Fictitious Problems in Mathematics

  title={Fictitious Problems in Mathematics},
  author={Edward John Routh},
IN NATURE of May 18 the wording of a problem set near the beginning of my “Rigid Dynamics” is rather adversely commented on. In the problem a man is described as walking along a perfectly rough board which rests on a smooth table, and the criticism is that the two suppositions are inconsistent; but this depends on what is meant by the words used, and perhaps I may be allowed to make an explanation.