1 December 2013

room for doubt; slowness
S. W. J. Smith, “Thermomagnetic Analysis of Meteoric and Artificial Nickel-iron Alloys” (1908); Virginia Woolf