Messenger of Mathematics

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OCLC no. 2448539

The Messenger of Mathematics is a defunct mathematics journal. The founding editor-in-chief was William Allen Whitworth with Charles Taylor[1] and volumes 1–58 were published between 1872 and 1929.[2] James Whitbread Lee Glaisher was the editor-in-chief after Whitworth.[3] In the nineteenth century, foreign contributions represented 4.7% of all pages of mathematics in the journal.[4]


The journal was originally titled Oxford, Cambridge and Dublin Messenger of Mathematics. It was supported by mathematics students and governed by a board of editors composed of members of the three universities. Volumes 1–5 were published between 1862 and 1871.[2] It merged with The Quarterly Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics to form the Quarterly Journal of Mathematics.


  1. ^ J. O. Irwin (1967). "William Allen Whitworth and a Hundred Years of Probability". Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A. 130 (2): 147–176. doi:10.2307/2343399. JSTOR 2343399. 
  2. ^ a b "Journals: O". The Royal Society library collections. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-13. 
  3. ^ Mary Croarken (2003). "Table making by committee: British table makers 1871–1965". In Martin Campbell-Kelly. The History of Mathematical Tables: From Sumer to Spreadsheets. Oxford University Press. p. 253. ISBN 0-19-850841-7. 
  4. ^ Sloan Evans Despeaux (2002). "4. International Contributions to British Scientific Journals, 1800–1900". In Karen Hunger Parshall, Adrian Clifford Rice. Mathematics Unbound: The Evolution of an International Mathematical Research Community, 1800–1945. American Mathematical Society. p. 76. ISBN 0-8218-2124-5. 

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