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\centerline{\Largebf A GENERALIZATION OF PASCAL'S THEOREM}
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\centerline{\Largebf By}
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\centerline{\Largebf William Rowan Hamilton}
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\centerline{\largerm (Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy,
5 (1853), p.\ 100--101.)}
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\centerline{\largerm Edited by David R. Wilkins}
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\centerline{\largerm 2000}
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\centerline{\largeit A Generalization of Pascal's Theorem.}
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\centerline{{\largeit By\/}
{\largerm Sir} {\largesc William R. Hamilton.}}
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\centerline{Communicated March~16, 1851.}
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\centerline{[{\it Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy},
vol.~5 (1853), p.\ 100--101.]}
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Sir William R. Hamilton communicated to the Academy a
generalization of Pascal's theorem, to which he had been led by
the method of quaternions.
Equation of Homodeuterism:
$$\Sigma (\pm ABCDEF \mathbin{.} GHIK) = 0$$
$$\eqalign{
ABCDEF &= \hbox{{\it aconic} function of a hexagon};\cr
GHIK &= \hbox{volume of a pyramid}.\cr}$$
Sir Wm.~R. Hamilton proposes to give a more full explanation of
the nature of this equation of {\it homodeuterism}, and of what
he calls the aconic function of a hexagon, at a future meeting of
the Academy. The equation itself was exhibited by him to some
scientific friends so long ago as the August and September of
1849; and also at the Meeting of the British Association, at
Edinburgh, in 1850.
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