The Mathematical Visitor 1877-1896

This book contains the mathematical problems and solutions that appeared in *The Mathematical Visitor*, an American journal that was published during the years 1877 to 1896.

For the convenience of the modern reader, the wording is updated to conform to modern terminology. For the edification of the mathematical historian, the original wording of each problem can be found preceding its solution in the solutions section of this book. The problems are arranged by topic.

The solutions are printed exactly as they appeared in the original journal. We hope that the solutions presented in this form are of interest to mathematical scholars and historians, as well as to those persons interested mainly in challenging mathematical problems. Both groups should benefit from having the original material reproduced, as this keeps production costs --- and ultimately the price of the book --- at a reasonable level. MathPro Press would welcome any specific feedback regarding this concept. If there is enough favorable response, we will publish additional problem books of this type. There are many more little-known sources of problems available in the 19th century literature. These high-quality problems are currenly only accessible to scholars who have access to those few mathematical libraries with extensive rare book collections.

We had originally intended to publish this book in 1994 and apologize for the long delay to all those who have been patiently awaiting its publication. The labor involved in classifying and indexing the 5-year indexes has proved to be far greater than anticipated. We hope to have the 1975-1979 Index out later this year and the 1985-1989 Index is well under way.

For those of you with access to the Internet, up-to-date publication information can be found on our web page at http://www.mathpropress.com on the World Wide Web.

We are proud to be able to provide this reprint to the mathematical community and hope to continue publishing books of interest to problemists for many years to come.

Stanley Rabinowitz

Westford, MA

June, 1996

stan@mathpropress.com