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Vol. II. 

(Nos. as-43) 





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No. 26, JANUARY, 1901— No. 43, JANUARY, 1904. 

1. Articles, etc, 

2. Notes, 

3. Reviews and Short Notices of Books. 

4. Solutions and Problems. 


It is not possible to give in full the subjects under the thousand or so sub- 
divisions which appear in the Index; but for the sake of those who do not 
possess the Index we give the subjects under the principal letters. This will 
amply suffice for the majority of our readers. 

A. Algebra ; Theory of Equations. 

Bb Determinants ; Linear substitutions ; Elimination ; Invariants and Oovari- 
ante ; Complex Quantities, 

0. Differential and Integral Calculus. 

D. Theory of Functions ; Algebra of Continued Fractions. 

£. Definite Integrals. . . . 

F. Elliptic Functions. . . • 

G. Hyperelliptic Functions. . • . 

H. Differential Equations . . . Finite Differences, Recurrent Series. 

1. Arithmetic Theory of Numbers. 

J. Permutations and Combinations ; Probabilities ; Calculus of Variations. . . . 

K. Elementary Geometry and Trigonometry ; Geometry of point, line, plane, 

circle, and sphere ; Perspective ; Descriptive Geometry. 

L^ Conies. 

I^. Qnadrics. 

K^. Algebraical Plane Curves, 

M*. Algebraical Surfaces. 

H*. Algebraical Gauche Curves, 

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N. Complexes and Congruences ; Connexes ; Systems of oanres and sorlaoei ; 

Ennmerative Geometry. 

O. Infinitesimal and Kinematic Geometry. 

P. Transformations ; Homography ; Homology ; Polar Reciprocals* 

Q. Creometry of n dimensions ; non-Euclidean. • . . 

R. Kinematics; Statics; Dynamics. 

S. Hydrostatics. 

T. Mathematical Physics. 

U. Astronomy. 

v. Philosophy and History of Mathematics. Biography. 

X. Graphic Calculation. 






A. 1. 

A Chapter on Algebra. 

W. N, Roseveare. 


A. 1. b. 

Proofs that the Arithmetic Mean is 
greater than the Geometric Mean. 

R. F. Muirhead. 


A. 3. k. 

Note on the Solution of Cubic and 
Bi-quadratic Equations. 

J. BriU. 


B. 3. d. 

Two Illustrations of Elimination. 

R. F. Davis. 


B. 12. a. 

On the Representation of Imaginary 
Points by Real Points on a Plane. 

A. Lodge. 

277, 37a 

J. 4. 

Some Applications of the Theory of 

Arnold Emch. 


K. 6. a. 

Areal Coordinates. 

G. D. Muggeridge. 

45, OS 

K.6. a. 

Notes on Conies and Areals. 

T. J. I'a Bromwioh. 


K. 6. a. 

Tripolar Coordinates. 

G. N. Bates. 


K. 6. a. 

Tangential Coordinates, The use of. 

R. W. H. T. Hudson 

1. 355 

K. 13. c. 

The Trigonometry of the Tetra- 

G. Richardson. 



Extension of Huygens' Approxima- 
tion to a Circular Arc. 

R. M. Milne. 


L^. 1.; L>. 

1. On the treatment of Conies and 
Conicoids by Pure Geometry. 

C. A. Rumsey. 


M\ I. b. 

Note on the Bitangents of a Plane 

A. P. Thompson. 


0. 1. 

An Elementary Introduction to the 

R. W. H. T. Hudson. 279 

Infinitesimal Geometry of Sur- 


Q. d. 

Geometry in Flatland. 

A. C. Dixon. 



On a Geometrico-Statical Theorem. 

Sir Robert S.BaU. 


V. a. 

The New Education Section of the 
British Association. 

R. F. Muirhead. 


V. a. 

The Teaching of Mathematics. 

E. M. Ijaugley;C. 


Godfrey; A. W. 

V. a. Annual Meeting, 1902. Discussion 

on Reform in Teaching of Mathe- 


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V. a. 
V. a. 










The Public Sohoola and Beform in (By 22 Masters in 
the Teaching of Mathematics. Public Schools.) 

The Teaching of Euclid. The Hon. Bertrand RusselL 

RepOTt of Committee on Geometry. 

Report of Committee on Arithmetic 
and Algebra. 

Report of British Association Com- 
mittee on the Teaching of Mathe- 

The Report of the Committee on the M. J. M. HilL 
Teaching of Geometry, and In- 

The Annual Meeting, 1903. 

The Committee on the Teaching of 

Draft Suggestions of the Sub- 
Committee on the Teaching of 

Letter of the Committee to Head 
Masters and Senior Mathematical 
Masters of Schools. 

To reach the Calculus as early as G. H. Bryan, 

The Slide Rule. 









Verniers, General Theory of. 

F. R. Barrell. 
C. S. Jackson. 
P. J. Heawood. 

330; 337 


D. 2. b. 
A. Lb. 
A. 1. c 

C. La. 

D. 1. b. 
D. 2.a.^ 






D. 2. b. 124 

D. 2. d. a. 96 

D. 6. b. 103 

D.6.d.;X.2. 108 

D. 6. d. 109 

D. 6.d. 
D. 6. d. 



On the Convergency of the 
Geometric Series. 

Note on Roseveare's ''Chapter 
on Algebra." 

Note on the Multinomial Theo- 

On the Permutability of Inde- 
pendent Differentiations. 

A Series Rapidly Converging. 

Riemann*s semi-convergent 
series theorem. Proof of. 

Addition Series. 

Periodic Continued Fractions. 

Note on the LogarithmicSeries. 

Two Minor Complaints. 

Mnemonic for Hyperbolic 

On Complaints (cf. Note 108). 

R. W. H. T. Hudson. 

R. F. Muirhead. 

G. Osbom. 

A. C Dixon. 

G. N. Watson. 

H. L. Trachtenburg. 

W. H. Laverty. 
T. Muir. 
A. C. Dixon. 
C. S. Jackson. 
G. Osbom. 

R. F. Muirhead. 
R. K Hayward. 








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E. 1. a. 


Elementary Treatment lor 
Gamma Fnnctiona. 

G. Osbom. 


I. 13. b. a; 


Role for finding the number of 




quarts not greater than a 
given number N 



A Paradox. 

C. S. Jackson. 


J. La. 


A Problem in Arrangements. 

Prebendary Whit- 


K. 1. b. 


K. 2. b. c. 


K. 4. 


K. 6. a. 


K. 6. a. 


K. 8. f. 


K. 10. e. 

K. 11. b. 



K. 11. b. 


K. 13. a. 


K. 17. b. 


K. 20. d. 




K. 20. e. 


K. 20. e. 


K. 20. e. 


K. 20. f. 


L^ 1. a. 


L*. 3. a. 


L^. 3. a. 


U. 6. c. 


L». 7. a. 


L*. 11. 


U. 11. 


On Measure as a Definition of 

The Equal Bisector Theorem. 

Fenerbach's Theorem. 

Philo's Line. 

Length of join of (oj, ft, y^), 
(os, ft, 73) in Trilinears. 

Trilinear Notes. 

The maximum quadrilateral 
with given sides. 

The circum-circle of the tri- 
angle whose sides are ZoiX 

The circles of similitude of the 
in- and ex- circles of a triangle. 

(Notes by R. F. Davis.) 

Solution of Problem 372, and 
notes suggested thereby. 

Some Simple Problems in 

Approximation to tan^. 

On the construction of a tri- 
angle, given 00s A : coaB : 
cos (7. 

Note on Problem 391. 

On the Solution of Triangles. 

Two Trigonometrical Notes. 

Formulae of Spherical Trigon- 

Notes on the Parabola. 

Method of Reducing Central 

Note on Parabola. 

Trilinear £2quation of the 
Circle of Curvature. 

Foci of in-Conic. 

Trilinear Conditions for Rect- 
angular Hyperbola. 

The Asymptotes and Tangents 
of the Rectangular Hyper- 

worth and W.B. 
K Budden. 10, v. p. 30. 

R. B. Hayward. 
W. F. Beard. 
R. Chartres. 
Knox, Ma. 


R. F. Davis. 
R. Chartres. 


E. M. Radford. 


R. W. Chapman. 


T. J. Pa Bromwioh. 


H. Hilton. 


C. E. M'Vicker. 
R. F. Davis. 


F. G. Taylor. 

G. H. Bryan. 

R. F. Muirhead. 
C. S. Jackson. 


R. F. Davis. 
E. L Bulmer. 


R. F. Davis. 
R. F. Davis. 


R. F. Davis. 
R. F. Davis. 


R. F. Davis. 


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U. 12l e. 121 Xaogonal Transformation. 

M>. 8. 106 The Equiangnlar Spiral. 

P. 2. a. 99 Extension of Problem 394. 

P. 3. b. 199 Geometrical Noteon In version. 

K 6. b. 128 Gauss' Principle of Least Con- 


R. 8. 182 Diagrams and Bending Mo- 


v. La. 120 On the teaching of Arithmetio. 

y. La. 126 On the Solution of Triangles. 

y. 1. a. 140 On DeoimaliBation of Money. 

X. 4. b. a. 116 The Graphical Solution of 

[By an inadvertency, no Note was numbered 107.] 



H. L. Trachtenburg. 


W. Gallatly. 


A. P. Thompson. 


R. F. Davis. 


P. E. B. Jourdain. 


G. S. Jackson. 


G. H. Bryan. 


G. H. Bryan. 


W. 0. Hemming. 


A. E. Wynne. 





On the Ratio of Incommensurables. 
On the Marking of Euclid Papers. 

»» j» »» f» 

The Education Section of the British Association. 
The Teaching of Geometry. 
The London Mathematical Society. 

M. J. M. HilL 30 

C. S. Jackson. 8 

A. W. Siddons. 68 

W. M. Heller. 371 

M. E. Boole. 180 

G. H. Bryan. 








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A First Book on Geometry. 
Esercisi ed applicazioni di 

Trigonometria Piana. 
Theoretical Geometry for 

Beginners. Part L 
Theoretical Geometry for 

Beginners. Part II. 

Practical Solid Geometry. 
Niedere Zahlentheorie. 
Elementary Geometry. 

Rbvdewkb. Paos. 

E, M. LangUy. 369 

W. J, O. 67 

E. M, Lajigley. 369 

E. M, LangUy, 292 

E, M. LangUy, 
W. J, Dobbs. 
W. J. O, 
B,W.H.T. Hudson, 

„ ,, E. M, Langley, 

A Primer of Astronomy. W, J. O. 

Algebndsche Gleichuugen. W. J, O, 

A New Geometry for Schools. E, M, LangUy, 

Elementary G^metry. Parts E, M, LangUy, 

L and II. 
ElementaryGeometry,Sect.II.^. M. LangUy. 

yorlesnngen Uber Algebra. W, J, G, 




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V. Fink. 



Katechismus derDiflferential- 
und Integralrechnung. 

W. J. 0, 




Katechismus der Algebra- 
isohen Analysis. 

W. J. Q. 



(and GaroetV 

Traits d'Algibre. 

W. J. G, 




£loges Acad^miques. 

W. J. 0. 



Blaikie and 

Books I. and II. 

W. J, Q, 




The Slide Rule. 

W. J. 0, 




Geometrical Drawing. 

W. J. IhMs. 




V. Briggs. 



Le9ons sur les Series Diver- 

E, T, Whittaher. 




▼. Baker. 



Advanced Algebra and 

B, M, Langley. 



Briggs (and 

Elementsof Plane Analytical 

W. J, G. 




V. Bum. 


Bryant (and 

Euclid L-IV.. VL-XI. 

W. J, 0, 



Bum, G. F. 

First Stage Practical Plane 
and Solid Geometry. 

E, M. Lan^ey, 



Bum (and 

Elements of Finite Differ- 

W, J. O. 




The Theory of Equations, 
with an Introduction to 
the Theory of Binary 
Algebraic Forms. 

E, B. EUioU, 





W, J, O. 




La Selenografia, antica e 

W. J, o. 




La Quadrature del Cerchio. 

W. J, 0, 




Practical Mathematics for 

W, J. 0, 




▼. Barnard. 



Exercises in Graphic Statics. 

W. J, Dobbs. 




Exercises in Graphic Statics. 
Part II. 

W. J. DobbB. 




Junior Arithmetic. 

W. J, O, 




Calcul de Triquateraions. 

C y. Joly. 




A Text-Book of Field As- 
tronomy for Beginners. 

a J. Joly. 




Practical Mathematics. 

0. B, M<Uhew$, 



Croome-Smith. Primer of Geometry. 

A, W. Siddona. 




First Stage Building Con- 

W, J. DM6, 

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Urkonden zur Geschiohte 
der Mathematik im Mit- 
telalter und der Renais- 









Dnnlop (and 



















K. Finn. 

Probability et Moyennes 

Wahrscheinlichkei tsrech- 

nnng. Part I. 

nnng. Part IL 
Elements de M^thodologie 

Beginners' Algebra. 
Easy Matbematical Problem 

The Tutorial Algebra. Part 

EucUd v.. VI., XI. 
Linear Groups, with an 

exposition of the Galois 

Field Theory. 
Introduction to the Theory 

of Algebraic Equations. 
A New Sequel to Euclid. 
A Treatise on Elementary 

Applied Mechanics for Be- 
Slide Rule Notes. 
A Celluloid Slide Rule and 

Logologarithmic Slide. 
Premiers Principes de G^- 

metric Moderne. 
Kinematics of Machines. 
Deductions in Euclid. 
Dififerential and Integral 

Calculus for Beginners. 
Practical Exercises in Geo- 
Elementary Geometry. 
Elementary Mechanics of 

Sommation de quelques series 

Elements de G^m^trie. 
Plane Geometrical Drawing. 
A Mathematical Solution 

The "Junior "Euclid. Books 

III. and IV. 

W, J. G. 

W. J. G. 

W. J. G. 

W, R, Strong. 

W. J. G, 

W. J. G, 
W. J. G, 

W. J. G. 

E, M, Lcmgley. 
G, B, Mathem, 

E. B. EUiotL 

W, J. G. 

W. H. Maeaulay. 

A, Lodge, 

F, R, BarrdL 
W, J, G. 

W. J. G. 

W. J, G. 
W, J. G, 
W, J. G. 

B, Jf . Langley, 

A, W, Siddona. 
W. H, Macavlay. 

W. J. G. 

W. J. G, 
W. J, Dobbs. 
R. F. Dav%8. 

W. J. G, 






















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Der Naturwissenschaft Unter- 

richt in England. 
Elementary Geometry. 
Elements of Geometry. 
Lemons El^mentaires sur la 
th^orie des Fonctions 
Recreations Arlthmetiques. 
Theory of Differential Equa- 
tions. Part in. 
A Treatise on Differential 

The Story of Euclid. 
De rEzperience en G^o- 

v. Bertrand. 

Greneral Investigations of 
Curved Surfaces, 1827 and 
Die Gmndsatze und das 

Wesen des Unendliohen. 
Lehrbuch der Geometrischen 

Theoretische Arithmetik. 

Theoretische Arithmetik. 
Godfrey (and Elementary Geometry. 

La Fonction Gamma. 
Traite de G^ometrie De- 
Cours d' Analyse Math^ma- 

tique. Tome I. 
An Elementary Treatise on 
the Calculus for Engineer- 
ing Students. 
Elementary Algebra. 
A Treatise on Physics. 

Vol. I. 
Projection Drawing. 
Traite de Geometric 
G^ometrie dans TEspace. 
A School Geometry. Parts 

I and IL 
A School Geometry. Part 

A First Geometry Book. 























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HaU (and 



Hall (and 




IT. /. G. 

W. J. G, 

E. M, LangUy, 
J. E. Wrighi, 

W. J. G. 

G. B, Mathtvoa. 

W, J. G. 

E. M, Langley. 
W. J. G, 

W. J. G, 

W. J. G. 
S. D. ChcUmera. 
G. B, MtUhewB. 
G, JI. Hardy, 
E, M, Langley, 

7. J. Fa Bromwich. 
W, J. G, 

J. E. Wright, 

G, B, McUhew8. 

W. J. G, 

W, H. Macatday. 

C, S. Jackwn, 
W. J, G, 
W, J. G, 
E, M, Langley, 

E. M, Langley. 















W. J, Dobbs, 

(and Kettle). 
Hargreaves. Arithmetic. 

E, M, Langl^. 




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K ; U. Hubert. 


Practical Plane 
Henrici Vectors and Rotors. 

(and Turner), 
Henael (and 

Funktionen einer Varia- 
beln, und ihre Andwen- 
dung aaf Algebraische 
Kurven and Abelsche 

Les Principes Fondamen- 
tanx de la G^om^trie. 

The Foundations of Geometry. 

A South African Arithmetic. 

Mathematical Oystallo- 
graphy and the Theory 
of Groups of Movements. 

Solid Geometry. 

Elementary Geometry. 
Plane and Solid. 

Experimental Science. 

Theoretical Mechanics. 

Culegere de Probleme. 

V. Dunlop. 

High School and Academic 

Quaternions and Projective 

The Beginnings of Trigono- 

Notes on Analytical Creo- 

V. Hamilton. 

Die ebene Geometrie; Die 
Geometrie des Raumes. 

Grundlinien der Politischen 

Hermann von Helmholtz. 

Calculating Scale. 

Lehrbuch der Theta-Func- 

Euclid. Book XI. 

V. Fletcher. 

V. Hensel. 

Applied Mechanics. 

A Philosophical Essay on 

Solutions of Geometrical 
Exercises from Nixon's 
"Euclid Revised." 


and SoUd E. M. Langley. 


rs. W, J. G. 


[ebraischen 0. B, MuUhem. 


W. J. G. 


K; V. Hubert. 
L HUl. 
R. HUton. 










B;I;M. Joly. 




Jones, A. G. 





F. 1. a. 





K. Larmor. 

W, J. G, 
E. M. Langley, 
A. E. H. TuUan. 



K, M. Langley, 
W. J. G, 


W. J. G. 

W, H. Macaulay. 



E. M. Langlep. 


Jt. W.ff.T.Hwhon. 


W. J, G. 


W, J, G. 


T, J. Fa Bromwich, 


W. J. G. 


W, J. G. 

C, S. Jackson. 

B. W. H. T. Hvdwn. 


A. W. Siddons. 


T, J, Fa Bromurich, 
W. J. G, 


B, F. Davis. 


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X. 8. 



X. 2. M'Aulay. 

R; V. 
R. S. 


K. Li Michel. 



















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A Complete Short Coarse of 

V. Ronch^ 

The Elements of the Differ- 
(andYonng). ential and Integral Cal- 

Differential Calculus for 

The Elements of Hydro- 

Specielle Algebraische und 
Transoendente Ebene 


Set Squares, Protractors and 

An Elementary Treatise 
on Kinematics and Dy- 

Five-figure Logarithmic and 
other Tables. 

The Science of Mechanics. 

Exercises in Natural Philo- 

Non- Euclidean G^metry. 

Higher Mathematics for 
Students of Chemistry 
and Physics. 

Differential- und Integral- 

Recueil de ProbUmes de 
G^m^trie Analytique. 

Advanced Algebra. 

On Teaching Geometry. 

The Student's Dynamics. 

Elementary Graphs. 

Factors in Algebra. 

Elementary Geometry. 

Elementary Algebra. 

Vocabulaire Math^matique. 

I. (Fran9ai8-Allemand). 
Vocabulaire Math^matique. 

II. (Franzosisch-Deutsch). 
Spherical Trigonometry. 
Inductive Geometry for 

Transition Classes. 
Lehrbuch der Combinatorik. 
Differential and Integral 





T. J. Pa Bromwkh, 
W, J. O, 




O. B. Matkeum. 


R F.Davis. 


W. J. 0. 


W. J. 0. 


B. M. Langley, 
W, J. 0. 


W. J. Q. 

W. J. G. 

W. J. O. 
W. J. O. 

O. B, ffaUted. 
A, Lodge, 

W. J. Q, 






W. J. 0, 


W, J. 0. 


W. J. G, 


W. ff. Macatdof, 


W, J, O. 


E. M. Langley. 


E. M, LangUy, 


E. M, Langley. 


W, J. 0, 


W, J. 0. 


W, J. Q. 


W. J, Dobbs, 


W. J. O. 


W, J, 0. 


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INDEX. xiii 

Book. R ivh w m u Paoi. 

