[r-t] Washbrook’s Surprise Principle

Philip Earis Earisp at rsc.org
Fri Aug 9 13:42:46 UTC 2013

I am intrigued by the snippet from today's RW highlighting the intransigence of the ayatollahs of 100 years ago.  Does anyone know what "Washbrook's Surprise Principle" is? I've searched for it on methods.org.uk<http://methods.org.uk>, but for some reason it doesn't seem to be listed...


100 Years Ago

The Ringing World, 8 August, 1913 Selected by the Editor


Most people who understand anything about method construction have probably anticipated criticism of the method rung at Caversharn and published as “Washbrook’s Surprise Principle,” particularly in regard to its name. But the opinion passed upon it by the Legitimate Methods Committee is as crushing as it is brief.


To the Editor.

Sir,—The system produced by Mr. Washbrook and rung at Caversham, is asymmetrical, and therefore illiegitimate; it is not principle and it is not Surprise.

The Legitimate Methods Committee: H. Law James

H. Dains
J. A. Trollope Edwin H. Lewis


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