Dewey B. Larson
755 N.E. Royal Court
Portland, Oregon 97232
Jan. 30, 1984
I have now reached the point in the checking of references which has enabled completing the proof reading of the first five chapters, and I am returning them herewith. As I said earlier, it is rather embarrassing to find that I have made so many mistakes in transcribing these items from the original source to my notes, and then from the notes to the manuscript. The number of mistakes was not so apparent in the case of my earlier books, as i took care of these corrections along with whatever other changes I was making in the text. In any event, all we can do now is to make the corrections. Some of the items are rather trivial, and I do not make changes of this kind in the proof if my own wording is involved, but I feel that where we are using someone else's material, we should quote him exactly.
Page 8: This was not a mistake. Substituting “most” for “the” is just a last minute improvement. We authors are supposed to have a little leeway for second thoughts.
Page 11: The comma you inserted after “unity” indicates that the meaning of this sentence was not clear. The change that I have made should make it more understandable.
Page 15: This is one of the trivial items that I mentioned.
Page 25: I want to exclude gases, so we will have to say “liquid” , rather than fluid.
Page 34: The grammatical construction here was rather poor.
Page 69: Fig. 3 is the diagram of M 3, not M 13. I mentioned this mistake (repeated on each of the two following pages) in my letter of May 4.
Page 76: Apparently this quotation was from the earlier edition, which the local libraries have discarded. The easiest way to handle this will be to replace the quotation with the following:
As expressed by L. H. Aller in an understatement of classic proportions, “the details of its (the giant star’s) evolution are uncertain”.39
Page 80: This is one of those that you picked up.