Elementary Practical Mathe- W. J. O. 147 

V. Burnside. 
V. Ahrena. 
Repertorium der hoheren FT. J, G, 219 

Mathematik — Geometrie. 
I Gruppi Continui di Tras- E, B» EUioU, 264 

Plane Geometry. E, M. LangUy. 292 

Geometrical Drawing for W, J. Dctbs. 53^ 

Army and Navy Candi- 
dates, etc. 
Conic Sections and Algebraic W. J. O, 390 

Mechanics, Theoretical Ap- C. S, Jaekson. 34^ 

plied and Experimental. 
Roberts, H. A. A Treatise on Elementary W. H, Maeaiday, 5 

Roberts, R. A New Geometry for Be- E. M. Langley, 292 

K ; X. Row (Sun- Geometric Exercises in E. M, Langley, 209 

dara). Paper Folding. 

0. Rouch^. Analyse Infinit^simale. T. J. Fa Bromwieh, 72 

K ; L>. Rudio. Die Analytische Geometric W. J. O. 21& 

des Raumes. 
v. Rupert. Famous Geometrical Theo- W. J. O, 11& 

rems and Problems. 
K ; v. RosselL Essai snr les Fondements de W. J. O, 11& 

la G^m^trie. 
K. 8chalt2(and Plane and Solid Geometry. W. J. O, 11& 

K. Schuster. Planimetrie, Stereometric, W, J, O, 390 

Ebene und Sphiirische 
K« Sevenoak. v. Schultze. 
K. Siddons. y. Godfrey. 

K. Smith, C. y. Bryant. 
K. „ C. ,, 

V. „ D. E. T. Pink. 

K. Smith, C. Solutions to Smith and W. J, O. 21» 

Bryant's Geometry. 
K, Smith. y. Croome Smith. 

y. Smith, D. E. The Teaching of Elementary W. J. G. 57 

K. Spooner. The Elements of Geometrical W. J. DobU. 209 

R. Slate. The Principles of Mech- G. B, Mathews, S2 

K. Stevens. v. Hall. 

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Taylor, C. 






Taylor, CM. 
Taylor, G, 
Thomson, W. 











Weber, H. 


Weber, R. 




















Mathematical and Physical 

V. Gmeiner. 
The Elementary Geometry 

of Conies. 
Exercises in Arithmetic. 
V. Blaikie. 
Arithmetic of Physics and 

Examples in Algebra. 
Algebra for Junior Students. 
Euclid I. and II. 
El^ents de Math^matiques 

A Graphic Method for certain 

questions in Arithmetic 

and Algebra. 
Experimental and Theoretical 

Die Partiellen Differential- 

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1. It A, B, G, are four given points in a plane, it is possible 
to place masses x, y^ z at A^ B, G respectively, so that the centroid 
of the system is at 0. This, it is to be observed, can onlv be 
done in one way as x^y^z must be proportional to the area! (or 
"barycentric") co-ordinates of with respect to the triangle ABC. 

If, then, P is any variable point in the same plane, 

is independent of P (the '' moments of inertia " theorem due to 

2. Applying this theorem to each of the points A, B, 0, and 
(whose distances from A^ B,G ai*e p, q, r respectively) 

+0^ +b^z-(x+y+z)p^=K, 

ifx +a^z~-{x+y+z)q^^K, 

lAc+ah/ ^(x+y+z)r^=K, 

jj^x+qh/+r^z =K, 

also X +y +z -(x+y+z) =0. 

3. Eliminating a:, y, z, — (aj+y+0), and —K from these equa- 

= 0, 

or ay+6«9*+cV=(6«+c«-a%V+ay)+ ... + ... -a^feV, 

the relation connecting p, g, r which can be otherwise obtained 
as in Todhunter's Spherical Trigonometry, and Levett and 
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4. In the Educational Times, Reprint Vol. LXVii.,.Q. 13424, 
p. 113, 1 have shewn that the moments of inertia theorem takes, 
in the case of three points AyB,C only, a simpler form 

where OT is the tangent from to the circum-cirde. 

If, therefore, A, B,C,0 be concyclic, K=0; and the relation 

= 0, 

or ap±bq±cr = 0. 

5. Now let A, B, (7, D be four points in a plane at which 
masses x, y, z, u are respectively placed ; the centroid of the 

From A, B,Ct D as centres describe circles of radii a, fc, c, d 
and from as centre describe a circle of radius 

Then if P be the centre and r the radius of any variable circle, 
is independent of both P and r; (PA) being the length of the 
common tangent to the circles (P, r) and (A, a). 
For the above expression 

= 2a;{P^«-(r-a)2}-{PG«-(r-^)«}.2aj 

= 2a;Pi4*— PG* . 2aj+ terms in r^ and r (which cancel ont) 

+ constant 
= constant 
This relation is of the same form as that in (1). 

6. Applying in a similar manner the theorem to A, B, C, D, 
and 0, we obtain the relation between the common tangents to 
five circles as given in Salmon : 

0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 

= 0. 

1, 0, (12)2, (13)2 (14)2^ (15)2 

1, (12)«, 0, (23A (34)2, (25)2 

1, (13)2, (23)2, 0, (34)2, (35)2 

1, (14)2, (24)2, (34)2, 0, (45)2 

1, (15)», (25)2, (35)2, (45)2, q 

7. It is to be observed that A, B, C, D, being centres of 
given circles of radii, a, fc, c, d, g respectively, we can arrange 
the masses x, y, z,u to be placed at A, B, C, D so that shall 
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We can, therefore, so arrange them that not only is G the 
centroid but also 2a;a=gr2aJ as well. The foregoing proof is 
therefore perfectly general. 

R. F. Davis. 


1. Let a^-\-px^-\-qx-\-r=^0 

be a cubic equation, whose roots are a, )8, y. Then, defining the quantity X 
by means of the equation A^»l, we have 

+ 3X2(0y+ya«+a/3«) 

Since this is true for all values of A that satisfy the equation A^=l ; we 
have, <u being one of the imaginary cube roots of unity, the three equations 

a+a>)3+a)2y = (^+a)5+a)'C)^ 
From these equations it follows that 

3)8 = (i4 + 5 + O* + <«>*M + wi5 + a)«0* + a)(il + 0)25 + a»0\ 

Thus, ii Ay By C cau be expressed in terms of the coefiicients of the given 
cubic equation, we have a solution of the said equatiou. Now il is a sym- 
metrical function of the roots of the said equation, and may therefore be so 
expressed. In fact we have 


Writing U=fi^ + y*a+a% 

and r=xj8y*+ya«+a)S2, 

we see that U+ T is a symmetrical function of the roots. In fact we have 

U+ 7= -pq + Zr. (1) 

Also r- r=)8y()8-r)+ya(y-a) + a)Q(a-)Q) 

= -()9-r)(r-^)(«-)8). 

This shows that {U- Vy is a symmetrical function of the roots; and, 
as £r+ V is of the same character, it follows that UV must be so also. In 
fact we have 

'=^p^+q^-Qpqr+qf^, (2) 

From equations (1) and (2) the values of U and V can be readily obtained 
by a known method. Thus the values of B and (7, in terms of the coefficients 
of the equation, can be found, and the solution completed. 

2. Next suppose that we have a biquadratic equation 

whose roots are a, j3, y, S. This time we will employ two quantities, A and 
MX, defined by the equations 

A«=l, /i^=L 

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We have (a+Xi8+/*y + Afi8)«=a«+/3«+/+8«+2X(a)8+y3) 


Now this equation ia satisfied by any pair of possible values of X aud ^ 
We have, therefore, four cases, viz., 

A.s=l, /A=l, 
X=l, ;i=-l, 

Thus we obtain a+)8+y + 8=(il+5+C+i>)*, 
a-)8-y+8=(il -B-C+D)^. 

Thus, if A, B,Ci D can be expressed in terms of the coefficients of the 
equation, we readily obtain the solution in the following form : 

4a-(^ + 5+C+Z))*+(^-J5+C7-Z>)*+(il+5-C-Z>)* 


4y=(^ + 5+C+Z>)*+(^-5+C-Z>)*-(i4+5-(7-M 

Now ^ is a symmetrical function of the roots, and we have 

The solution of the equation, therefore, depends upon the expression of 
the three quantities 

a)8+78, ay + jSS, a8+)8y 

in terms of the coefficients of the equation. Now these three quantities 
clearly form a group, i.e. they are such that any interchanges effected among 
the quantities a, )3, y, S leave us with the same three quantities. Thus it is 
clear that if we form a cubic equation with these three quantities for foots, 
its coefficients will be expressible in terms of the coefficients of the given 
equation. In fact, writing U^ V, W for the three quantities, we have 

VW+ WU+ rF=2a«)8y=jw-4«, 

Thus the auxiliary cubic, whose roots are U, F, W, is 

The solution of this equation will give U, F, W, and therefore B, C, /> in 
terms of the coefficients of the biquadratic. J. Briu«. 

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A Treatise on Elementary Dynamics, dealing with relative motion 
mainly in two dimensions, by H. A. Roberts, M.A. Macmillan & 
Co., 1900, pp. xi. + 258. 

The Student's Dynamics, comixrising Statics and Kinetics, by 6. M. 
MiNCHiN, M. A., RR.S. George Bell & Sons, 1900, pp. xii. + 258. 

Elementary Mechanics of Solids, by W. T. A. Emtage, M.A. Mac- 
millan & Co., 1900, pp. viii. + 333. 

Mr. Roberts's book is the most ambitious of these three. It 
does not profess to belong to the most elementary class of text-books 
on the subject ; and the author, while restricting himself to the scope 
indicated by the title, makes a serious attempt to make good the 
gronnd he occupies, and to tackle the subject with a sense of 
responsibility towards students of science. A notable feature of the 
book is the way in which, in the discussion of dynamical principles, 
and the application of them to practical questions, some care is taken 
to specify the base relative to which motion is reckoned. Thus an 
old-established source of perplexity to students of the subject is to a 
considerable extent avoided. The author adopts the term ** Galileo's 
axes " as the name for a base attached to the surface of the earth ; and, 
by the use of this term, is able to call attention, in a convenient way, 
to the fact that the ordinary theory applied, without correction, to 
motion relative to the earth is only approximate, without introducing 
any complicated calculations on the subject at too early a stage. An 
extension to the treatment of motion relative to other bases, such as a 
base suitable for the whole solar system, which Mr. Roberts calls 
"Newton's axes," is easily and naturally mada This way of 
developing the subject seems to be satisfactory, and Mr. Roberts's 
treatment is on the whole decidedly good, though no doubt some 
trifling improvements could be suggested. The establishment of mass 
to express acceleration-ratios is well done. 

Another important feature is a certain amount of use of vector 
notation, which is quite suitable to a book of this class, and helps it a 
great deal. It is a curious thing how slow writers of elementary text- 
books have been to take advantage of the attractive features presented 
by such treatment, which, kept within due limits, is certain to interest 
an intelligent boy. We notice that Mr. Roberts is apt to refer to the 
motion of a point relative to another point, where motion relative to a 
certain base or axes is what is really meant. This form of words is 
suitable, for the sake of brevity, on some occasions ; but we think it 
occurs too often, and is the cause of some obscurity. It is to be found 
also in Professor Minchin's book. Mr. Roberts makes some use of the 
hodograph for transforming a theorem about radius and velocity into 
one about velocity and acceleration, and calls attention to the scope of 
this convenient method. The book contains a large number of useful 

Professor Minchin's book is intentionally more elementary. Some 
parts of it are not without merit. There is a good deal of clear 


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explanation, helped by arithmetical examples. But in some respects 
it is not a satisfactory book. Some necessary explanations are 
altogether omitted. We find no explanation of acceleration except 
for the case of rectilinear motion; and yet the direction of accelera- 
tion, and finally normal acceleration are dealt with. The treatment 
of the fundamental principles of dynamics is incomplete and not 
satisfactory. And throughout the book occasional inaccurate state- 
ments are to be found ; such as, on p. 94, that a force can do negative 
work only if some other force is acting on the body, and, on p. 244, 
that Hooke's law holds for a steel bar with extension 1/100. 

Anyone would suppose from the preface that Professor Minchin had 
adopted the course of defining force in terms of acceleration. But, 
after reading the book, it is not easy to make out what the procedure 
is which the preface refers to. As a matter of fact. Professor Minchin, 
though he refers to acceleration for the specification of a unit, a dyne — 
employs the method of defining the measurement of force by the super- 
position of conditions, and treats its relation to acceleration as an 
experimental result. He refers to spiral springs in this connection to 
give definiteness to the explanations and diagrams* We think that 
this course has advantages within a certain limited range of treat- 
ment, and we do not altogether condemn it; but the way in which 
Professor Minchin connects forces, indicated by springs, with accelera- 
tion and masses is incomplete and not clear. There is no specification 
of the base relative to which the accelerations which he refers to are to 
be measured, nor is the question raised as to how far the specification 
of a base is needed. Weight is adopted as the test of equality of masses 
of different substances, a retrograde procedure, and one applicable only 
to terrestrial bodies. On p. 16 we find it tacitly assumed that equal 
masses, tested in this way, of all substances will give the same dyne. 
Then we are told to assume that, for a given mass, acceleration is pro- 
portional to force measured by superposition of springs. In fact there 
are not sufficient indications of the character of the steps which lead to 
the result which is aimed at, P = ma. 

Professor Minchin says, in his preface, that he has " made another 
effort to banish that extremely misleading term centrifugal force " ; so we 
naturally look to see what he has done to accomplish this. On p. 211 
he says, " as regards the tendency of a revolving body to fly outwards 
from the centre, no such thing exist&'' He can hardly expect any reader 
who has ever seen the governor of a steam-engine, or the behaviour 
of a system attached to a whirling table, to agree with this statement. 
Surely this is not the way to approach the subject In the whole of his 
discussion Professor Minchin does not even mention the two points of 
real importance, namely : (1) that centrifugal force is exhibited only in 
cases of rotation relative to the directions of the fixed stars, and (2) that 
it is condemned as a force by the law of action and reaction, indeed, 
we actually find, on the sam^ page, 211, the statement that, in the case 
of a heavy body on the earth, the earth experiences a pull which is " the 
exact equal and opposite " of the weight of the body. Now, the earth 
is an example of a whirling table, and the component of weight, which 
is due to the rotation, is a good example of the cases in which centri- 

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fugal force (by whatever name it is called) is useful. Professor Minchin's 
treatment, in fact^ seems to us to be calculated to land his readers 
in hopeless perplexity. 

On p. 18 Professor Minchin has an article on the nature of weight. 
He discusses the law of gravity as applied to a sphere, and how gravita- 
tion varies at different distances from the centre of the earth, and tells 
us that, in connection with a body on the surface of the earth, it is 
called the weight of the body. He goes on to say that weight, thus 
defined, varies at different places on the earth because the earth is not 
quite spherical. He then tells us how this variation of weight might be 
measured, and that the greatest amount of variation is ^ per cent. A 
reader of this article might be surprised to learn that, as a matter of 
fact, though the total variation of weight between the equator and the 
pole is about ^ per cent., only about one-third of this variation is due 
to the law of gravitation and the flattening of the poles, the remaining 
two-thirds being due to centrifugal force. Mr. Roberts deals to some 
extent with the same topic, but the point which he discusses in detail 
is the centrifugal force part of the variation. He might very well have 
mentioned the part due to the law of gravitation, and it was rather a 
pity to omit a reference to this. But his statements on the subject are 
clear enough ; a calculation is made on the assumption that the earth is 
spherical, and he mentions both the whole variation of weight and the 
part due to centrifugal force. We do not^ however, think he is right in 
suggesting, as he does in one of the examples on p. 122, that a railway 
train travelling west is heavier than when travelling east ; this appears 
to be introducing into weight an element which does not belong to it. 
In Mr. Emtage's book we find both parts of the variation of gravity 
explained in general terms. 

A peculiarity of Professor Minchin's book is that he adopts (see 
p. 56) the plan of defining his symbols for lengths, forces, etc., as repre- 
senting concrete lengths, forces, etc., and not merely the numerical 
values of them. Accordingly he explains the necessary homogeneity of 
equations in symbols of one kind, not as arising out of certain liberty 
which we have reserved for ourselves as to choice of units, which is the 
usual point of view, but as arising out of the impossibility of two 
concrete things of different kinds being equal. He says that the cube 
of a length is a volume, but does not attempt to construct a complete 
calculus for symbols treated in this way. This is starting on an 
impracticable enterprise, and it is hardly necessary to say that it is 
not carried through consistently. Every case in which a symbol for 
force or velocity is equated to a mere number is a violation of the 
system, and there are many such cases throughout the book. The 
system appears to us to be a very bad one, introducing, as it does, 
quite unnecessarily, difficulties of interpretation of combinations of 

Mr. Emtage's book, we are told in the preface, follows a South 
Kensington syllabus, but contains some additional matter. A notable 
feature of it is the experimental illustrations, which are carefully 
described, with a view to their being performed with very simple 
apparatus. Another peculiarity of it is the way in which the subject 

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is developed by the aid of independent experimental, so-called, proofs, 
of the parallelogram of forces, equation of moments, and so on, making 
a number of different points of aeparture. In some cases we are given 
theoretical proofs afterwards, but we cannot find even a mention of 
the possibility of any theoretical investigation of the parallelogram of 
forces. We gather that this peculiarity is derived from the South 
Kensington syllabus. The book seems to be a good one for the purpose 
for which it is intended, and likely to be useful. 

W. H. Macaulay. 


The following is a summary of the answers received on this question —some 
from correspondents of considerable experience as examiners. 


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1 nearly. 

The very considerable differences of opinion indicated above, probably 
arise from the fact that some examiners, starting from a perfect answer, 
deduct marks for every defect in order to do justice to the perfect answer, 
while others, starting from the average pupil, desire to give a few marks for 
anything approaching to a correct answer. 

Again, it is sometimes doubtful whether a particular answer discloses a 
mere slip or a grave mistake in principle. Some examiners give the benefit 
of the doubt to the answer, others to those who have given the correct 
answer. On the whole the replies seem to indicate that the most experienced 
examiners take the most lenient view of mistakes. 

Some correspondents who desire the overthrow of Euclid see an argument 
in favour of their view. The fact is, that in marking or teaching Euclid we 
are really dealing with Geometry and Logic. Hence some who denounce 
Euclid, say they could teach or examine Geometry better without him, 
which, no doubt, in a sense is true. Also others who, seeing no hope for 
the inclusion of Logic apart from Euclid in our scheme of education, and 
regarding Logic, the art of reasoning correctly on unfamiliar matters, as a 
very important part of education, clmg to Euclid, with all the concomitant 

The question appears to show very clearly the necessity in important 
competitive exammations of having the scale of marking settled by two or 
more examiners in conjunction, and the great assistance which would be 
furnished by a vivd voce in deciding whether a given reply involves a slip or 
a mistake. Competitive mathematical exammations largely govern the 
mathematical education of the country, and in some respects (notably in 
fostering the craze for short methods and dodces) have a very bad effect. 
Every examiner and teacher knows how very Targe the probable error of 
the marks is in any examination conducted by individuals (as are all Civil 
Service Commission examinations), but this is not so well known as it ought 
to be to the general public. The assumed infallibility of the examination 
test has led to the gradual rejection of all other modes of selection, and to a 
general acquiescence in the effects produced by examinations. 

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92. [K. 18. a.] Solution of Problem 372, and notes suggested thereby. 

No solution of this having yet appeared, I add the following analytical 
notes to my previous statement. 

The general (finite) displacement of a rigid body by a screw about the 
axis of 2 is given by 

where a:=Z+iF, i/=X-iY; 

JT, F, z are a rectangular Cartesian set of coordinates and a, p are constants, 
of which p is real and the absolute value of a is unity ; in fact a =6*^, if <f> be 
the angle of rotation. Then a point midway between {af^sT) and {xys) is 

so that if {xyz) is in a given plane 


then (^o^o) is in another plane. 
The plane bisecting at right angles the line joining {xyz\ {x't/sf) is 

(f> ^1 being current coordinates in the plane. This reduces to 

(l-a)(i^-^) + i8(2f-2e-i3)=0. 

Hence with {xyz) in the given plane, the latter plane contains the fixed 
point (0) 

*~ -(l-a)ry _(l-a)g_-2/3_<j(2C-i8) 

A ~ oB C JJ ' 

which completes the solution of the problem. 
If has been displaced from the point (/, we liave 

^—J^'T^aC^ ^=-^=Tt^e' f=f-^=-2-C^ 

and with these values it can be proved (just as above) that the plane 


bisects 0(y at right angles ; this is the property of stated in my last note 
{Gasette, Oct, 1900). 

