I watched the movie 'The Man Who Knew Infinity' and read the biography of J.E. Littlewood in Wikipedia. He worked on Ballistics in WW1.

Were those works were stored somewhere? I have checked on the internet; but haven't found any.

  • $\begingroup$ A short research on Scholar Google do show a few articles on ballistic written by a JE Littlewood. Here are a few of them: Littlewood, 1924;Littlewood & Littlewood, 1938; Littlewood, 1968, $\endgroup$ – plannapus Dec 16 '16 at 8:33
  • $\begingroup$ Not of immediate relevance to the question, but Hardy had a very low opinion of this work, although he had a very high opinion of Littlewood: he wrote: “even Littlewood could not make ballistics respectable, and if he could not who can?” [Hardy 1967, A Mathematician's Apology, p. 140]. $\endgroup$ – Pense Hapworth Dec 22 '16 at 17:34

Littlewood described his WW1 work in Adventures in Ballistics, 1915-1918 published by Mathematical Spectrum magazine in two parts in 1971-72. Unfortunately, they store only first pages online, so you'd have to get paper copies.

Littlewood's contemporaneous papers, Formulae for Direct Fire and Anti-Aircraft Trajectories and Range Tables were published by War Office in London, 1917, which would be hard to get, I imagine. But they are discussed in Barrow-Green's “Anti-aircraft guns all day long”:Karl Pearson and computing for the Ministry of Munitions in Revue d’histoire des mathématiques 21 (2015), p. 111–150, which is conveniently cached by Google, and apparently reprinted in Pearson Papers (cited here), which might be easier to find.

  • $\begingroup$ Adventures in Ballistics is included in his book Mathematical Miscelanea, which is more easily available. $\endgroup$ – Alexandre Eremenko Dec 16 '16 at 21:49
  • $\begingroup$ Aren't some of his works are military secret? I mean the British Govt. could keep some of them out of publication. $\endgroup$ – Partha Sarker Dec 18 '16 at 9:19
  • $\begingroup$ @Mockingbird360 If it was it was declassified long ago, as the publication of the Pearson Papers indicates. There are far more precise methods of ballistic computation now, using computers. $\endgroup$ – Conifold Dec 20 '16 at 23:37
  • $\begingroup$ This suggests the Pearson Papers are in the Univ. Coll. London Archives, which has a link to some digital images, whose server is not responding at the present time apparently. $\endgroup$ – Michael E2 Jan 1 '17 at 5:58

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