Messenger of Mathematics

The Messenger of Mathematics is a defunct British 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]

Messenger of Mathematics
Publication details
Macmillan and Co. (England)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Messenger Math.
OCLC no.2448539


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 universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Dublin (the last being its sole constituent college, Trinity College Dublin). 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. "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 (ed.). 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 (ed.). 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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