If we desire to evaluate the velocities due to an instantaneous screw about 
the axia of «, we have to make )3, 4> infinitesimal, and then we find 

where ^=^, 7 = :^, s<> ^^^^ bo*^ are real ; and the pitch of the screw is yl6. 
at * dt 

In these coordinates we can prove very easily a theorem due to Cay ley, 

that every point (x^^) can move instantaneously along the line joining 

(jcy«^, (xyz) for all positions of (xyz). For, in terms of {x^^. 

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and thus the point (jtq^o^) can be screwed along this line hy an infinitesimal 
screw about the axis of z of pitch ^ ^i- = ^ cot ^ (using the expressions for 

the velocities just found). So that, in particular, if the original motion be 
infinitesimal, this value of the pitch is (p/<f>) as it ought to be. 

In concluding, it may be well to point out wherein the three-dimensional 
results dififer from the two-dimensional In the two-dimensional case, we 
have only to ignore z and P in the above ; so that the line bisecting at right 
angles tfie join of (jry), (j^y ), or 

reduces to -fy-^=0, 


which passes through the origin whatever the point (x, t/) may be ; thus the 
origin is a marked point of the body which does not move in the displace- 
ment. This is of course a familiar property, and is only mentioned now for 
comparison with the other results. 

If we assume that the usual conditions for orthogonality of lines, etc., can 
be extended to space of n dimensions, merelv by adcQng on terms of the same 
type ; I have proved that when n is ocUi there is no real point at a finite 
distance which does not move in a general displacement of a rigid bod v ; but 
if n is even, there is always at least one such point (cf. R. F. Muirhead, Proc 
Edin, MatL Soc,, Vol. xvi., p. 70i Of course by specializing the motion we 
can always keep a certain number of points fixed ; but if n be odd, and a 
point is kept fixed, then a line is therebv also fixed. 

Before leaving this subject, I should like to remark that the use of 
coordinates such as (j:, y) above (circular coordinates) is often advantageous 
in geometrical problems that involve metrical relations ; thus, properties of 
the epicycloids, etc, have been very simply obtained from these coordinates 
by Prof. F. Morley (Am. Journal of Maths., Vols, xiii., xvi.) : see also Vol i., 
No. 2, of the Transactions of the American McUhematical Society. 

T. J. Pa. Bromwich. 

93. [K.] Prof. Hill's EucL v. and vL, Definition of Ratios, and Incom- 

I am glad to have the opportunity of showing that my proposal of measure 
as the definition of ratio is free from the difi^culties suggestea by Prof. Hill* 
(Review of Prof. Hill's EucL v. and vL Vol. I. No. 24, p. 411. 

Art. 1. If il and B are commensurable so that A=sC, B=rC, then the 
measure, A\B say, is the rational fraction «/r, since A —sJr.B. 

When A and B are incommensurable we find, as in the decimal system of 
weighing, a terminating decimal ftn^co.OiOs ... a«, such that, the decimal /i» 
being the same as fin with On-H 1 for o^, and y. the true measure A\B, 


The process is supposed to be carried far enough to show any required 
diflference between fi and any different decimal v. 

Art. 2, Theorem I. If the measures A\B, C\D are /a, v, and if, r and s 
being integers, whenever rA > sB, rC > sD, and when <, <, then 


* The less important points raised by Prof. Hill are passed over for lack of space, as 
well as a detailed account of measurement in Art. 1 justifying (a) in Art. 2. 

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SappoBe fi> V. Find (Prof. Hill's Prop vu.) integers r, s such that 

r/A > ». 1 > rv («) 

.-. rtjJB>8£, but rvD<sD, (b) 

.". rA>sBf but rC < «/>, contrary to hypothesis ; 
.'. fJL^Vf similarly fi'^v; .*. /a=k. 

Note L Professor Hill uses the same argument (a) in his Art, Phil. Trans. 
Prop. 17 ; and r/i is intelligible as an operator in (b) just so far as it is 
intelligible as a number > « in (a). Prop, vii is a oirect result of Archi- 
medes' Principle. 

Note ii. Professor Hill's 3 sets of conditions >, =, and <, of Prop. viii. 
are reducible by Prop, vii to the 2, > and <, of this article. 

Art. 3. Theorem IL If A\B=fjL, the scale [A, 5]=0, 1]. 
For, r and s being integers, 
whenever rA>sBy rfjLB>sB 

.'. r/i>«.l. 
Similarly, whenever rA<sBf r/x < « . 1 ; 

.-. [A,B]=[^l] 

Now when A, B are commensurable =a^, bN say. Prof. Hill proves, 
Prop. XL, 


and sa^s ^Art. 44^ " a/b is taken as the measure of a : 6 " i.e. A : B. 
Similarly, we say, " /a is taken as the measure of fill" (or A : B). 

Art. 4. Theorem TIL Hence, the measure A\B \b also the measure of 
the ratio A : B. 

Among the advantages of defining ratio by this measure A \B are : 

(L) We can prove the test (Art. 2), and it is therefore scientifically wrong 
to assume it ; it is much easier to apply, and greater and less ratios become 

ii. 'Die definition is that assumed in Trigonometry, etc. 

iiL A fourth Proportional can be at once constructed. 

Art. 5. As to the whole question of incommensurables : — I must point 
out that (l) approximations being barred, Euclid's Book Y. applies only to 
those kinds of magnitude for which a 4*** Proportional can be found without 
approximation ; these are, rational numbers, and certain figures in Euclidean 
space ; and (iL) it is significant that in general* when the magnitudes A, B^ 
only are given, the sc^e [Ay B] and Euclid's ratio A : B are indeterminate ; 
since, however, many terms of the multiple order l.B, I. Ay 25, etc. have 
been found, the number of possible contmuations, and therefore of possible 
scales or ratios, is still infinite, t 

Arts. 1, 2 above, however, show that the difficulties are largely imaginarv, 
and are in any case contained in Archimedes' Principle, assumed in Euclid's 
postulates, in V., Def. 5, 7, and in '^rot Hill's Aop. vii. Euclid's and 
Prof. Hill's systems are therefore equally guiltpr with others. The merit of 
Euclid's test lies in applying the method of limits once for all. 

I ought to sav that I am deeply indebted to the suffgestiveness of Prof. 
Hill's Sook, and in particular to Prop. viL, for much of the above note 
and indeed for the suggestion of the * measure' definition. 


*The exception rational numbers. 

fFor initance, to the 3rd term given above, A is only known to be some magnitude 
between 1 . B and 2 . jB ; . *. the number of possible continuations is infiuite, and so on. 

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[Much time and trouble wiU he saved the Editor if (even tentative) aolutions 
are sent with problems by their Proposers.] 

400. [K. 2. d;6. d.] A variable straight line meets two fixed straight lines 
Oxy Ov iu A and B, so that the sum or difference of OA, OB is constant : 
find the envelope of the Euler circle of the triangle OAB^ and the locus of its 
Lemoine point and the three associated points. 

Prove also that the circumcircle of OAB passes through another fixed 
point besides 0, and that its Euler line also passes through a fixed point. 

E. N. Barisikn. 

401. [L 8.] Prove that 

3.10*-7«-" = 0(mod. 23) 
for all values of n. Find a process for obtaining similar modular equations 
[a. B^-c. /)*"•• = (mod. P)] for other primes. Write the equation in its 
simplest form and find values for the letters when P=97. 

R. W. D. Christie. 

402. [B. 1. a.] Prove that the determinant 


On-iX^'^j On^i Ooj 

is a polynomial of order n in a:"**. 

F. S. Macaulay. 

403. [K. 4.] Construct geometrically a right-angled triangle having given 
the base b and the rectangle contained by the hypotenuse and the per- 
pendicular. Isaac H. Turrsll. 

404. [J. 2. 0.] Material sufficient to make a solid sphere of radius unity is 
divided at random into two parts, each of which is niade into a solid sphere : 
show that the expectation of the sum of the radii is §. 

If the material had been divided into three parts, the expectation would 
be f J ; if into four parts, it would be gj, and so on. W. A. Whitworth. 

405. [K. 12. b. eu] Draw three circles mutually tangent, which shall also 
touch a given straight line at given points. C. E. Younqman. 

406. [K. 8. a.] OAB is an isosceles triangle, base AB, and PAB is any 
other triangle on the same base and in the same plane : prove that 

4,0A^.PA,PB.cosi{A0B-APB) + AB^.0P^^0A\PA+PBy. (C.) 

407. [L^ 4. a. a.] S, H are the foci of an ellipse, T an external point ; SM 
and /^iV^ perpendicular respectively to .S'T'and i^ 7* meet the adjacent tangents 
from T to the ellipse in M and iV ; SN and £fM intersect in L : shew that 
the perpendicular from T on Sff passes through L. (C.) 

408. [LK 14. a.] If the intersections of opposite sides of a circum quadri- 
lateral of an ellipse lie on a coaxal and similar ellipse, shew that one pair of 
opposite vertices lie on another coaxal and similar ellipse. (C.) 

409. [M*. 3. J.] Lines are drawn from every point of a curve making an 
angle j8 with the tangent at the point : if (5, ^) be the centre of curvature at 
a point (or, ^), and (f , v) the pnoint correspondingto (x, y) on the envelope of 
the above lines, find f and rj in terms of x, y, x, y^ and i5. (C) 

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Unsolved Quicstions.— 171, 275, 279, 283, 285, 326, 336-8, 341, 349, 356, 369, 
370, 373, 37682, 387, 38999. 

Solutions to these, or other questions to which no solution has yet been pub- 
lished, and to 400-9 should be sent as early as possible. 

The qnestion need not be re- written ; the number should precede the solution. 
Figures should be very careftQly drawn to a imall scale on a separate sheet. 

175. [P. 2. a.] When a conic S is reciprocated with respect to any point 
into a conic S*, prove that the reciprocals of the four foci of S are the two pairs 
of common chords of S and a point-circle at 0. R. P. Royston. 


If taugents be drawn to a couic from two points F^ B\ to a conic S^ and the 
whole be reciprocated with respect to a point 0, then corresponding to /\, F^, 
we get two lines Z„ Z2, and to the other intersections of tne tangents to S 
from Fn F^ there correspond the other two pairs of straight lines through the 
intersections of S with Xq, L^ In the particular case in which F^ and F^ are 
the circular points at infinity L^ and Xj together constitute the point-circle 
at so that we obtain the required result. 

252. [I. 19. a.] Every whole number greater than ^ is the shortest side of 
an infinite number of rational plane triangles^ whose sides are integers prime to 
each other, Artbmas Martin. 


We have to shew that given any integer a( > 2) there is an infinite 
number of pairs of integers h,c{>a) which make [(6-f c)'-a*][a*- (6 — c)^ 
a perfect square, a, 6, c having no common factor. 

1. a odd. Solutions will be given by putting 

6 — c=l, a*-l=wic^, 

m (obviously not a perfect square) being taken even. Then it is known that 
the equation 


admits of an infinite number of solutions in integers, x being in each case 
odd. The solution is therefore completed by taking 

64-c=cw:. {x>\y 

2. a twice an odd integer. In this case we take 

6-c=4, a^-16=«M£2, 
so that m is necessarily of one of the forms 4«, 4?i-f 1. 

6-f c=ar, 
where x is obtained by solving in integers the equation 

which, as before, admits of an infinite number of solutions in each of which x 
is odd. So that h and c are both odd. 

3. a twice an even integer 

6-c=2, a*-4=w^, 
6-f-6=(ur, where x satisfies 


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271. [J. 1. a.] Find the number of ways of dividing a number n into not 
more than three parte, (5. F. W. Sandbbro (O). 

We want to find the number of ways in which we can assign positive 
integral values (including zero) to r, e^ t (r'l^s'l^t)^ ao that 

When only two parts are required the number of ways is obviously 

1 + 2 or 1 + — g— according as n is even or odd, t.c., it is=/f — 5— j. Thus 
when in the case of three parts r has an assigned value ^m 5 ) L ^^^ 

number of ways of choosing », < is ^y-—^ — )• Therefore the total number 
of ways of choosing r, «, ^ is 


whether n be even or odd, 

where », /, f are the remainders obtained on dividing 71, n+1, w+l by 3, 3, 2 

= A[(w'*+6n + ll)-«-«>-2«'+3^ = l+/(^^^^) 
V -6>3^-«-«2_2*'>l. 

287, All the quantities being real, prove that the limits of 

are o and q. F. S. Macaulat 

Solution by W. E. Hartlet. 

We have 2 /m - 2 yr^y^^l^\\l/l'-\-fn.'^- ^£(2/m -ym+l)l 

and [i:y»T=«i/».-"2 i (y.-y,)'- 

The quantity under consideration is therefore equal to 


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and is therefore necessarily positive, [and by making x^=0{r=l ...p-l) 
(while the other ^s are finite), takes value 0, ] 

I- rm,i -J L.r— «(p-l) -i r— f 

- sum of squares 

=g\ ^i'+^«-i+ 2 {^r-Xr+if -sum of squares 

SO that the upper limit is q. Hence the limits of the quantity under con- 
sideration are o and q. 

306. [J. 1. a.] A^ By arid € have n articles to divide between them subject to 
the condition thai B must not have more articles than either A or C. Show 
thai the number of arrangements is given by the coefficient ofaf^ in the expansion 
of {I -x)-\l -aryK Iff however, the condition be that A is not to hem fewer 
than either A or C, show that the generating function is 

(1 +ar«)(l -x)-^! -^"Hl -^)-'. 

P. A. Macmahok. 

We want to find the number of ways in which we can choose positive 
integers a,/?, y so that a+/34-7=n, fi'^a, i8>y. We may therefore 
write a=p+a, y=j8+c, and we have now to fina the number of ways of 
choosing positive integers (including zero^ a, p, c such that a+3^+c=n. 
The required number is obviously the coemcient of of* in the expansion of 


i.e.of (l-x)-»(l-^)-». 

In the second case let a, a + 6, a+6+c be the three parts, a, 6, c beinc all 
positive integers (including zero), and (a-hb+c) being ^s share. We have 
then to determine the niunber of ways of assigning positive integnd values 
(zero included) to a, 6, c so that da+26+c=7}, each arrangement in which 
b is not zero being counted twice, as either A or C may nave a +6. The 
number is the coemcient in the expansion of 


307. [L 2. b.] The shortest side of a rational plane triangle having integral 
sides prime to each other cannot be less than 3. 

Artbmas Martin. 

If a triangle have integral sides the shortest of which is 1, then the other 
two must be equal. Let each be n : then the area of the triangle is 

which can never be rational since every odd square is of the form 4p+l, 
If the shortest side be 2, then either 
(i) the other two are equal ; let each be n : then the area is 

1 . 7??^, 
which can never be rational 

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Or (ii) the other two diflfer by 1 ; let them be n, n+ 1 : then the area is 


which can never be rational 

Thus the shortest side of a rational plane triangle having integral sides 
cannot be less than 3. 

311. [I. 1.] The number abed is such that {ab+ccTf^abcd. What four- 
figure nwnbers possess this property f R. Pbndlbburt. 

Solution by W. E. Hartlbt, C. E. Younoman. 
We have (ab^-cdf^ahcd^ 

:.{ab + cd){ab-\-cd-l)^abQO'-ab 

:. if n denote ah+cd 

n(n - 1) is divisible by 99 ; 

also in order that n^ may be a four-figure number n must lie between 32 and 
99 — both limits included. Taking the numbers of the form lip or llp+l in 
these limits, the only ones which make n(n- 1) divisible by 9 as well as 11 
are 45, 55 and 99 : and these give the numbers 

2026, 3025, 9801 (to which we might add 0001). 
[We see the reasoning above is reversible, so that each of the numbers n 
which makes n{n-l) divisible by 99 gives one of the four-figure numbers we 
are seeking, viz. c^)cd where n(w- 1) = 99 x ab, and cd=7i-ab.] 

320. [L^ 16. b.] (a) A fixed point P is Joined to a point M on a conic, and a 
circle is described on PM as diameter. Find the envelope of the circles as M 
moves on the conic, and discuss the cases in which P is{\ ) at the centre; (2°) a 
focus ; (3") a vertex, 

[L*. 4. c] (6) Given two conies C, C, a tangent to C cats C in A and B. Find 
the locus of the intersections of the tangents to C from A and B. K N. Barisibn. 

Solution by C. E. Youngmah. 

(a) Draw the tangent at 3/ to the conic (7, and on it project P into y. 
Then Q lies on the circle PM, and also on the consecutive circle PM* for M' 

lies on MQ ; thus the envelope is the locus of Q, 
or the p^al of C for P, A convenient con- 
struction for points QQ' on the curve is : — Take 
S a focus of Uj and A A' TV the auxiliary circle ; 
draw any chord FV through S, and a parallel 
through Pf on which project FV into QQ^, 
From this follow various properties : the curve 
has a double point at P, where the tangents are 
perpendicular to those from PtoC; it has (for 
central conies) no real points at infinity ; it cuts 
the circle A A' on PS and PS* ; the tangents to it 
from P are parallel to those from tS to the circle 
A4\ and perpendicular to the asymptotes of C ; 
and it touches C at the four points whose nor- 
mals pass through P. There cannot be five collinear points y, for then the 
five lines QM would touch a parabola with focus P, as well as a conic with 

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focus S. Hence the curve is a quartic, or, when C is a parabola, a cubic. 
Inverted from P, it becomes a conic — the polar reciprocal of C for the circle 
of inversion. Hence if (7 is a circle the curve Q is a lima^on. 

In case 1" the curve is a lemniscate ; in 2** the auxiliary circle ; in 3* the 
inverse of a parabola — a cardioid when (7 is a circle, a cissoid when (7 is a 
parabola. See Williamson's Differential Calculus, chaps, xiv. and xv., Exx. 

(b) The locus is a conic touching the common tan^s^ents of C and C For 
from Poncelet's Theorem, by first reciprocating the circles into confocal 
conies, and then projecting these into comes touchiue four fixed lines, we get : 
"If a variable polygon circumscribes a conic C, whue all its corners but one 
trace conies of the same four-tangent system with C, then that one also traces 
another conic of the system." And the case in question is that of a triangle. 

327. [B. 2. a.] Show that there exist linear functions u, v of x, y, z which 

A i8», y» 
and determine ti, v. 


x^,^y z^\ divisible by 
xx% yy\ zsl' I 

W. J. Johnston. 


Denoting the three determinants by A|, Aj, A respectively, we see that 
A and A| vanish when for x, y, z we write of, y', «', while — a\ i^ xf, etc. being 
general — ^ does not vanish. Hence to satisfy the conditions we must have 

v = l X, y,z 
sd, y, z' 

and similarly u = 

I, m, n 

But A vanishes if x^sif -{-px", etc. whatever /o may be ; these values of x, y, z 

ttAi + i;A2=p, xsf, y%f, zz' 

^-X, m-fi, n-v 

and this vanishes for all values of p if, and only if, \-l=aaf •{•haf', etc. 

X, y, z \ v= X, y, z , 

I, w, n y, y, ^^ 

^', y, ^'\ ^ + ^^\ ^ + W\ ^ + ^^' 

I, m, n being quite arbitrary. But we notice that the value of u is unaltered 
by writing for l^ m, n, l+bx^\ etc. so that we may say m, v are always 
[x, m, /'J, [xj y n], but corresponding to a given value of m, i; is indefinite in 
so far that we may add to it any multiple of A. 

344. [I«*. 10- to.] OPy OQy OR are nofmals to a parabola, focus S, vertex A. 
Prove that 2ASP==2nv+2AS0. K. W. Gbnese. 

The line y = mx - 2am - am^ 

is normal to the parabola y^=4ax, 

and if P be the point at which it is normal L ASP=^ - 2 tan-^m. 

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The values of m which make the normal go through a fixed point are 
the roots of the cubic. 

am^ + m(2a - 4:) +y = 0. 

^i> ^ ^^h being the three roots. 

a — x 2^m^m^ - 1 1 - 27749713 

= -tan(2tan-»m) 

= tan(i2^^P) 

.*. 2ASP=2nw+2AS0, 

346. [I^. 2. c] Find geometrically the locus of the in-centres of trianglet^ 
vertices on three given lines^ and equiangular with a given triangle, 

J. F. Hudson. 


Let ABCh% the triangle formed by the three lines ; A' EC the trians^Ie to 

which PQR is to be similar; the point at which BC^ CA^ AS subtend 

angles respectively equal to A -^A'y B-\-R^C'\-C, P an v point m BC \ Q 

the intersection of CA with CPO ; R the intersection of BA with BPO. 



