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Flutie is a prolate hurler

To the Editor:

Unless Mr. Flutie has taken up discus throwing or has entered the ultimate Frisbee competition, his function involves heaving a prolate, not an oblate spheroid as reported by Mr. Michael Battat in his column of Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Please consult p. 216 of my textbook on molecular spectroscopy (second edition, published by the MIT Press) for the appropriate definitions.

Jeffrey I. Steinfeld '62->

Professor of Chemistry->