Matthew O'Brien's papers

Below we list twenty-four papers by Matthew O'Brien. We know that there may be papers missing from our list. If anyone knows of further papers by O'Brien we would be pleased to add them to this list:


  1. On the variation of the longitude of the perihelion in the planetary theory, Cambridge Mathematical Journal 1 (1840), 165-166.

  2. On the propagation of luminous waves in the interior of transparent bodies, Philosophical Magazine 20 (1842), 201-216.

  3. Reply to some Observations of Professor Kelland in the Philosophical Magazine for May 1842, Philosophical Magazine 20 (1842), 484-488.

  4. Additional Remarks upon a Communication of Professor Kelland, published in the Phil Mag for May last, Philosophical Magazine (3) 21 (1842), 342-343.

  5. On certain formulae made use of in physical astronomy, Cambridge Mathematical Journal 3 (1843), 249-257.

  6. A reply to Professor Kelland's 'Observations in the Philosophical Magazine for November 1842', Philosophical Magazine (3) 22 (1843), 21-22.

  7. (with S Earnshaw) A reply to Professor Kelland's 'Letter of November 1842', Philosophical Magazine (3) 22 (1843), 22-24.

  8. On the lunar theory, Cambridge Mathematical Journal 4 (1844), 49-59.

  9. Notes on conic sections, Cambridge Mathematical Journal 4 (1844), 99-102.

  10. On propagation of Waves in a Resisted Fluid; with a new Explanation of the Dispersion and Absorption of Light, and other Optical Phenomena (Part I), Philosophical Magazine (3) 25 (1844), 326-334.

  11. On propagation of Waves in a Resisted Fluid; with a new Explanation of the Dispersion and Absorption of Light, and other Optical Phenomena (Part II), Philosophical Magazine (3) 25 (1844), 521-528.

  12. On the Law of Resistance of a Medium to small vibratory Motion; the Mixture of Prismatic Colours; and the Appearance of the Prismatic Spectrum when viewed through a plate of common blue glass of proper thickness, Philosophical Magazine (3) 26 (1845), 114-123.

  13. On the laws of Reflexion and Refraction at the Surfaces of Substances of High Refracting and Absorbing Powers, such as Metals, Philosophical Magazine (3) 26 (1845), 287-297.

  14. On a new notation for expressing various conditions and equations in geometry, mechanics, and astronomy, Transactions of the Cambridge Philosophical Society 8 (1846), 415-428.

  15. Contributions towards a system of symbolical geometry and mechanics, Philosophical Magazine (3) 31 (1847), 139-143.

  16. Contributions towards a system of symbolical geometry and mechanics, Transactions of the Cambridge Philosophical Society 8 (1847), 497-507.

  17. On the symbolical vibratory motion of an elastic medium whether crystallized or uncrystallized, Philosophical Magazine (3) 31 (1847), 376-380.

  18. On the symbolic equation of vibratory motion of an elastic medium whether crystallized or uncrystallized, Transactions of the Cambridge Philosophical Society 8 (1847), 508-523.

  19. On a new notation for expressing various conditions and equations in geometry, mechanics and astronomy, Transactions of the Cambridge Philosophical Society 8 (1849), 415-428.

  20. On the interpretation of the product of a line and a force, Philosophical Magazine (4) 1 (1851), 394-397.

  21. On symbolical statics, Philosophical Magazine (4) 1 (1851), 491-495.

  22. On symbolic mechanics, Philosophical Magazine (4) 2 (1851), 121-125.

  23. Researches in symbolical physics. On the translation of a directed magnitude as symbolised by a product, Philosophical Magazine (4) 2 (1851), 149-150.

  24. On symbolic forms derived from the conception of the translation of a directed magnitude, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society 142 (1852), 161-206.

JOC/EFR February 2016

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