Also PORy POQ being supplementary to B, C, QOR is supplementary to 
A ; and angles §, R are respectively equal to ff and C\ so that PQR is a 
triangle satisfying the required conditions (conversely if PQR satisfy con- 
ditions, Qr AQR, BRP. CPQ cointersect at 0). Since PO, QO, RO make 
fixed angles with the sides PQR, we have, if PqQqRo be the pedal triangle of 
0, /^ its incentre, / the incentre of PQR, 

01^ : 0/=OPo : OP, and L lOh^L POP^ ; 

.-. lOI^^OP^ 

a right angle, so that the locus of / is a line through /^ perpendicular to 01^ 

If the triangle be turned over so as to be perversely similar to A'BC\ we 
get a new locus corresponding to the angles - A\ -ff. -C instead of 
+^', +/?, +(?'. 

347. [P. 8. b.] A variable circle, which inverts from each of two fixed paints 
into circles of constant radii, envelopes a pair of circles. C. K M*Vickkr. 

Let A, Bhe the fixed centres of inversion. Then since 

radius of any circle C : radius of the inverse circle C with respect to A 
= tangent to Cfrom A : tangent to C from A 
=sq. of tangent to C7from A : sq. of radius of inversion, 

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and similarly, for the other inversion ; we have that the tangents to C from 
A and i? are in a constant ratio. Let L be the limiting point of the system 
of coaxal circles determined by circle C and line AB, Then AL :BL is a 
fixed ratio. Hence L describes a circle with centre on AB^ and L' the inverse 
of L with respect to A also describes a circle with its centre on AB, Now 
a system of coaxal circles inverts with respect to any point on the radical axis 
into another system with the same radical axis, the limiting points inverting 
into the limiting points of the new system. Hence the tangent from to 
C^OL a constant, and the radius of C is constant. Hence C envelopes 
a pair of circles with a common centre 0. Hence C also envelopes a pair 
of circles. 

Solution by C. E. Youngman. 

Let AyB\j% the fixed points, and 7, T two positions of the variable circle. 
From either A or 5, say J, Fand V invert into equal circles 0, Qf \ :. A 
and B lie on a circle coaxal with F, V (Casey's Sequel, vi. iv. 5) ; /. the 
inverse of this— a line cutting AB at B the inverse of 5— is coaxal with 
0, (y {lb. VI. V. 6, Cor. 6) ; .*. tangents from R to and 0' are equal ; i,e, 
the tangent from 5* to is constant Hence (being of fixed size) touches 
two fixed circles with centre jB', and .*. F touches other two coaxal with 
A andB, 

360. [K. a. a.] The triangle farmed bv the Simeon Unes of A', B, C with 
reepect to a triangle ABC is similar to the triangle DBF, where A\ B^ C are 
the midpoints of BCy CA^AB respectively y and A ^> F the points of contact ^ 
the inscribed circle of ABC, W. J. G. 

Solution by N. Quint. 

This theorem is a particular case of that given by Mr. J. Alison (Proc, 
Edin, M. Soc,^ iii., p. 86) : **il F^ F, O he the vertices of any triande 
inscribed to a circle ABC, the Simson lines of E, F, O form a triangle similar 
to EFO"; for as is easily seen, the triangle A'BC is equiangular with the 
triangle DEF formed by joining the points of contact. It may be remarked 
that-— as in many Questions dealing with Simson lines — the theorem still 
holds if we replace the Simson lines by the general Simson lines, obtained by 
taking the oblique projections of A\ B, (f. For it has been shown f"The 
general Wallace line of an in-polygon " (Quint.) Nieuw Archief voor WisHnindey 
III. p. 153, 1897) that the angle l>etween the general Simson Unes for 0, C on 
the circle for any inscribed triangle is equal to half the arc OC 

360.. [K. 10. 6.] /n a semicircle ABA\ centre C, a chord A'B is dravm, and 
a radius CD parallel to A'B. Find the locus of intersection of CB, A'D. 



Let be the intersection ; OCA = e, OC^r, CA=a, 
then CO:CB:'.CD'.CD-\-A'B 


or r : a : : a : a+2acos^; 

.-. rA +2 COS 1^ = 0, 
the equation to the locus. 

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362. [K. 10. 6.] If an arc AB of a circle he divided eaually in M and un- 
equally in P, fmd a relation between the cords PA, FB, FMy AM analogous to 
£uc. II. 5. W. J. Johnston. 

Solution by Proposbr. 

Let the point P lie between M and B. Take a point Q in the arc AM, 
such that arc AQ—atc MP. Then arc ^i/'=arc QP^ and arc §2/"= arc PB. 
Apply Ptolemy's Theorem to the quadrilateral AQMP. Then noticing that 
the chords of the preceding pairs of equal arcs are equal, we obtain the 
relation ^p. PB+MP^=M&. 

363. [L^ 8. a.] Oiven two points on an ellipse and the positions of its cures, 
construct the lengths of the axes. A. Lodge. 

Solution by R. B. Worthinqton. 

Construction. Let PF meet axis major CMM' in T. Join PM\ /^M, 
meeting in JI, Draw NffR 11 PM, PM', and meeting the semicircle CRT in R, 
PP in q. 

Then shall CR—\ axis major. 

For TFQP is harmonic, /. NQR is the polar of jT, both for ellipse and 
auxiliary 0. 

TRC is a right angle ; :. R\& evidently on the auxiliary circle. .*. CR is 
the \ axis major. 

Let MP meet auxiliary in jp, and take CB : CR^MP : Mp\ CB is 
^ axis major. 

365. [K. 90. d.] An ass is tied to a peg in the centre of a rectangvlar plot of 
grass, sides a, 2a; if he can graze over just half the area, show that the length of 
his halter must be ^ cosec 59° 4' 51 -6" very nearly. C. E. M*Vicker. 

Solution by Proposbr ; R F. Davis ; E. M. Radford ; J. F. Hudson ; 

and others. 

It is easily seen that we are led to the equation 

2^+8in 2^+2 cos 2^=2. 

By experiment ^ = o nearly, = - + ar (say). 

Hence 2(|+^)+sin^y + 2^)+2cosf y + 2a7)=2. 

Expanding the sine and cosine we have 

^^ 18~4x-3x/3 / 2-_v/3 \ 2(2^/3 + 1) ^ . 
6(2-/3-l) V2v/3-l/ 3(2^3-1) "* 
or, writing fi for the first term : 

x= - j8+-1087411a?«+l-207769ar3...^ 

from which by continued approximation 

a?= -j8+1087411^«-l •2314190)83... 
= - -0160624 + -0000280 - -0000051 . . . 
[the term in ^ will be found to be < -01^ ; 

.-. ^ = 1-0311580... radians 
= 59'4'51-6*. 
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366. [X. 8. b.] ABC^ DBC are Uoo equilateral triangles on the eame haee BC, 

A WHfU P is taken an the cirde, centre Z), radtue DB or DC. Show that PA, 

PB^ PC are the sidee of a right-angled triangle. E. M. RADFomD. 

Solution by C. V. Durbll and others. 

AD bisects BC^X right angles. OD^ABcm 
.. PB»+PC^ 



But PZ)»=i5Z)»=Jfl«; /.etc 


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367. [J. 2. 0.] A straight line of length unity is divided at random into there 
parts, subject to the condition that they may form the sides of a triangle. Show 
that the expectation of the area of the circle 

inscribed in the triangle is -^. 
^ 240 

W. Allkn Whitworth. 
Solution by C. E. M'Vickkr. 
Let a, 6, c be the parts of the line. 

Area of circle = -(s - a)(s - b)(s - c) 

-a)(«-6)(a + 6-»). 

.-. expectation of tLrea,=p=^ J J {s-a){s-b){a -k-b-sycladb/ 1 tela db, 

where a<«; b<s; a+b>s. 

To exhibit the limits of integration geometrically, take a representative 
point P whose coordinates referred to two rectangular axes are a, b ; make 
OA=iOB=2s, the length of the line. It will be seen from the preceding 
inequalities that P must lie on the triangle OA'B, whose vertices are the 
mid-points of the sides of OAB. 

Taxing OA\ OB as new axes of reference, 

p = 7//^(« - ^ -y)^ ^yj^ = ~?j}^^^ " -^ "" y)^ ^y^ 

the integration extending over (/A'B. 


120"" 60 ""240* ^' ^"^'^ 

372. [K. 18. a.] A plane fkfure ABC... receives any riqid'body displacement 
in space to the position A BC... Prove that the mid-points of AA'y BB\ 
CC\... are co-planar, and that the planes bisecting these lines ai right angles 
have a common point. C. K M'V iokbr. 

Solution by J. Blaikie. 
(1) Join AA\ BB,... and let A", B"... he the mid-points of the joining 
lines, l^ke any point as origin, and employ the method of Vectors. Since 
ABCD is congruent with A'BC'D, if we take 

AD^mAB^nCD, we have also A'B^mA'B -k-nCD^ (1). 

.-. OD^OA-¥AD=OA-\-mAB-\-nCD. 

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Now A"B"=^OR''-OA"=^i{OB'{-OB')-i{OA + OA') 

:. OD'^OA"^-mA"B'+nC"iy'; 
from which we see that Z>" is co-planar with A'\ B\ C". Similarly for other 
points. It is to be observed that this proof holds good when the figures are 
similar but not equal, and in all cases where equation (1) is satisfied. 

(2) Since is any point, we may assume it to be the point of intersection 
if the normal planes to AA\ BE, CC'\ through A'\ B\ &. Then OA = OA\ 
etc., and the tetrahedron OABCis either congruent with, or is the image of, 
the tetrahedron OABC\ In the latter case we may take a point (/, the 
image of in the plane A'EC\ and the tetrahedrons OABC, OA'BO' are 
congruent. Hence, by superposition, either OD — ODy or OD = (yn=^Oiy, 
:. OVf' is perpendicular to Du, Similarly for other points. 

385. [K. 13. a.] Show t/iat any di»placeiiient of a rigid body is equivalent to 
a series of reflexions in 'plane mirrors of the points of the body. W. J. Johnston. 

Solution by J. Blaikie. 
Let A^B^ChQ three points in the body, and let A', R, C be their positions 
lifter displacement. Join AA\ and draw a plane through its mid-poiut 
perpendicular to it. Let A'B"C" be the image of ABC in this plane. Join 
B'B, Then since A'B'^AB, the plane through the mid-point of E'R at 
right angles to it will pass through A'. Let the image ot A'B'C" in this 
plane be A'BC", Then it is clear that A'BC is the image of A'BG"' in a 
plane through A'B bisecting C'C" at right angles. If Z) be a fourth point 
HI the rigid Dody, a fourth reflexion in the plane A'BC will be required to 
make the final image of D agree with its displaced ix)8ition D, 

386. \ly 8. c] If a circle through the centre qf an ellipse cut pairs of con- 
jugate diaineters in Ay A' ; By B ;.,. then shall the chords AA\ BUy ... a^l pass 

through a jLved point. A. Lodok. 

Solution by W. F. Beard. 

Conjugate diameters from a pencil in involution. Thus the pencil 
C{AA'BB...) is in involution, and therefore {vide Russell's Pure Oeoni.y 
ch. XX., § 2), AA'y BBy etc., are concurrent. 

Solution by R. F. Davis. 

Let CPy CD be conjugate semi-diameters of the ellipse, CD touching the 
«;^iven circle at C. Aloiig the tangent at F take any points Q, Q" such that 
y/*. PQ^ = CD^; then CQ, CQ' are conjugate diametei-s mtersecting the given 
circle in A, A', Produce CP to (7 m that CP. PU= CIP. 

Then the variable circle CQ^ passes through a fixed point U. Hence if 
the constant of inversion from C be chosen so that the tangent at P inverts 
into the given circle, A A' passes through a fixed point on CP. 

This theorem obviously gives by orthogonal projection Fr^giei-'s property. 

28. [K. 1. c] Find a point P in the base BC of a triangle ABCy such that 
Al^-BP . PC is a max. or min. Discuss the dijferent cases. E. M. Lanoley. 
Solution by G. Hbppel. 
Draw AN perpendicular to BC. Bisect BC in 0. Take Q on ^Csuch that 
<)N=z QN^2. Tlie cases are distinguished as ^1 Q § BO. 
liOB=^OC=a', ON=h'y AN^k; OP^x\ 

u = AP'-BP.PC:=l^'^ih^-a^+i{h-2.vy=AQ'^''Ba^-^i{h''2,ry. 
If u=Oy x=^ih±>/^BO^-AQ^). 
If AQ>BO ; no max. and a min. for :f=^A. 

^9=^0; min. is zero. 

AQ<BO ; min. zero for x' = yi±^l(BO'^-AQ^) ; max. for x=ih. 

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32. [P. 8. b.] If a system of cocucal circles^ real limiting points L, L \ he 
inverted from any point Ein their centre-join, with radius of inversion J EL . EL\ 
then each circle of the system inverts into another circle of the system, and the 
circle through E inverts into the radical axis of the system , and is the circle of 
similitude of each pair of mutually inverse cirdes. H. D. Ellis. 

Solution by E. F. Davis. 

Let AOB be the radical axis bisecting LL at right angles in 0. Describe 
the circle whose centre is and radius OX, and through E draw any secant 
EPq, Let the tangents TP, TQ meet LL' in U and r respectively. 

Since ^P.^§=^Z.^Z' = square of radius of inversion, the point P 
inverts into the point Q. The circle LPQ is its own inverse ; and a circle 
intersecting orthogonally the circle LPQ at P whose centre lies on LL' 
inverts into a circle also intersecting orthogonally the circle LPQ at Q whose 
centre lies on LL'. Hence the circle centre U radius UP inverts into the 
circle centre V radius VQ : these both belong to the given coaxal system 
having Z, L' as limiting points. 

The circle of the system passing through E will invert into the circle of 
the system having an infinitely large radius, that is, the radical axis AB. 

Draw TRM perpendicular to LL' meeting the circle LPQ in R : and 
join ER which will be the tangent at R Then since T{PMQE}=-ly 
{UMVE}= -1 : but J^is obviously the external centre of similitude of the 
circles centres U, K, hence M is the internal centre of similitude of the same 
circles, and the circle upon EM as diameter their circle of similitude. But 
the circle upon EM as aiameter is the circle of the system passing through 
E; for EM. £0=ER^=EP.EQ. 

37. [Bw 4. a.] Find from statical considerations the length of the bisector of 
an angle of a triangle. E. M. Lanoley. 

Solution by Proposer. 
The resultant of two equal forces of be units along AB, AC respectively is 

26c cos-. 

These forces are 6. AB, c. AC respectively, and thei-efore are equivalent 
to (6+ c)^Z> along the bisector J/>. Hence 

AD =2bo COS 


39. [A. 1. ] Find a number of two diffits equal to the square of the tefni digit 
together with the square of the sum of its digits. E. M. Langley. 

Solution by Proposer. 

We have to solve a:*+(j?+y)'=10.r+y. 

The roots of this equation regarded as a quadratic in x are real if 
26-y(y+8) is positive, i.e. fory=0, 1, or 2 ; further, the roots are rational 
if y =0 or 1, but irrational \iy^^. Hence 60 and 41 are the numbers. 

42. [K. 6. a.] I nveasure afield by padtw, 1 theji make a sketch of the land, 
using a scale of paces, which is on the scale of 8 inches to a mile. The regula- 
tion pace is 32 inches. After draunng my sketch I find that my pace is only 
31 inches. What should oe the length of a special scale of yards for the sketch 
to show 1000 yards in aU? J. H. Hooker. 

Solution by Proposer. 

Length of scale of 1000 yds. for standard pace = ^^^fs^iy x 1000 x 36"=4|V* 

Personal pace=|^ (standard pace) ; 

.'. a distance in sketch reading x yds. is really %\x yds. ; 

.'. scale must be increased in ratio §f ; 

.-. length required =:f^"x§f =4" -69.... 

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Then circle round RDE goes through S^ S', but SRS'= right angle ; 
.'. /), E are the points in which the circle on SS\ or on ROi as diameter 
meets PP', QQ' ; 

/. OjZ), Oi^are perpendicular to PP', QQ'. 
(i) Thus if Oi is given fixed point, DE is a fixed straight line, 
(ii) If Of is the given fixed point. 

Then DER=ERO^\ v iJOj is a rectangle 

=EROt; V iZOjOi is pedal triangle of PP'C 
.'. Z)^ is parallel to i20^ 
Thus the third common tangent is either fixed in (i), or is parallel to a 
fixed straight line — that joining to the intersection of the fixed lines — 
in (ii). 

Hence in our original theorem, the fourth point of intersection P is either 
a fixed point or on a fixed straight line through the point 0, and pcuuUel to 
that joining A and B, 


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While all teachers of Mathematics should be interested in the paper read 
last September by Prof. Perry and in the debate which followed it, 
members of our own Association, founded as it was for the Improvement 
of Geometrical Teaching, should give it special attention and should take 
advantage of the upheaval at Glasgow to press some of their immediate 
aims. Although Prof. Perry presented his case with a certain amount of 
picturesque exaggeration, I feel sure that his contentions were in the main 
true, and that the mathematical training of the schools, however well fitted 
for those who are being prepared for a University course, turns out the 
ordinary boy with a modicum of Mathematics which he finds of little use 
for any professional purpose. I do not however think that we need look upon 
Prof, rerry as an opponent but rather as a valuable ally. I am convinced 
that much mi^ht be aone, at any rate in the earlier stages of mathematical 
teaching, which besides going far to meet Prof. Perry's views and to remove 
the reproach (in my opinion deserved) of the Engineer, would be a con- 
siderable gain from our own point of view. Our cause may be advanced 
considerably if we make a proper use of the present opportunity. 

The debate at Glasgow ranged widely and there was some vagueness of 
aim on the part of some of the speakers ; but three points emerged with 
clearness on which there seemed a fair amount of agreement. I will take 
them under the heads of (i) Examinations (ii) Text-books (iii) Intuitional 
or Experimental Geometry. 

S) It was admitted that the school system is dominated by examinations, 
that little could be done unless Examiners and Inspectors of schools 
modified the nature of their requirements. A lamentable case of the 
blighting influence of reactionary examiners was brought forward by Prof. 
Silvan us Thompson. 

(ii) The question of the retention of Euclid as a text-book was again 
raised. It was urged with considerable force that our retention of a book 
discarded by other nations had at any rate a presumption against it, and 
that it was wrong to sacrifice the interests of education to the ease of 
the examiner. 

(iii) More than one speaker pointed out that if the experimental or 
intuitional method of introducing the truths of Mathematics, and especially 
of Geometry, were used from the lowest classes of our schools upwards, 
the strictly deductive course would not lose but gain in effectiveness. I 
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waiting for corporate action. Prof. Perry, in the report of the debate he 
is about to publish, has kindly allowed me to acm some further con- 
siderations in favour of the course advocated. 

Now the Association seems bound to have something to say in its 
corporate capacity on each of subjects (i), (ii), and (iii). 

As to (i) it might appoint a small committee to keep itself in touch 
with that appoint^ by tne British Association, and to give the views of the 
latter, when approved, all the support which, as an organised body of 
mathematical teachers, it can give, in bringing useful pressure to bear on 
Examiners and Inspectors. 

(ii) It might, on its own account, again approach the Universities and 
other examining bodies on the subject of text-books, urging, as a sound 
reason for re-opening the question, the opinion so strongly expressed at 
Glasgow of the unfitness of Euclid as a text-book for beginners, and 
asking as first instalment of a much-needed reform, the official recognition 
of its own work, as a text-book for Examinations. I have always thought 
that the Council of the A.I.G.T. lost, in 1887, a good opportunity through 
its liberality of sentiment with regard to other text-books. If it had 
merely asked that its own should be officially recognised, I fancy it might 
have succeeded, at any rate at Cambridge ; and when no great harm had 
been found to follow the first step, the authorities would have allowed, 
by degrees, the greater freedom required. As an old Hon. Sec. it was 
with great regret that I heard one speaker talk as if the A.I.G.T. had 
never taken the trouble to bring out a text-book of its own. Such a 
work not only exists, but has been used with marked success in the Colonies. 
It was mainly the work of two experienced teachers — Mr. R. B. Hayward 
of Harrow and Mr. R Levett of Birmingham — but was circulated in proof 
among the members of the A.I.G.T. for remark, and only published after 
minute and searching criticism. It should have received some better 
recognition than that accorded to it by Oxford and Cambridge, and should 
have been admitted as a successful attempt — possibly to he followed by 
other and still more successful attempts — to get an improved text- book 
of the elements of geometry. 

(iii) The Association should formally pass a resolution insisting on the 
introduction of an intuitional or experimental course of Geometry into 
all schools to prepare for and accompany the present rigidly deductive 

I venture to hope that some official action will be taken on these 
points, and that some of the younger members of the Association with 
whom the future lies will throw themselves heartily into the work. 

Edward M. Langlbt. 


After Professor Perry's stimulating denunciation at Glasgow, many of U8 
must be wondering how far are we really able to mend our ways at public 
schools? What about Army, Navy, and University examinations? We 
wish to produce useful engineers, but we must not be too independent ; 
examination requirements are always urgent. Now it may be admitted 
that the elementary tests imposed by the Universities are quite hopeless. 
On the other hand, both Navy and Army examiners seem to have been 
converted by Professor Perry. 

Again, how are we to fit the new teaching on to the knowledge which the 
boy brings to his public school ? And what will be the practical details of 
the arrangement ? 

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I venture to trespass upon your space with a scheme of work which has 
stood the test of some little experience. We have used it here for the last 
eighteen months, and are not, I think, dissatisfied with it It may be de- 
scribed as a compromise ; but we hope that Professor Perry, in an indulgent 
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Experimental work 
with ruler, compass, 
protractor, ana set 
squares; paper cut- 

EucUd I. 1, to I. 20 
(omitting 2, 8, 7). 
Definitions as re- 
quired. Through- 
out the Geometry 
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metrical drawing 
and exercises in 
measurement to go 
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Euclid I. 27—1. 48; 
part of Book III. 

BucUd III., with the 
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Euclid 11. , and Pro- 
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of Book III. 

Euclid IV., Proposi- 
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in geometrical 

EucUd VI., omitting 
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terest, present worth, dis- 
count, etc.); ratio and per- 

Revision of contracted multi- 
plication and division ; stocks 
and shares. 

Transition from Arithmetic to 
Algebra; negative number and 
its applicaUon to quantity: 
numerical evaluation; use of 
brackets; drill in notation of 
Algebra; addition, subtraction, 
and multiplication, regarded as 
operations with brackets; posi- 
tive integral indices; simplest 
equations and problems. 

Simple numerical equations in one 
variable, to be solved in all cases 
by the use of the four axioms, 
solutions to be verified always; 
symbolical expression ; prob- 
lems; essy factors; rovision of 
Term I. 

Cartesian coordinates ; plotting 
simple graphs; plotting tables 
of statistics; simultaneous simple 
equations illustrated by graphs 
(literal equations to be post- 
poned); problems on simulta- 
neous equations ; easy factors 
and fractions. 

Factors, leading to h.c.f. and 
L.C.M. ; long division ; detached 
coefficients; method for B.c.r. 
when factors aro not obvious; 
harder fractions; manipulation 
of quadratic surds ; grapns. 

Connections between factors and 
equations; quadratic equations 
with problems; reducing d^^roe 
of equation when one root is 

Remainder theorem ; arithmetic 
and geometric progressions, with- 
out formulae ; rano and propor- 

Miscellaneous problems. Indices, so far as needed to intro- 

duce common logarithms ; arith- 
metical problems involving use 
of logarithm tables; variation; 
revision of progressions, intro- 
ducing formulae for same; re- 
curring decimals. 
Numerical trigonometry of the acute angle, using sine, cosine, 
tangent; problems of heights and distances; solution of right- 
angled triangles, at first by natural sines, etc., afterwards by 
lo^uithmic sines, etc ; solution of general triangles by drawing 
perpeudiculars and thus dividing into right-angled triangles. 
Irrational equations; simple cases of sim^taneous quadraties, 
especially such as can be illustrated by graphs; literal equations; 
easy permutations and combinations. 

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After this stage the following work is taken : 

Geometry of the triangle, solid geometry, surfaces and volume of parallelopipeds, tetra- 
hedra, cylinder, cone, sphere ; modern geometry (similar figures, narmonic ranges and 
pencils, inversion, coaxal circles, pole and polar, cross ratio and involution). 

Elementary Trigonometry. 

Elementary Dynamics. 

Binomial theorem for pusitiye integral index; partial fractions; limits and oonvergency; 
general binomial and exponential theorems. 

Vectors and complex quantity. 

Graphs ; asymptotes ; slope of a curve ; area of a curve. 

It should be explained that the amount of time available for this work is, 
roughly, four hours a week, together with preparation. Many boys would 
repeat a term's work ; but the really bright boy is able to take the work as 
it is set down, term by term. Charles Godfrbt. 

Thb Collboe, Winchester, 
Oct,, 1901. 


The course of Mathematics suggested by Professor Perry at the British 
Association " is recommended for training colleges and for boys and girls." 
It may be admirably adapted to the wants of training colleges, but seems 
quite impracticable for public schools, though, as we shall see later, there 
are several suggestions that might well be adopteil. 

Arithmetic, — " Decimals to be used from tne beginning ; the fallacy of 
retaining more figures than are justifiable in calculations involving numbers 
which represent observed or measured quautitit* s. Contracted and approxi- 
mate methods of multiplying and dividing numbers whereby all unnecessary 
figures may be omitteci." This is all admirable in principle, but in practice 
it can be pushed too far ; in using approximate methods too soon there is 
danger of teaching the boy to undervalue accuracy. He says, "this answer is 
only twopence out," but does not consider the ditlerence between being two- 
pence out in a shilling and twopence out in £100 ; and again, he does not 
consider that perhaps his method is wrong, and that this causes the in- 
accuracy. To take a rather exaggerated example : in finding the true 
discount on £100 due in a year at 2 J per cent., a boy perhaps finds the 
interest on £100 for a year, and says that it is less than fifteen pence out. 
It may be answered that true discount is seldom used, but if this mistake is 
not corrected, a wrong impression is made on the boy's mind. Professor 
Perry lays special stress on calculating percentages : surely the first thing is 
to learn on what the percentage is to be taken. Far and away the most 
important thing in using approximate methods is to know to what degree of 
accuracy we are working. This is very diflicult for young boys, and, in 
genera], it is better at first to give them carefully chosen examples in which 
there is no need for approximate work. This enables them to concentrate 
their thoughts on the methods they are using and the meanings of the 
technical terms that occur {e.g. interest, discount, quotation, etc., etc.). Then, 
when they have grasped these, by all means apply approximate methods, 
and point out that " it is dishonest to use more figures than we are sure of." 

"The use of the slide rule" can be taught in a very short time to a boy 
who has had a fairly good school training ; it might perhaps be put. in the 
hands of the older boj^s, but it would be extremely unwise to give it to a 
young boy. 

" Using algebraical formulae in working examples on ratio and variation." 
This suggestion is so startling that one could hardly believe it. On referring, 
however, to Professor Perry's Practical Mathematics we find the following : 
"Compound Proportion. — If 10 labourers dig 150 yards of trench in 6 days of 
12 hours^ how many labourers will dig 356 yardf in 2 days of 9 hours ? If 

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we use I, y, d, and A, we see that the assumption made is 

ti^„^ 1ft 1^ tv i. 5x12x10 . 
Hence 10=a^-^, so that a j^ ^4. 

So that we have the formula ^=4-^ for working any exercise. Thus the 
answer wanted is 

;= 4^5^ =79-11 labourers." 

This sort of method shows entire ignorance of the state of the youthful 
mind. A boy never goes from the general to the particular ; in his 
mind the concrete must always precede the abstract. A young boy learning 
how to tackle an example involving letters, would first be told to take a 
numerical value for each letter in turn, and to consider what he would do 
with the numbers. He would then be led on to deal in the same way with 
the letters ; in fact, Professor Perry's order would be inverted. What would 
he say if we followed Professor Cayley, and taught, first of all, geometry 
of n dimensions, and then descended to the mere particular cases when ?t=2 
or 3 ? This would be quite analogous to the principle proposed above. 

There is no mention of the unitary method. Judgiug from the above 
example in compound proportion, the omission is intentional. There is no 
better training than the solution of problems by unitary method ; its applica- 
tion develops the power of careful thought (as opposed to mere effort of 
memory) more than anything else in arithmetic. All questions on percentages, 
interest, present worth, discount, stocks, etc., are best solved by applymg 
this method to the definitions. Professor Perry would treat all these " as the 
simplest of algebraic exercises." 

Algebra, — "Being told in words how to deal arithmetically with a quantity, 
to be able to state the matter algebraically." This is the method adopted by 
every teacher in his first lessons in algebra, but surely it is a direct contra- 
diction of the principles involved in the method for compound proportion 
quoted above. But why are the " Rules of Indices " put before this natural 
bridge between arithmetic and algebra " ? This part of the course is very 
indefinite. It is difficult to understand exactly what work is included in 
" Practice in algebraic manipulation generally." 

OeoTiieiry, — In introducing his scheme Professor Perry remarked, " I think 
that men who teach demonstrative geometry and orthodox mathematics 
generally are not only destroying what power to think already exists, but are 
producing a dislike, a hatred for all kinds of computation, and therefore for 
all scientific study of nature, and are doing incalculable harm." Yet in the 
actual scheme he says, ** A good teacher will occasionally introduce demon- 
strative proof as well as measurement," and in the advanced course he 
suggests "Demonstrative geometry based upon Euclid." This is rather 
contradictory ; perhaps we may conclude from the last quotation that he wishes 
the subject to be still taught, but wants Euclid to go. The result would be 
chaos ; there would immediately be ten thousand text-books treating the 
subject in ten thousand different orders (compare the text-books on geo- 
metrical conies). Of course they have abandoned Euclid on the Continent 
and in America, but the circumstances are rather different. In England 
between 12 and 14 a boy goes from a preparatory school to a public school. 
This would probably necessitate a change of text-book and consequently a 
change of order of propositions. For some time he would not understand the 
master and the master would not understand him. This is not the case in 
foreign countries, where the schools are largely under State control (the English 
public schools rejoice — rightly or wrongly — in thinking this a long way off 


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for them), and so there is more uniformity : and in Germany, for instance, 
the boy has the same teacher throughout his nine years' course in the 
Gymnasium, Beal^ymnasium or Oberrealschule (which to some extent corre- 
spond to our Pubhc Schools), and his examination, at the end of his course 
tnere, is not for boys of different schools, but is limited to one, so that it 
does not matter what text-book is used so long as its propositions follow one 
another in a logical sequence. 

Considering the complexity of our educational system in England, it 
seems to be essential that we should have a standard order for propositions 
in demonstrative geometry. The only possible chance of any new order being 
l^s^ed to is its adoption by the great examining bodies, such as the Univer- 
sities and the Civil Service Commissioners, and the most hopeful of reformers 
would never hope for that. Why not then be contented with Euclid's order 
(t.e. in proving an^ proposition in Euclid no proposition may be assumed that 
does not precede it*) ? Surely this allows enough latitude for reform. The 
proofs of many propositions miffht be omitted m a first reading, and some 
might be omitted altogether ; tne Third Book (except 35-37) micht be taken 
beK>re the Second ; the Eleventh Book (except Prop. 17) might oe taken at 
any time after the first thirty-three propositions of the First Book. 

The most marked feature of Professor Perry's scheme is the large amount 
of practical work he suggests under the headings of Qeometryy MensurcUiarif 
ana Use of Sqtuired Paper, 

Some such course is adopted in all continental countries. In America they 
have a very long one,t ana some schools in England are doing work of that 
character, but it is not general, and there is not enough of it in any of the 
preparatory and public schools. It would be well for every boy to go through 
such a course with his mathematical master (the science masters do some- 
thing of the kind in practical physics, but it cannot, in this case, be inter- 
woven with the mathematics, and so loses much of its value). The majority 
of the work proposed can be done in an ordinary classroom, each boy being 
provided witn a good set of mathematical instruments (including ruler, 
compasses, set squares, and protractor) and a pair of scissors. Work in which 
weighing is necessary must be done in a laboratory (it might perhaps be 
found necessary for this to be done by the science masters, but in any case it 
should run hand in hand with the mathematical teaching^. 

Mathematical masters must feel some diffidence in criticising the details 
of the work proposed, for though many of them have done practical work in 
physics, vet as a rule they have not much first-hand experience of how this work 
18 done by boys ; nevertheless one may venture to note two points in the 
scheme. (1) The Mensuration work consists very largely of verification ojf rules 
for areas and volumes ; it may be a mere matter of language, but is it not 
preferable, if we must have rules, that the work should be invention of rules? 
(2) Considering the extraordinary slowness with which boys do practical 
work of this type, the amount proposed seems rather large for an elementary 
course (a young boy could hardly be expected to use a planimeter with 
advantage or bother his head with formulae for the volume and surface of a 
ring). Possibly the pace would increase when a really good course of simple 
measurement was started before demonstrative geometry (instead of after, as 
is too often the case at present). 

I need hardly point out that Professor Perry seems to have arranged his 
scheme purely for the sake of enabling the boy to attain a certain mechanical 

* See reports of the Cambridge Mathematical Board and the Oxford Board of Natural 

fl have not been able, in the limited time I have had for writing this article, to 
ascertain when this course begins — certainly demonstrative geometry is not begun till 
the age of IG or 17. Further information can be obtained from D. E. Smith's 
Teiiching of Elementary Mathematics. 

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power (which, being mechanical, would soon rust unless constantly used). No 
thouffht is given to the development of brain power ; in fact such a scheme 
would deaden all power of thinking.* The man it would produce might have 
a fair power of applying a formula, but would not be able to invent one, and 
any problem that was not of the stereotyped kind he could never attack with 
the slightest hope of success. 

So far we have chiefly looked at the faults of Professor Perrv*s scheme. 
Let us briefly consider a few of his suggestions that could be adopted with 

'* The use of rough checks in arithmetical work, especially with regard to 
the position of the decimal point" might be more generally applied than at 
present. Too much stress cannot be laid on the vcdue of the use of squared 
paper for mapping statistics, finding areas, solving equations, etc., etc. There 
IS no doubt that its cost has, in the past, prevented it being used in teaching 
mathematics, but now that it ia quite cheap it should be used freely. The 
practical geometry course should commence sometime before Euclid is begun, 
and continue side by side with it. The early introduction of trigonometrical 
ratios and problems in heights and distances would, with squan^i paper and 
experimental geometry, add a very real interest to our mathematical teaching. 

No attempt has been made in the above to draw up a scheme for this new 
work (if we may call it so). There are many practical details to be considered.* 
It would be of great value if masters would, through the Mathematical 
Gazette, let other masters know the result of an^ experiments they make in 
improving the teaching of elementary mathematics. 

Professor Perry goes on to give an advanced course. This I have left alone, 
though it is (juite possible to modify the work in our middle and lower 
forms. Examinations compel us at present to teach on somewhat orthodox 
lines in higher forms, but if the reform is started where feasible, may it 
not in time become possible even in higher forms to make our methods 
more modern ? 

One noteworthy remark Professor Perry makes : — "A good teacher must 
understand that no examination made by anyone other than himself can be 
framed which will properly test the result of his teaching.'' This principle 
is already observed in the high schools of Germany. A. W. Siddons. 



103. [!>• 6. b,] Note on the Logarithmic Series, 
From the exponential series, if u is positive, 

hence u>\og{\-{- u\ 

where u=t^—. so that v is positive and < 1. 
1 -»' 

Again, €•<——, from the series, so that log- >v. 

1*— V I —V 

1 - 1 

Let 1 - w=(l -xY, so that 0<x< 1, and t; = l -(1 -a)". 

*Mr. Hurst has written to Nature (Feb. 14th 1901) and Mr. Eggar to the School 
World (Oct. 1901) on the subject. 

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Thus - log _1_<L_(L^, but > 1 - (1 - ^)-, 

or log Y-3-<n[(l - j7)~»- 1], but >n[l -(1 -a?)"]. 

Now, by the Binomial Theorem, 

^[(1 -^)-i--i]=^+Ll^:^+!i^^^^ say ; 

Let C=A'+i:ra+Ja:5+.... 

Then i4>C'>2?, 

and ^>logY^>2?. 

But J/^=(l--:r)"», 

which can be made as near to 1 as we please by taking 7i great enough. 
Hence it must be true that 

log^=C=a: + ir2 + K+.-. 

This holds when 0<j;<l. Writing x^ for x we have 

Hence, by subtraction, 

which therefore holds when -1<j:<1.* 

Again, write - for v in the above. Thus 

log r< =- and >-. 

^n-l n-l n 

Let Sn denote the sum to n terms of the series 

■ ^(l-,»g.).(l-log?)*....(l-H^)...., 

* The above proof of the logarithmic series holds only when x is real. We see however 
that when x is positive the sum of the series A-C, which consists of positive terms, 
tends to the limit zero as n increases. This will therefore also hold when x is complex, 
and thus in any case when I x [ < 1, 

(7=Lim n [(1 - x^n - ij 

=a value of log - — , 

but which value is to be taken has to be decided by considerations of oontiiioity. 

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which is absolutely convergent, since its n^ term is numerically less than 

—--1. Then 
n- 1 n 

By subtraction, 

But S^-8n diminishes without limit as n increases, being in fact numeri- 
cally <--, and therefore 

log2=Lim(l-i+l-l + ....l). 

Similarly log3 = l+J-§ + J+}-f + HJ-f + -, 

and so on. A. C. Dixox. 


. Die partiellen Differential-Gleidiaiigen der mathematiBchen Physik. 

Nach Kiemann's Vorlesungen in vierter Auflage neu bearbeitet von Heiniucu 
Webeb. Zweiter Band. Pp. xii., 528 (Braunschweig : Vieweg u. Sohn, 1901). 

After an introductory section devoted to the hypergeometric series, Riemann's 
P-function, and the ordinary linear differential equation of the second order, 
Professor Weber deals in succession with the conduction of heat, elasticity, 
electric yibrations, and hydrodynamics. The English reader will here find him- 
self, for the most part, on famiUar ground, and may be excused if he reflects with 
some satisfaction that in this reeion at any rate his countrymen have done their 
full share both in discovery and in exposition. The general plan of the work 
(now complete) has been carried out with consistency and success, and the result 
cannot fail to prove very serviceable, not as a treatise on mathematical physics 
(which it does not profess to be), but rather as a guide to the spirit and metnods 
of those parts of modem analysis which are most important in dealing witii 
physical problems. By an attentive study of this treatise the student of physics 
will obtain a working knowledge of the Fourier analysis, spherical harmonics, 
Bessel functions, vector calculus, and the theory of the potential ; all Mrith direct 
reference to definite physical problems. Besides this, the variety of subjects 
dealt with tends to bring out the analogy and correspondence between different 
branches of applied mathematics which so often proves helpfully suggestive. 
Finally, it is in a certain sense advantageous to have the fundamental ^ts and 
assumptions of mathematical physics laid down in a clear-cut analytical form : 
this enables us to realise precisely the value of our analysis as an interpretation 
of Nature, and rightly used, is of service to the experimentalist, by suggesting 
definite lines of research, and by saving him misdirected and unprofitable labour. 

The sections of this volume which will probably be found most interesting by 
experts are those on electric vibrations ana on the motion of a eas. In the first 
of these Professor Weber discusses Maxwell's equations, and investigates in 
considerable detail the propagation of current alon^ a wire and the electric 
oscillations of a spherical conductor surrounded by a dielectric. In the section on 
the motion of a gas we have an exposition of Riemann's theory of discontinuous 
motion, which, it will be remembered, has been criticised by Lord Rayleigh as 
being inconsistent with the principle of energy. Professor Weber's answer to 

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the objection is that Riemann's analysis leads to a result which, in its ^^eral 
form, implies the existence of impulsive waves of condensation and rarefaction ; it 
is only waves of the latter kind which violate the principle of energy, so that 
Riemann's investigation appears to be unobjectionable so far as impulsive condensa- 
tion is concerned. The case is somewhat analogous to problems in potential, etc., 
where a differential equation supplies us with two independent f unotioDs, one of 
which has to be rejected from physical considerations. 6. B. Mathbws. 

The Proceedings of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society (Session 

1900-1901). YoL XIX. contains fifteen papers by various members of the Society.. 
The most interesting is a note by Mr. David Mair, who proves in a very simple 
way that the nth root of a prime number cannot be the root of an equation of 
degree less than n with rational coefficients. Attention may be called to Mr» 
Garslaw's paper on the oblique incidence of a train of plane waves on a semi- 
infinite plane. G. B. Mathews. 

The Teaching of Mathematics in the Higher Schook of Pmssia. By 

J. W. A. YoUNO. Pp. xiv., 141. 2s. 6d. net. 1901. (Longmans.) 

The title of this little book should ensure it a good circulation among our 
Association, founded as it was for the improvement of geometrical teaching, and 
enlarged to the wider scope iodicated by its present name. But while mathe- 
matical teaching is the principal object of Dr. Young's investigations, it is by no 
means the only one. The general status of the higher schools, their relation to 
the (rovemment, the position and emoluments of teachers, and their influence 
on mathematical as on other teachiog, examinations, are all dealt with thoroughly. 
It should be studied carefully by all who profess to have any opinions on educa- 
tion, and especially by the governors of our public schools. 

Those familiar only with the traditional nature of the appointments in English 
schools would find matter for reflection in the fact that it has been found possible 
to secure marked and peculiar success by methods entirely different. They will 
not, perhaps, be surprised to find that in a nation so distinguished for scientific 
discipline as the Germans, it is considered necessary for a man to prepare himself 
seriously for his life's work. Indeed there have been those in England, and some 
head masters among them, who have thought that preparation and training were 
as necessary to a schoolmaster as to a dentist. But it will possibly come as a 
surprise to many to find that in Germany teachers in secondary schools are valued 
civu servants; that while their salaries are moderate they are relatively con- 
siderable, beinc on the same scale as those for judges ; that marked deference is 
paid to age and experience, responsible posts being usually allotted to eldesly men 
(the market value of a German teacher increasing as he gets older!) ; that security 
of tenure seems to produce none of the bad effects that have been predicted for it ; 
and that there is a State pension for every teacher on his retirement. The last 
two considerations may well make teachers in English schools envy the position 
of their German brethren, who can work steadily in their profession ana give a 
life's devotion to it, secure that they will not be turned off at forty to get their 
living by tomato-growing. Turning to the more immediate subject of investiga- 
tion, full particulars as to the hours allotted to Mathematics in various kinds of 
schools, and in their yarious classes, are supplied in a tabular form. The 
specimens of final examination papers siven seem to be of a searching character, 
and suited, not only for testing a candidate's acquaintance with theory, but his 
power of applying theory to numerical calculation. Some model lessons are also 
given ; they are well worth the study of those who have to teach the elements of 
any mathematical subject, but do not appear to differ from those which pains- 
taking teachers in this country, who have taken the trouble to learn their craft, 
have been in the habit of giving. Few teachers, we hope, nowadays, think 
that ordinary boys can learn Bdathematics by reading text-books or by tho 
mere settine and marking of examples. On the other hand we share the doubts, 
which Dr. Young seems to have, as to whether the opposite plan of depending 
simply on oral instruction is not carried to too great lengths in German schoolsy 
and we are inclined to think that a bov should, by the age of 14 or 15, be f;etting 
into the habit of reading a text-book intelligently, and studying on his own 
acconnt. In conclusion, we wish the book the wide circulation which its subject 
deserves and its prioe renders possible. £. M. Langlbt. 

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Geometrical Exerdses from Nixon's "Eadid Revised," with Solutions. 
By A. Labmob, M.A. F|>. vi., 170. Ss. 6d. 1901. (Clarendon Press. ) 

From its first appearance Nixon's Eudid Reuiaed has held a place of honour on 
the mathematicar Dookshelf. Not only did it present certain very novel and 
striking features which were entirely due to its talented author, but it embodied 
to a lari^e extent the revolutionary ideas of the A.I.G.T. ; it discarded the ** Pons 
Asinorum," suppressed useless propositions, and generally shed both sweetness 
and light upon the dust-encrusted text. To those who, more or less unwisely, 
neglected to look at their Euclid until the night before an examination it proved 
a veritable boon, for by its aid the foolish virgin could run through the whole 
subject in a few hours. The presentation of the various proofs m a kind of 
" concentrated tabloid '* form proved most attractive. Its various Addenda con- 
tained full demonstrations of those standard theorems which are intimately 
connected with the text — then only to be found in McDowell's Exercises and in 
Casey's Sequel. In addition to this, about nine hundred unsolved riders were 
proposed, forming on the whole a very complete geometrical armoury. 

The present volume contains what we may be permitted to call "miniature" 
solutions of these riders. We learn from the pre&ce that they were undertaken 
at the request of Mr. Nixon, who placed at the disposal of the author a large 
collection of material which he himself had accumulated towards this object 
before he was overtaken by ill-health. The raison d'Stre of the book is very well 
set forth : — " In Geometry more independent initiative is demanded, while the 
directness of the argument and the compactness and elegance of the solution pro- 
vide a vigorous mental stimulus." 

Of the compactness and elegance of the solutions here set forth there can be no 
possible manner of doubt. Perhaps in some cases the beginner might justifiably 
ask for a little more light, although in the latter portions the proofs are relatively 
fuller. Enunciations are given in large type, so that the volume is complete in 
itself. But in all cases the reader est pr%6 defaire la figure. After the beginner 
has proceeded some little way in Euclid's text and is confronted with some easy 
theorem of this sort (say) — '* the joins of the mid points of the sides of a quadrila- 
teral form a parallelogram" — he has to exercise for the first time a certain 
ibtuition as to the shortest and most effective plan of campaign. Later, after 
much practice and after many failures, this power of intuition becomes much 
strengthened, and the student finally attains what Jacobi called *'gliickliche 
Divination." But, where and when the path he is treading seems to lead over 
difiicnlt or impassable ground, he must nave recourse to the services of a trusty 

Slide to assist, warn, and instruct him on his way. He must grasp the fact that 
e work done by Euclid two hundred years B.C. is to-day as rigid and useful as 
ever it was; and also that if on the one hand there is no "royal road" in 
Geometry, on the other there are no steps to be retraced. One important 
stimulus in Geometry is the discovery of the value of transformations. Take, 
for instance* the Similitude theorem : — " Given two triangles whose sides are 
parallel, then the joins of corresponding points are coUinear" — which is per- 
fectly clear from the Sixth Book. Reciprocate it, and it leads to the fundamental 
theorem of Perspective. Project it, and it leads to the conception of parallel 
straight lines meeting on the line at infinity. 

But to proceed to details. 

No. 22, p. 23, and No. 30, p. 24.— If AXB be a right angle, and X either the 
mid point of ^B or the foot of the perpendicular from JC on ^^, we have in both 
cases the relation AP.PB- XP*, It therefore follows that if A BCD be a cyclic 
quadrilateral whose diagonals intersect in X, then the mid points of the sides and 
tne feet of the perpendiculars from X on the sides are eight points all lying on the 
circular locus OP^-\-XP^= OA^, where is the centre of the circle ABOD. Also 
the quadrilateral formed by joining these feet is noticeable as possibly the simplest 
instance of a quadrilateral circumscribed to one circle and inscribed to another. 

No. 54, p. 69. — It is unnecessary to employ three cyclic quadrilaterals. By 

A A 

construction ABXQ is cyclic ; hence BXP=A=BGPt and BCXP is also cyclic. 

No. 52, p. 152. — Another method of constructing a triangle of given species with 
its vertices on three given concentric circles may be noticed. Let ABC be any 
triangle of the given species ; r,, r,, r,, the radii of the circles centre O. Describe 
a triangle OaP, having its sides Oo=ri, aP={hla)r^, PO={cla)r^, Upon eithet- 

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side of OP describe a triangle POy, similar to A BC, and upon 07 describe a tri- 
angle a^ directly similar to POy. Then a/37 ^ ^^^ triangle required. 

In the solution of No. 74, p. 11, it is shown that the theorem that "bisectors of 
the internal angles of a quadrilateral form a quadrilateral whose opposite angles 
are supplementory " is not always true. Beginners are always apt to draw their 
angles acute-angled and their quadrilaterals equilateral, leaving some vaguely 
apprehended ^neral principle of continuity to do the rest, fiut the teacher 
should always insist on a detailed examination of the possibilities of the figure. 
Take the simplest instance : if the angle APB=AQB, then APQB is cyclic only 
in the case when P, Q are on the same side of AB, Quite recently our Editor has 
elsew^here drawn attention to the fact that if the external bisectors of two angles 
of a triansle are equal, it does not necessarily follow that the triangle is isosceles. 

In conclusion, we may make special mention of the elegance of the solutions of 
Nos. 31, p. 58 ; 67, p. 133 ; 109, p. 167 ; 59, p. 155. All solutions involving in- 
versions are very satisfactorily done, and will repay careful study. We have also 
read with pleasure those relating to the contact of circles. 

To pp. 111-119 attaches a somewhat melancholy interest. In the middle 
eighties keen enthusiasm was evoked by the New Geometry of the Triangle. 
Abroad Lemoine, Brocard, d'Ocagne, Neuberg, Vinri^, and at home Tucker, 
Taylor, Case^, and Simmons, vied with one another in developing new properties. 
Has all this interesting work failed to make any permanent mark on the Geometry 
of to-day ? Perhaps the swing of the pendulum may again bring in something 
more interesting to geometricians than the factorisation of high integers. Let us 
hope that an attractive and informing work like this volume of solutions may 
prove the starting point for fresh geometrical development, by giving a stimulus 
to some dormant geometrical instinct. R. F. Davis. 

(1) Premiers Prmcipes de GMom^trie Modeme. By E Duporcq. Pp. vii., 
160. 3fr. 1899. (Gauthier- Villars. ) 

(2) me "Junior" Euclid, Books IH. and IV. By 8. W. Finn. Pp. 

vi., 144-344. 2s. 1901. (Clarendon Press.) 

(3) Plane and Solid Geometry. By A. Schultzb and F. L. Sevenoak. 
Pp. xii., 370. 6s. 1901. (Macmillan.) 

(4) Elementary Geometry, Plane and Solid. By Thomas F. Holoatb. 
Pp. xU., 440. 6s. 1901. (Macmillan.) 

(5) Famous Geometrical Theorems and Problems, with their History. 
By W. W. Rupert. Four Parts. Parts I. and II. Pp. 58. Ten cents each 
part. 1900. (Heath, Isbister.) 

(6) On Teaching Geometry. By Florence Milner. Pp. 18. Ten cents. 
1901. (Heath, Boston.) 

(7) Euclid I.-IV., VL, XI. By C. Smith and Sophie Bryant. Pp. viii., 
460. 4s. 6d. 1901. (Macmillan.) 

(8) Euclid I. and 11. By T. Varlby. Pp. iv., 151. Second Edition. Is. 
1901. (Allman.) 

(9) Deductions in Euclid. By T. W. Edmondson. Pp. 206. 28. 6d. 1901. 

(10) Elements de GMom^trie. Par F. J. Pp. xiL, 523. 3 fr. 60 c. 1900. 

(11) Le^ns de G^m^trie El^mentaare. Vol. II. (G^om^trie dans 
I'espace.) By J. Hadamard. Pp. xxii., 582. 10 fr. 1901. (Armand Colin.) 

(12) Essai sur les fondements de la GMom^trie. By B. A. W. Russkll 

(translated by A. Cadbnat). Pp. x., 274. 1901. (Gauthier- Villars.) 

(13) Les Prindpes Fondamentauz de la GMom^trie. By D. Hilbert 

(translated by L. Lauobl). Pp.114. 1900. (Ganthier • Villars. ) 

(14) Traits de GMom^trie Descriptive. By J. ds la Goitrnerie. In. 4. 
In three carts, each with Atlas, 1891, 1880, 1901. Editions, 3rd, 2nd, and 3rd 
respectively. 10 frs. each part (Gauthier- Villars. ) 

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(1) In his introduction the author laments the tendency of the ordinary official 
coarse to extend the study of analytical geometry at the expense of Geometry 
proper. " It seems to me that the study of the works of Poncelet, Chasles, and 
Laguerre would contribute more than an examination of the different methods of 
discussing the equation in ^ to develop the geometrical sense, which after all 
is the principal aim of the study of Mathematics.'' (We cannot follow M. 
Duporcq all the way in the last statement.) He has therefore set himself the 
task of making the geometric point of view as attractive as possible to the 
student, forced by the iron laws of a State *' programme" to spend the greater 
part of his time in the uncongenial regions of analysis. This task he has accom- 
plished with considerable success. 

The wonderful fertility of modem geometry is due to the introduction of the 
idea of transformation, by means of which, from a single proposition, we can 
deduce a number of propositions distinct from the original. These transforma- 
tions, moreover, may be successive. Double reciprocation is common enough. 
The Bev. T. C. Simmons developed the properties of harmonic polygons by 
reciprocations followed by orthogonal projections. Mr. C. £. M*Vicker has in 
these pages combined inversions with subsequent reflexions. 

Poncekt's principle of continuity, extending the generality of algebraical 
language to geometry, serves the author as a point de depart. He then gives, in 
its most general form, the idea of transformation, throwing into bold relief the 
notion of contact transformation. The simplest transformations are those which 
transform points into points and lines into lines, and are respectively called 
ponctuel and homograpbic. After dealing with homographic divisions, pencils, 
etc , M. Duporcq proceeds to dwell on those transformations in which to a point 
there corresponds a line, and not another point. The simplest of these dualistic 
transfoimations is that in which to collinear points correspond concurrent lines. 
This doctrine of correlcUion naturally follows tnat of homograpbic transformation. 
Now, since homography leaves undisturbed the order of an algebraic curve or 
surface, and correlation transforms order into class, we see that any application 
of either to a conic or a quadric will give us properties connected with other 
conies or quadrics. The value, therefore, of these transformations in the theory 
of curves and surfaces is obvious. The last chapter deals with various other 
geometrical transformations, and in particular with inversions — ** transformation 
par rayons vecteurs r^iproqnes," and on those quadratic transformations of 
which inversion is only a particular case. The author then introduces us to Lie's 
transformations, in which lines are replaced by spheres. So much for the 
doctrine. As for the applications, the fourth and fifth chapters present in a 
really elegant and concise manner the principal properties of conies and quadrics : 
the conic, the range or pencil of conies, conies harmonically circumscribed or 
apolar to a conic, and so on. As a study in logical order, these chapters should 
make a marked impression on the mind ol the student. 

Those who have read Miss Scott's articles in recent numbers of the Gazette will 
hardly accept the following statement: "Le point . . . ne repr^ente rien de 
g^mltrique, lorsqu'il est imaginaire, pas plus qu'une surface k coefficients 
imaginaires, le t^tra^dre de r^f&ence ^tant suppose r^el." This is enough to 
make von Staudt turn in his grave ! There is a misprint of (80) for (86) in the 
note at the foot of p. 107. We notice that the theory of inversion is ascribed to 
Bella vitis (1836). Bellavitis was the first to make a general statement of the 
method, but the principle of inversion is traced as far back as Ptolemy by 
Chasles {Rapport Hist., pp. 140-2), and according to Dr. C. Taylor, Quetelet was 
acquainted with it in 1827. Mailer's German-French Mathematischea Vokabu- 
larium gives Cramer, 1750, and Magnus, 1832. Who was this Magnus ? Can it 
be the Professor of Chemistry at Berlin (1802 1870) ? No '< Magnus " appears in 
the histories of Rouse Ball or Fink. But a " Magnus " wrote on Die Ahweichung 
der OeschoMe in 1852. If they are the same, he must have been a very Helmholtz 
for versatility. 

(2) Mr. Finn's edition of Enc. III., IV. is on the lines of the corresponding 
edition of Books I., II. He draws special attention to his treatment of the 
identical equality of two triangles, which consists in having a separate picture of 
the triangles, the sides and angles bearing characteristic marks denoting the 
three equalities which enable the student to apply the results of Euc I. 4, 8, 26. 

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In most of the figures further aasistanoe is given to the student by drawing the 
lines of the data thicker than those of the construction. The Geometnr of the 
Triangle is not neglected, and on p. 303 is a figure rarely to be found in our 
text-books — ^the nine point circle in contact with the in- and ex-oiroles. There 
is no mention of Waliaoe's claim to be considered the discoverer of the pedal 
line, the theorem in connection with which " is attributed to Robert Simpson." 
Inversion is just touched on in two pages, but poles and polars, radical axes, 
coaxal circles, etc., receive fuller treatment. The introduction to Book IV. ia 
likely to prove useful, and the sections on Maxima and Minima and the doctrine 
of limits will be found adequate for the purposes of the pupil at this stase of hit 
work. In addition to the various riders appended to the propositions there is a 
collection of easy and carefully graduated riders from Cambridge and Oxford 
local papers and other sources. 

Mr. Finn has not hesitated, where experience has shown it desirable, to divide 
into ^arts with separate figures propositions such as IH. 7, 8, 31, etc., and he has 
also included in ttie text the converse of HI. 21, 22, 32, 35, 36. The ^oung 
teacher will find much that is useful to him in the exercise of his craft in the 
pages of this edition of Euclid's Elements. 

(3) In general plan and order of treatment the work of Messrs. Schultze and 
Sevenoak does not seem to differ essentiallv from other American Geometries. 
But it is especially remarkable for the deliberate attempt that is made by the 
authors to induce the student to think for himself. For instance, in the pro- 
positions the whole of the demoDstration is not necessarily given, a hint as to the 
line of proof to be taken being often considered just enough to set the pupil on 
his roaa to the goal. Thus, in a very systematic manner the student is mtro- 
duced into the mysteries of the ''rider.* Algebraical language is used without 
stint in dealing with proportion, and of course in the sections on Arithmetical 
Geometry. In the section on Regular Polygons the authors show that the 
circumference of a circle is less than the perimeter of any enveloping line, and 
that too by a method, the validity of which is not obvious. About 135 pases are 
devoted to solid and elementary spherical geometry. The diagrams m this 
division of the book are the best we have seen in any text-book. The prefatory 
hints to teachers contain several suggestions that ma^ be found useful to those 
whose experience is small. The difficulty felt by bennners in remembering the 
data and the hypothesis is met by the use of coloured crayons and other graphio 

We have noticed a few slips, such as the following : In the list of symbols and 
abbreviations that for "is greater than" is wrong; and the small ''s" inside 
^ A» or Q is trying to the eyes and more difficult to make when writing fast 
than if attached outside. A Scholium is defined as a remark, but §§81, & are 
headed respectively by the two terms as if a Remark were not quite the same 
thing as a Scholium. A circle is defined as a portion of a plane, etc., and we are 
asked to circumscribe a circle about a triangle. The solutions of the quadratic, 
p. 222, line 2, is incorrect ; in the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th lines b and a should be 
mtercbanged, and the "construction" suffers accordingly. 

(4) Professor Holgate covers exactly the same ground as Messrs. Schnltze and 
Sevenoak, but treats the subject rather more fully. Aft^r the introductory 
chapter the pupil familiarises himself with the use of the ruler and compasses, 
and is thus *' introduced to the idea of a formal proof in connection with matters 
which he clearly sees need proving." ^s in every day life the circle is never 
thought of as a portion of a plane ; it is considered throughout the book as a 
particular kind of line, just as the polygon is a Qpire made up of points and lines. 
The aim of the authors of these books is to cultivate the geometric sense and tiie 
acquisition of geometric knowledge. To these aims logical reasoning and 
rhetorical demonstration are held as quite secondary objects. The exercises are 
in all cases well selected, and are intended to be worked through in the order in 
which they come, that is to say, they are an integral P&rt of the text. Here in 
England it is difficult to say whether a course of Geometry, such as is here 
indicated, attains the result desired. It should be worth while to have an 
experimental class in some of our larger schools, but it should be in charge of a 
young enthusiast who is not enamoured of Euclidean methods. There is na 
doubt that a very much laiger amount of geometric knowledge can be acquired 

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in a very mach shorter time ; and in the case of boys who leave school at an early 
age, the advantage of having worked through a book ooverinff this ground in the 
time they nsnaUy take to "learn'' foar books of Euolid, is oDvioas. The 
essential qnestion is, will the pupil have the eeometric sense in a higher stage of 
development alter such a course than if he had taken up Euolid, or will he assert 
with vicious warmth that Euolid or Schultze was a " beast who wrote books for 
the third and fourth forms "? 

(5) We have received from Messrs. Isbister the first two parts of Mr. Rupert's 
monograph. They contain five proofs that the sum of the three angles of every 
plane triangle are together equal to two right angles, 26 proofs of Euc. I. 47, and 
a chapter on the value of w, half of whioh is taken up with extracts from De 
Morgan's Budget of Paradoxes. 

(6) The aim of Miss Milner's well-meaning little pamphlet may be described as 
the apotheosis of the syllogism. If this (the syllogistic) *' method be used in con- 
ventional and formal demonstration, it becomes of the greatest value in original 
work." With this bold statement we cannot entirely a^ee, and, in addition, we 
might observe that the method has the disadvantage of giving the average student 
a distaste for the subject in its elementary stages. 

(7) We have looked forward with much interest to the completion of this School 
edition of Euclid, partly because the authors are distinguished members of what 
was once the A.I.6.T. and partly because each has undeniable claims on the 
respect and attention of mathematical teachers in this country. Place aux damtn ! 
Mrs. Bryant ranks with another member of our Association — Miss Dorothea 
Beale — as the most prominent of our head-mistresses, but she has made a reputa- 
tion in more fields than one. She is a logician as well as a mathematician, a 
leader of no mean repute in ethics as well as in pedagogy. As for the Master of 
Sidney, is not his name a household word as the author of works on Arithmetic, 
Algebra, and Conies? From such collaboration we have therefore a right to 
expect something of the best, and we are not disappointed. How then is this 
edition distinguished from the multitudinous rivals in the market at the present 
moment? To Euclid's "order and manner" the authors rigorously adhere, but 
are animated by no spirit of slavish devotion to the doctrine of verbal inspiration, 
which they lament has not yet disappeared from some of our schools. And as for 
the pupil, it should be "considered distinctly meritorious to depart from the 
exact words of text-book or teacher, provided that a sound proof is given." With 
reeard to the qnestion of references, raised in vain in the Oazette by Mr. Siddons 
(No, 27, p. 58), the authors point out "that these references are given for the con- 
venience of the learner, to show him where to look for some knowledge he may have 
forgotten. Examiners stand in no need of such help, and by no means wish to 
impose on the memory of the students the heavy and useless burden of learning 
how to give accurately numbered references. ..." Remarks such as these serve 
to show the eminently sane manner in which the authors approach their subject. 

In the First Book we find that no alternative proofs are given for l^ops. v. and 
vi., because "experience . . . appears to show that the average beginner finds 
Euclid's proofs easier to understand— or at any rate easier to reproduce — than the 
alternatives that have been suggested." We wonder if there is really any solid 
ground for this contention. It would seem impossible that anything could be 
simpler than the proof by superposition. As far as the experience of examiners 
goes, it may well be that the weaker vessels have been invariably taught what 
seemed to their teachers the easier method of proof, and that after the manner of 
their kind they distinguished themselves under the stress of the examination 
room. We note that the ordinary "proof" of Prop. xxiv. has disappeared, and 
that in Prop. xxii. it is shown that the circles must intersect. The common 
ambiguity in the use of the term " circle " is pointed out. Simeon's enunciationa 
of xviii. and xix. are rejected, useful notes are added to Props, xxxv., xliv., xlvi., 
xlvii. To Prop. xii. is added a proof that all right angles are equal ; Prop. B. is 
a necessary addition to Prop. xxvi. ; and "to describe a triangle equal to a given 
rectilineal figure" is given with Prop. xlv. from Thomas Simpson's Geometry. 
There is a good collection of worked-ont theorems and problems, including a nice 
group of fifteen properties connected with squares described on the sides of any 
triangle. That the rectangle contained by the sum and difierence of two straight 

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lines is equal to the difference of the squares on the lines is shown in the note to 
II. vi., and independently, after Props, ix. and x. To produce a eiven straight 
line so that the rectangle contained by the whole line thus produced and the part 
produced may be equal to a given square, is also given a place in Book U. 
JLardner's proofs of II. xii., xiii., as an extension of I. xlvii., are wisely given as 
alternatives. They are to be found in no other modern text-book, and the authors 
rightly claim that they show directly the equality of the figures and are more 
instructive than Euclid's proofs. There is a set of seventeen easy exercises on 
the figure of II. xi. The treatment of Book II. is most successful, but we think 
that it might have been left to the teacher to decide when a boy is to be per- 
mitted to write AE^ for the sq. on AB, or AB . CD for the rect. AB^ CD, 

In Book III. the more notable changes are the proofs of Props, ix. and x., and 
the departure from the Euclidean method of treating the contact of circles. 
Props. xxvi.-xxix. are proved by superposition. Adequate attention is drawn to 
the relation between properties of tangents and properties of secants, and to the 
properties of intersecting and touching circles, in Book IV. we may notice the 
notes on Prop. x. as very instructive. 

Under the title '* Theory of Proportion'' we have Euclid's test applied to six 
cases. Book VI. is followed by the usual collection of theorems in similitude, 
maxima and minima, inversion, etc. At the end of Book XI. are sections dealing 
with the more elementary properties of the sphere and tetrahedron. More examples 
might have been set on the "isosceles" tetrahedron, which lends itself very 
refulily to investigation, and which we have found students delight in for their 
first and innocent experiments in original research. The authors have done well 
in making the pupil familiar with the names of geometers. There are a few lines 
on Euclid and his work, and we could wish that space had been found for more in 
the shape of biographical notes. We extend to the authors our hearty con- 
gratulations on the addition of a valuable and instructive text-book to the 
mathematical literature of our schools, an addition which we feel sure will attain 
a deservedly large measure of success. 

(8) Mr. Varley's Euclid I. and II. has reached a second edition. Evidently 
some teachers find that beginners get on better when confronted with : — General 
enunciation, Specific ditto, (a) what is given, (6) what we want to do, or prove, 
how to do it or prove it. Where alternative proofs are given, the older proofs are 
in the text or in the appendix. Axiom xii. becomes Prop. 28a. The exercises and 
riders are carefully graduated, and a few additional propositions are worked out 
in fulL A well-thought-out book for the beginner. 

(9) Mr. Edmondson's book of deductions from the first four books of Euclid is 
evidently meant for the private student who takes such an examination as the 
London Matriculation. It is neatly and clearly printed, and most of the diagrams 
are very well drawn. That on p. 17 is incorrect, for CD is not the shortest side. 
The average reader will, we should think, find many of the demonstrations proved 
in even too much detail. But for the class for whom such a book is necessary this 
is erring on the right side. 

(10) The Fr^ts des J^coles Chr^iennes have well deserved their success as 
teachers, and French educational literature would be the poorer if the publica- 
tions of this body were withdrawn from circulation. Of those publications the 
best are those devoted to Mathematics, and of these again, the best are the book 
under notice, and its complement, the corresponding Livre du Matire, entitled 
Bxercicea de G4omitrie, The *' Sl^ments " covers the ordinary ground of a French 
Geometry : Plane and Solid Geometry, and the "usual curves,"' t.e. the parabola, 
ellipse, hyperbola, and the helix. But the api>endix of some two hundred pages 
takes the student much wider afield. In adtUtion to poles and polars, inversion, 
directly and inversely similar figures, and the like, he is introduced to the modem 
geometry of the triangle, to surfaces of the second degree, to the heliooid, spirals, 
the cycloid and epicycloid, and the catenary. Guldin's theorems, areas and 
volumes, rules such as Simpson's rule, are discussed and applied to cases 
such as arise in the construction of bridges, tunnels, canals, etc. About a 
thousand theorems and problems are worked out in full, and as many more are 
set for solution. And all this for 3 fr. 50 c. The teacher who has the Livre du 
Mattre will have therein the full solutions of over 2500 questions, of which nearly 

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300 are on the modem geometry of the triangle. As a mine of questions thia 
collection will be difficolt to beat. Both books are in thick boards, and will stand 
hard wear. 

(11) This is the sequel to the Lemons de O^onUirie Plant published in the course 
of elementary text-lM>oks edited by M. Darboux, the well-known Dean of the 
FacttiU dts Scitnces de Paris, whose name needs no commendation to English 
mathematicians. And this volume is worthy of its place in a series which 
numbers among its contributors men like Messrs. Jules Tannery, Tisserand, and 
Andoyer. Although written expressly for students who propose to take the 
"baccalaureat," it does not merely confine itself to that programme, but may be 
taken as a complete exposition of elementary modem geometry. To this state- 
ment there is but one exception, the author does not deal with the conception of 
imaginaries. Among the novelties of treatment we notice a very pretty proof of 
Euler's theorem on polyhedra, in which, by the introduction of the idea of '* order 
of connection," the author claims to hav% obtained the simplest existing proof, 
du moins parmi lea demonstrations correcies {on sait qu'il en existe heaucoup 
d*autres). He also ingeniously applies the theory of groups to the proof of the 
existence of regular polyhedra, introducing in particular ** Pimportante notion de 
domaine fondamentale." A remarkable note on the solubili^ of problems in 
Geometry is based on the researches of MM. Giacomini, Uastelnuovo, and 
Enriqnes, recently published under the title QuestUmi reguardanii la Oeometria 
elementare. Question 1020 runs as follows : ''Consider the middle points C, (T 
of any two of the edges of a regular polyhedron. There is a plane regular 
polygon, having its centre at the centre of the circnmsphere of the polyhedron, 
and its vertices at the middle points of certain of the edges, including 6 and C\ 
Then if this polygon have X sides, and if m be the number of sides of each face 
of the polyhedron, n the number of edges of each polyhedral angle, c^^, a^ the side 
and in-radius of a \-sided regular polygon, we have the following relations : 


From this M. Hadamard obtains a new expression for the sides of the polyhedra 
inscribed in a given sphere : 

In some of the exercises the author introduces a sorie pariicvlikre de g4om4trie, 
in which some, but not all, of the relations between the elements of a triangle 
hold good. Other exercises give the elementary properties of quadrics, Dupin's 
cyclides, and the anallagmatic properties of the figure formed by two circles in 

(12) We are glad to see a French translation of Mr. Russell's admirable essay 
on the Foundations of Geometry. The translation will, moreover, have a value of 
its own until we see a second edition of the English original, for it contains many 
corrections and additions, some on points of detail, and some in answer to the 
objections raised by critics. Unfortunately the reflections of the most eminent of 
these critics — M. Poincar^— reached the author too late to enable him to deal with 
them in this translation. Professor Halsted will be pleased to hear that Mr. 
Russell has abandoned his heresy rS the independence of BolyaK and Gauss. 
M. Coutnrat, whose excursions into lands no less distant than the region of 
mathematical infinity will be familiar to some of our readers, has enriched the 
book with a lexicon of philosophical terms, which will be welcomed by the 
mathematical reader; and Mr. Russell has added mathematical notes in an 
appendix, for which the average philosophical reader will probably not be quite 
so grateful. He deserves cordial congratulation on the interest aroused in both 
the mathematical and the philosophictd worlds by his essay — an interest which is 
acknowledged in fitting terms in his prefatory note to the labours of Professor 

(13) M. Laugel has translated into French D. Hilbert's famous QrmnUlagen 
de Oeometrie. The author has endeavoured to lay down complete and simple 
groups of mutually independent axioms from which he deduces important 
geometrical theorems in such a way as to exhibit effectually the rdle played 
by these axioms, and the conclusions which may be logically drawn there- 
from. The groups are five in number, and are classed as axioms of associa- 

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tion, difltribntion, oongnience, and continnity, with the ''axiom of parallels." 
The only spatial axioms are Nos. 3-7 in group I., all the reet are either linear or 
*' planar.'* They show us more than ever the truth of the saying of M. Poincar^: 
M axioms are but definitions in disguise. But in the present case the diu;uise is 
easily pierced. After demonstrating by means of these weapons a particuUr case 
of Pascal's Theorem, and the ordinary laws for the theory of plane areas, we come 
to Desargue's theorem on the intersection of the joins of the homologous vertices 
of trianfflee whose homologous sides are parallel. We are shown that it is 
impossible to prove this theorem without tne aid of either the axioms of con- 
gruence or of spatial axioms. From a new sedentary calculus based on this 
theorem we are led to the equation of a straight line, and ultimately to the 
construction of a Qeometry of space. In the German edition the author does not 
deal with the possibility of discussing a Geometry without the axiom of parallels, 
or with points as elements coupled with the idea of groups of displacements as in 
Sophus lie's '* travaux fondamentaux et f^conds." But a few interesting remarks 
on the subject have been added to this' translation, and of these Prof. Halsted has 
made use in his review of Manning's Non- Euclidean Geometry, in the Chxette, 
No. 29, p. 94. 

(14) The handsome volumes of M. Gournerie on Descriptive Geometry take us 
back to the days of Chasles and Poncelet. The first edition appeared in three 
parts from 1860 to 1864. Poncelet alludes to it in his TraiU des propriiU* 
progressives des figures as the most complete, the most accurate, and '*le plus 
rationnel " of any work on this subject that had as yet appeared. Chasles became 
its sponsor in a very practical way, by speaking highly of it before the Acadimit 
des Sciences, The third edition of the third part hais been edited by Professor 
Lebon, of the Lycee Charlemagne, who succeeded the author in his chair in the 
Conservaloire des Arts et des JMHiers, and who is, moreover, the author of a large 
work on the same subject. Among the more interesting features of the part 
which has just appeared, we may mention the simple and elegant presentation of 
the theory of Curvature of Surfaces. In this, as well as in the proof of Euler's 
formula giviuff the curvature of a normal section, the infinitesimal calculus is not 
used, the author founding his treatment on Bertraod's Theorem (Salmon, Oeom, 
of Three Dim, , p. 265, note). We find Meunier's Theorem {loc cit., p. 256) applied 
to the construction of the radii of curvature and the osculating planes of a curve 
given by its projections. The author follows Du pin's treatment of the lines of 
curvature of sui)aces of the second order. M. Leoon brings the book up to date 
by notes historical and illustrative. 

Differential and Integral Oalculns. By E. W. Nichoi^. Pp. xii., .^94. 

7s. 6d. 1900. (Heath, Boston.) 

This is essentially a book for beginners, by which we mean that the author has 
laboured to present his subject in the clearest and simplest manner, removing 
**all obscurities and mysteries," and smoothing the path of the student generally. 
Accordingly there is more explanatory matter than is generally to be mund in a 
book for **the undergraduate courses of our best Universities, colleges, and 
technical schools." In some ways a book of this type is very useful to the tyro, 
■especially if he be a private student. But there is always the danger that in 
removing every statement that may cause the student to exercise his wits, we are 
losing an opportunity of stimulating his attention and cultivating a valuable 
faculty. Mr. Nichols is to be commended for the skilful way in which the 
geometrical, mechanical, and electrical applications are worked in throughout the 
book. The historical notes are concise and to the point. Some twenty pages 
are given to differential equations. The volume is well bound and printed^ and 
the author's boast that he gives the reader a ** clear and open " page is amply 

Differential and Integral Calcolns for Beginners. By£. Edser. Pp. 

vi. 253. 2s. 6d. 1901. (Nelson.) 

Yet another Calculus " adapted to the use of Students of Physics and 
Mechanics," "shorn of all extraneous difficulties," providing the "physical 
student with a valuable engine of research," the student finding " no difficulties 
which cannot be overcome by application and perseverance " ! Assuming on 

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the purt of the reader only an elementary knowledge of Algebra and Geometry, 
the author proceeds at once to initiate him into the mysteries of co-ordinate 
geometry and of circular and potential functions. The proofs of trigonometrical 
formulae required are relegated to an appendix. The differentiation of simple 
and complex functions occupy pp. 27-^ ; then follow two chapters on maxima 
and minima and expansions of functions. Two chapters on integration lead up to 
applications to geometrical, mechanical, and physical problems. Double and 
triple integrations and easy differential equations bring the book to a close. 
The treatment is throughout clear and simple ; in fact, many of the problems are 
worked out with almost unnecessary detail of development. For mstance, the 
moment of inertia of an ellipsoid drags through 2^ pages, and requires neither 
** application" nor " perseverance *' to follow its course. But, no doubt, this is 
quite necessary with students whose mathematical equipment is limited in 
character. We notice a curious mistake on pase 101. Here the author brings 
the mean ordinate toy := aainbx into relation with the maximum of alternating 
electric currents. He seems to think that " the maximum current is a little 
greater than 1^ times the average current." A reference to Everett (Deschanel, 
part iiL, p. 176) will show that this cannot be true. Has the author confused 
square root of mean square into mathematical mean ? 

The Elements of Hydrostatics. By 8. L. Lonet, M. A. Pp. x. 248. 4s. 6d« 

(Cambridge University Fress.) 

The peculiar characteristics of Mr. Loney's works are so familiar to most 
teachers that it is unnecessary to dwell on them hei'e. Suffice it to say that the 
Hydrostatics is no exception to the rule. The chapter on Centres of Pressure 
strikes us as more complete than is usually the case in an elementary work. The 
valves in the Condenser (p. 180) might be more convincing. Why not have 
substituted for this picture a simple machine in daily use such as the bicycle 
pump ? (cf. Greenhiirs Hydrostatics, p. 374). The sections dealinc with curves of 
buoyancy and tensions of vessels are as simple as is necessary for ordinary students. 
We think that some definite reasons should be given why the theory of Hydros- 
tatics here laid down should be even remotely applicable to other than the 
'* perfect liquid," and that, in general, more illustrative matter is advisable 
referring to the machines in dailv use. It is really remarkable how differently 
a student works at theories which have obvious practical applications. We must 
be wrong if we neglect any method likely to convince the pupil of the practical 
value and relevance of his investigations. 

Elements de Math^matiques Snp^rieures k Tosage des Phsrsiciens, 
Chimistes et Ing^nieors, et des ^Idves des Facnlt^s des Sciences. By 

H. VooT. Pp. vu., 619. 10 fr. 1901. (Nony, Paris.) 

Nancy is one of the few Universities in Europe where the study of Physics 
and Chemistry is so well organised that students can avail themselves of ^e 
services of a Professor of Mathematics to unveil those mysteries of his science 
which are indispensable to their course of instraction. This book contains 
about fifty chapters, each about the length of a lecture, beginning with equa- 
tions containing two unknowns, and ending with linear dij^rential equations. 
From easy determinants, the binomial theorem, surds and indices, the author 
proceeds to the discussion of the doctrine of series, prefacing his remarks on 
series by generalities on limits. The usual rules on convergence, etc., are 
followed by a detailed account of method of approximation to the sum of a 
series. Logarithms and the exponential theorem complete the section devoted 
to Algebra, with the exception of the few notes on elimination and series at 
the end of the book. Analytical Geometry is introduced by general ideas on 
units, etc, the examples being derived from Geometry, Mechanics, and Physics. 
Then come co-ordinates and the representation of lines and surfaces by means 
of equations. Elementary Differential Calculus with its geometrical applications 
leads up to the Integral, which is carried as far as the theorems of Ostrogradsky, 
Stokes, and Green. The book closes with some two hundred exercises on all the 
sections. This rapid summary will give an idea of the ground covered by these 
lectures, and as they have been " professed " by the author for several years, they 
no doubt represent the minimum that is required by those who wish to have at 
their disposal in the shortest possible period a mathematical armoury for prac- 

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Owing to pressure of space, these must be discontinued until the solutions 
'"os. 1-449 are completed.] 


The following problems, published in Vol. I. are still unsolved : 171, 275, 279, 
283, 326, 336-8, 341, 349, 370, 373-4, 376-9, 381-2, 389, 395-7, Solutions to these, 
or to problems in VoL II. , should be sent as early as possible. 

The question need not be re- written ; the number snould precede the solution. 
Figures should be very careftilly drawn to a small scale on a separate sheet. 

356. [L 17. a.] Find three consecutive numbers each of the form □ + □- 
(Ex. 2248 = 42* -♦- 22^ ; 2249 = 43« -♦- 202 ; 2250 = 45* -♦- 152.) / ^^ve six solutions 
with numbers under 1000, and eight with numbers between 1000 and 2000. Can 
anyone indicate more solutions between these limits f W, Allen Whitworth. 

Solution by R. F. Davis. 

There are seven solutions with numbers under 1000 ; namely, 72-4, 232-4, 
288-90, 520-2, 564-6, 800-2, 808-10. Also there are ten solutions with num- 
bers between 1000 and 2000 ; namely, 1096-8, 1152-4, 1224-6, 1312-4, 1600-2, 
1664-6, 1744-6, 1800-2, 1872-4, 1960-2. Of tliese three, viz. 288-290, 1224-6, 
and 1600-2, include numbers (289, 1225, 1600) which although expressible 
as sums of squares are themselves square numbers: these sets, ttierefore, 
Mr. Whitworth rejected. 

Particular formulae are 

{a(a+l)}*+{a(a-»-l)P=2a*+4a3-»-2a^ \ 
{a(a -hl) + lp+{a(a + l)-ip«2a*-»-4a3-|- 2a* -♦-2J 
which gives four of the above solutions, including one of the rejected ; and 

(2a3 - a2 - a)2 -h (2a3 -t-a2-ha)2=8a6+ 2a* + 4a3 -1-202 \ 
(2a3-a2)2-|-(2a3+a2-M)2 = 8a«-|-2a*-»-4a3-h2a2+il 

(2a3-a2+a+l)2-|-(2a8 + o2_a + l)2 = 8a«-»-2a*-f4a3-|-2a2 + 2J 
which gives two more of the solutions. 

Solution by C. E. YouyoMAN. 
The sum of two squares is either 4a? (both even), Ax-\-l (even and odd), or 
8^+2 (both odd) ; so that three consecutive sums must have the forms Sn^ 
8n + l, %n-\-2. And one of these must be divisible by 3 ; .". by 9, for a 
square is either 9y or 3y-l- 1 ; 

.'. M = 9w, 9^?«-M, or 97»-f 2 (A) 

Also 8ii=(2a)2-|-(26)2 ; /. a and b are both odd or both even, and 

4n=(a-6)2+(a-h6)2=4<;2-h4rf2 ; 

.'. n is either a square (when a = 6) or the sum of two unequal squares ;...(B) 

.-. w=4jo, Ap + l, or 8jt?-|-2 (C) 

(A) and (C) combined show that n must have one of the forms : 36r, 36r-f- 1, 
72r-»-2, 72r-t-10, 36r-»-9, 72r-}-18, 36r-h20, 36r-f 28, 36r-h29. 
Now for solutions below 1000, w < 125 ; proceed as follows : 

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Write down the possible values of n ; strike out all that do not satisfy (B). 
[To be the sum of two unequal square* a number must be a prime of the 
form 4;r+ 1, or a product of such primes, multiplied may be by powers of 2 
and squares.] 














































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The numbers marked * being thus struck out, find the values of 4w + l for 
those that remain ; if 8n + 2 be the sum of two squares, 4n + 1 is either a 
square or the sura of two squares ; strike out as before those values which 
do not satisfy this condition ; and, finally, write down the values of Sn + l 
for the numbers left and strike out those which are not of the form □ + □, 
and we are left with the middle numbers of seven solutions ; and in the 
same way between 1000 and 2000 may be found ten more solutions, viz.: 
8n + l = 1097, 1153, 1225, 1313, 1601, 1665, 1745, 1801, 1873, 1961. 

369. [K. 5. d.] If triangles ABC, A'B'C he in perspective {centre F, axis 
BEF), and be also orthologic — i.e. such that perpendiculars from the vertices 
of either on corresponding sides of the other concur (in Q and Q') — then PQQ is 
a straight line perpendicular to BEF. 

Cor. 1. If PQ he points in the plane of a triangle ABC su^h that per- 
pendiculars from Q on AP, BP, CP, cut BC, CAy AB on a straight line^ 
then so also do perpendiculars from P on AQ, BQ^ CQ ; and hoth the lines 
are perpendicular to PQ. 

Cob. 2. If A BCD he four points determining a rectangular hyperhola, the 

tangent at D may he had thus: — Draw D E perpendictdar to BD cutting CA at 

Ey and DF perpendicvdar to CD cutting AB at F ; then DT perpendicular to 

EF is the tangent. C. E. Youngman. 

Solution by C. E. M^Vicker. 

Consider P the vertex of a triangular pyramid standing on ABC. Then 
DEF is the line common to the planes ABC^ A'B'C. If now the plane 
A'B^Cy be drawn through A' pandlel to ABC^ its line of intersection A'D^ 
with A'BC will be parallel to DEF. The axis of perspective of A'BC and 
A'BiCi is therefore parallel to DEF. It is then only necessary to prove the 
theorem for the orthologic triangles A'B'C^ A'ByC^ having the vertex A' in 

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Draw BJ, CyJ perpendicular to A'B^ meeting QB, QC in S and T, the 
latter meeting A'B^, A'C.m U and F. UV is clearly perpendicular to QA' 
and therefore parallel to nC^ A^i- 

BiSIB^U=ainSUBJsm USB^, 
CJIC^ r=8in TVCJ%m VTCi, 
and B^ U/B^A' = (7, VIC^A' by paraUels ; 

B^ A'B, sin S UBi sin VTC ^^ A'B^ sin /J^^i . 
•■ C^r'AVisinTVC^BinUSBi A'C^Bin lA'C^' 
[ V sin ^£7Bi = co8 ^ = 8iu TVCi] 
:. BiSICiT=BJ/CiJ, so that S and 7" lie in directum with />i. 

The sides of the triangles FB'C^ oo ST therefore pass through the coUinear 

points iB,Z>,Ci, their base angles lying on 
QBy QC ; .'. the line oo P joining their 
vertices passes through Q. Hence FQia 
parallel to SI, TJ and therefore at right 
angles to DBF. 

Otherwiae : let aj8y and .ra, t/fi, zy he 
vectors from the centre of perspective P 
to the vertices of ABC, A'BG\ and let 
the vector PQ = p. It is easily seen that 

a' = x{y-z)a-Vy{z-x)P-\'z{x-y)y 
is a vector parallel to the axis of perspec- 
tive of the triangles. 

Since p-a is perpendicular to y^-zy we have, by quaternions, 


Similarly, S{p- ^)(zy - xo)^% 

and *S'(p - y )(.ra - y^) = 0. 

Multiply in order by the scalars x, y, z and add, so as to eliminate terms 
independent of p ; then we obtain Spa-^Of proving that p is at right angles 
to 0-. 

Mr. M*Vicker adds : I have not succeeded in deducing the corollaries from 
the proposition itself, but give in outline an analytical proof of a property 
suggested by them and including both. 

ABODE are five coplanar points. Perpendiculars through E to DA, DB, 
DC meet BC, CA, AB in collinear points pQR ; it is required to prove that 
ABCDE lie on a rectangular hyperbola, and that PQR is perpendicular to 
DE, CJonversely, if they lie on a rectangular hyperbola, the perpendiculars 
from ^ to DA, DB, DC meet BC, Cxi, AB in collinear points. 

Take as coordiuates of the five points {t^, 1/^,), (^, l/^jX (^3> V^j)* (^4» ^I^kU 
(^6) l/^)» the axes being the asymptotes of the rectangular hyperbola xy=l 
through the first four. 

Form the equations of EP, EQ, ER ; P, Q, R being the intersections of 
BC.CA.AB with the line ax+hy = \: express that these lines are per- 
pendicular to DA, DB, DC, and eliminate a and h ; we then find a deter- 
minant equation in 6 which reduces to 

he-{-ht^ hh-{-hh, 1 

This can only be satisfied by ^=^5 which proves that the fifth point lies on 
the hyperbola. 

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The converse is evident on putting $=t^ at the beginning. If now we 
find a : b from the equations which gave the determinant we get the ratio 
t^tzi -1, which shows that PQR is perpendicular to DE. 

This latter property is also evident a priori since EPy EQ, ER are the 
sides of an evanescent triangle in orthologic perspective with ABC, 

387. [S. 17. e. 80. f.] Construct a spherical quadrilateral given a, py y, S, 
the mid points of the sides taken in order ; and prove that the cosine of half its 
spherical excess is equal to 

cos py cos aS - cos ya cos /J8 + cos a/? cos y8. 0. E. M* Vickbr. 
Solution and Note by Proposer. 
If A BCD be the spherical quadrilateral, a, 6, c, d the sides, DA, AB, BC, 
CD, and E=A+B-{-C-\-D-'2Tr the spherical excess, then, by a known 

property of a triangle, ap meets DB at a point <o distant - from the 

middle point of DB ; hence also yS meets DB at the same point (u. A\ao 
if (aX and wP be taken along w/?, (dB equal to ap, OB respectively ; then the 
triangle <t)PX is right-angl^ at F, and PX is half the spherical excess of 
ABD. M*CleIland and Preston^s Spherical Trigonometry , § 104. 

Produce ap ,y8 to meet in w ; and on (dB . wy take toX . wF equal respec- 
tively to ^a . y8 ; draw the great circle taPBOD perpendicular to XT\ mark 
off iaO a quadrant and BO^ OD each equal to mP ; then 5, D are two vertices 
of the required quadrilateral, and ZFis half its spherical excess. 

Again cos \E^ cos XY= cos mX . cos (u F+ sin mX . sin (u F. cos 12 ; 
.*. cos \E= cos aP . cos y5 + sin a.p . sin y8 . cos fl, 

where 12 denotes the angle X^Y, 
Take now the trigonometrical identity 

sin (X - A') sin (/x - /*') cos 12 
= (cos Acos/i+sin Asin/ACOsl2)(co8 A'cos/i'+sin A' sin /x' cos 12) 
- (cos A cos /i' + sin A sin /x' cos 12) (cos A' cos /x + sin A' sin /x cos 12), 
and make A = arc(oa, X! = (apy fi=(uS, ii=iay ; 

then immediately we obtain 

sin aP . sin yS . cos 12 =C08 a5 . cos py - cos ya . cos )8S, 
whence cos J £"= cos )8y . cos a8 - cos ya . cos ph + cos a)8 . cos y 5, 

as was to be proved. 

From this simple formula, ^can be readily expressed in terms of the sides 
and diagonals of A BCD, 

For by an elementary theorem, 

cos aA +COS aB=2 cos pA . cos ap. 
Multiply each by 2 cos a J and denote DB, AChy e,/, then 

l+cosa+cos6+cosc=4cos-. cos^+cosajS ; 

.*. 2 COS - COS - . COS aP =cos* ^ +cos* - +co8* 5 - !• 

c d c d € 

Similarly 2 cos ^ cos - . cos y5 = cos^ - + cos* ^ + cos* 5 - 1, 

„ 2 cos - cos - . cos )8y = C082 - + COS* 2 + cos2| - 1, 

« d « oO . oC? . - -,2/ 1 

2 cos ^ cos 5 . cos aS =cos* 3+cos* 5+cos' 

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similarly 2 cos - cos ^ . cos ya =coa,'^-+coa^^+coti^ 5 +cos' ^-2, 

„ 2 COS - cos - . cos /35 = C082 1 4-C08* ^+008* 2 +C08* - - 2. 

But by the preceding theorem, 

cos ^i?=cos ^y . cos a8 - cos ya . cos /38+cos a^ . cos y8, 
hence after reduction we find 

4 COS - COS - COS - COS - . sm^ -E 
2 2 2 2 4 

=sm« 2 8in2^- ^^cos ^ cos ^-cos g <^ 2/ ' 

the formula given by Serret, M^thodes de G4om^trie ; also Casey, § 119 ; 
McClelland and Preston, § 186. 

As far as I am aware this latter result has not hitherto been obtained 
without the aid of stereographic projection, nor has the theorem in this 
article been given. 

388. [K. U. e.] The line ABCD m cut harmonically in B and C; on AC and 
BD as diameters circles APCy BQD are described whose planes intersect at 
right angles, and PQ, PBy QC are drawn. Shew that 

PQ . i?C= PB . QC, A. S. Toller. 

Solution by W. F. Beard. 
Bisect A Cy BD at E, F, Draw a, Q on AC as diameter in the plane of the 
From /'draw FG ±r, to AD meeting PC produced in O. 
With centre O, radius GB, describe a sphere cutting PC in ZT, K, 
GC. GP=aq. of tangent from G' to APC 

=FG^+EF^-EC^ 1.47. 

= FG^+FB^ for EF^=EC^+FB^ see (a) 

= G& 1.47. 

= GE^; 
:. PH. CK is a harmonic range. 
Also since GB^—FB^+FG^ ; .*. on BD as diameter at right angles to 
the plane of the paper is a section of the sphere, centre (?, radius GB. 
Tnus Q lies on this sphere ; 

*.' PECK is a harmonic range ; 

.-. PQ 

and PB 

.-. PQ 

: QC=PH : ffC from (/3\ (see below) 
or PQ . BC= PB . QC. q.b.d. 

(a) If ABCD is a harmonic range, the 0s. on AC, BD as diameters cut 

(13) If ABCD is a harmonic range, and P any point on the Q on AC slb 
diameter, then PB : PD=BC : CD = AB : AD. 

Slide Bule. — Professor Barrell informs us, with reference to his paper 

SoL II., No. 29) on the Slide Rule, that Messrs. A. G. Thornton, of 
anchester, have already prepared a rule with the index line on the cursor 
* broken,* as he suggested! The rule also gives an extra ^" of * dead end * at 
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Session 1900. 1901 (7/6). Williams and Norgate. 

Ck>NTSNTS : — AUardice, R E., On four circles touching a common circle. On 
the nine-point conic. On a cubic curve connected with the triangle ; Carslaw, 
H. S., Oblique Incidence of a Trttin of Plane Waves on a semi-infinite 
Plane ; Chrystal, G., Elementary Theorems on Surds ; Davis, R. F., Focal 
Relations of a Bicircular Quartic; Qibsou, G. A, An extension of AheVs 
Theorem on the continuity of a Power Series ; Jack, J., Change of Axes. 
Director Circle; Mair, D., On the n^ root of a prime; Miiirhead, R. F., 
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The Annual Meeting of the Mathematical Association was held at 
King's College, London, on Saturday, January 18th. In the absence 
of the President, Mr. J. F. Moulton, K.C., the chair was taken by 
Professor K M. Minchin, Vice-President. Professor Henrici wrote 
regretting that he had been prevented from attending. There were 
29 members present The subject discussed, " Reform in the Teaching 
of Mathematics," was. introduced by Professor A. Lodge. 

The Chairman, in opening the meeting, said they were prepared for as 
good ail exhibition of Donnybrook Fair as could be given, for there were 
sure to be manpr teachers of mathematics present who would not agree with 
some of the points discussed by Professor Lodge. The fundamental question 
in the reform of mathematical teaching was the reform of geometry. 

Professor Lodge then read his introductory paper. 
Mr. Prssidkkt, Ladibs, and Gbntlbmen, 

The subject of my paper needs no apolog>' before such an audience as 
this, for the Mathematical Association exists for the purpose of inaugurating 
and furthering improvements in mathematical teaching. The special object 
in bringing the wnole question forward now is to enable us to co-operate 
with the British Association Committee formed for the same purpose at the 
Glasgow meeting last year. 

Many teachers have been for a long time aware that the teaching of 
geometry in this country was suffering from its being based on a fixed, 
ancient model, which, however excellent, was not in many respects satis- 
factory as a text-book for beginners. Hence the formation of the A.I.G.T., 
of which Association we are the lineal descendants. The efforts of the 
Association were, however, powerless to make any appreciable effect on the 
action of the great examining bodies in the country, and without their 
co-operation much progress was not possible. 

Now, however, with the powerful leverage of the British Association to 
assist us, we may confidently look for real and lasting progress. 

The best method of teaching geometry will no doubt be the question 
which will require most attention, as that is a matter in which both teachers 
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improvement might be asked for in connection with arithmetic and algebra. 
I wish chiefly to consider the geometrical question, so I will toudi on only a 
few points. For example, men come up to engineering colleges who are 
slow and inaccurate in computation, who do not know the contracted 
methods of multiplication ana division, who are as likely as not to put the 
decimal point in the wrong place. We want boys taught to be ready and 
rapid computers, to be able to make rough checks on their own work so as to 
avoid gross errors, to cultivate common sense in connection with problems, 
and to be in the habit of verif3rine answers. 

This applies to algebra as well as to arithmetic, even more so to algebra 
perhaps. A boy will perform an absurdity in algebra, quite unconscious of 
its absurdity, which he would never think of perpetrating in arithmetic 

Thus we often find a student writing -+ f = r who sees at once the 

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absurdity of i+j|=}. His algebraic work should grow out of arithmetic, 

and continually be brought back into touch with it by numerical checks. 

He should also be taught to multiplpr and divide rapidly by the method 
of detached coefficients, and be drillea in short division (synthetic division) 
in the case of simple divisors. 

Then, again, arithmetical work can be so directed as to prepare the boy 
for geometry, by actual measurement and calculation in connection with 
geometrical figures, both plane and solid. The ratio of the circumference of 
a circle to its diameter could be verified by measurements on a cylinder. 
The area of a rectangle, parallelogram, triangle, etc., should be numerically 
worked in connection with scale drawings or actual solids, and verified by 
squared paper. Volumes of actual solids should be calculated from the 
pupil's own measurements. The eye might be trained to guess areas and 
volumes and the guesses be verified by actual measurement and calculation. 

The algebraic formula (a+h){c-\-d)=ac-\-ad-{-hc-{-hd could be illustrated 
by rectangles di-awn on squared paper. A very pretty illustration of this 
formula is afforded by the duodecimal multiplication of feet and inches by 
feet and inches, the algebraic answer coming out in square feet, inch-feet, 
and square inches. 

The pupil should learn at an early stage to measure angles in degrees, 
and to learn by experiment such things as that the angles of a triangle add 
up to two right angles. The angles of various triangles could be estimated 
by eye and then measured. The notions of complementary and supple- 
mentary angles could be easily introduced, and the angles connected with 
a transversal crossing parallel lines be considered. Herl^rt Spencer's Inven- 
tioual Greometry in the hands of a good teacher would be invaluable in 
stimulating the energies and intellect of a junior class. 

When the pupils have thoroughly grasped elementary geometrical notions, 
and been practised in measurements and calculations, then they would be 
ready for a course of deductive geometiy. 

And here it must be remembered that the pupil's mental equipment is 
chiefly arithmetic and algebra, and his geometry should be bunt on these 
notions as much as possible, instead of being carefully divorced from them 
as is done in so many text-books. In Euclid's time arithmetical work was 
abstruse and difficult ; in fact, Euclid approached arithmetic through 
geometry. We have to do the reverse, and we ought to do it whole- 
heartedly and without reserve. 

I believe we could not do better at the outset than adopt some French 
text-book as our model. The Americans have done so already. 

The chief points in the French text-books are : 

il) The more orderly arrangement of propositions. 
2) The entire separation of theorems from problems of construction, 
hypothetical constructions being used in proving a theorem. 

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(3) The closer aesociation of a proposition and its converse when both 
are trae. 

(4) The adoption of arithmetical notions and algebraic processes. 
The early introduction of simple loci. 
Insistance on accurate figures drawn by accurate and practical 

r?) Practice in exercises from the very beginning. 
Mr. Greenstreet suggests that I should also add : 

(8) Attention paid to the various phases of a theorem as the figure 
changes, and (as the student progresses) to the easier forms of 
The greater part of these improvements could be adopted at once, 

grovided the sanction of the great examining bodies can be obtained. The 
rst is the one which presents the greatest difficulties, but many of these 
difficulties would disappear with the sanction of No. 2. 

Of the importance of a rearrangement there can be no doubt. 

For example, the propositions that 

TvDO triangles are eqttal if tu>o sides and the incliuied angle in one are equal 
to two sides and the induded angle in the other, and that two triangles a/re 
equal if tioo angles and the induded side in one are eqtud to two angles and the 
induded side in the other, 
are obviously related propositions. 

In the French text-books they are juxtaposed, both being proved by 
superposition. Also I. 24, 25, being obviously related to I. 4, are made to 
immediately follow it in such of the French books as define a straight line 
to be the shortest distance between two points. 

Again, the theorems relating to angles, such as I. 13, 14, 15 should come 
before triangles, as they do in the French books. 

The whole subject of rearrangement is too vast to be treated in the course 
of a paper — it must be settled by a committee, or at least its most important 
features would have to be so settled ; and the sanction of the great Examin- 
ingBoards must be obtained. 

With regard to the fourth point above, there is nothing in the French 
geometries corresponding to the greater part of Book II. ; being rendered 
unnecessary by the arithmetical and algebraic treatment of areas. They 
could be taken as exercises in areas. T^e only theorems to be retained are 
II. 12, 13, which can thus immediately follow I. 47, 48, with which they are 
obviously connected. 

[Euc. II. 11, 14 are merely particular cases of the graphic solution of 
quadratic equations by the method given in Cremona's Geometry, which 
snould I thmk be more generally known and taught. However, these are 
problems, and therefore not in the category to which we are now attending. 
So also with the whole of Book IV.] 

The French treatment of areas forms a simple introduction to Book YL 
They prove that the measure of the area of a parallelogram is the product of 
its base and height, and that the area of a triangle equals half this product. 
Hence triangles (or parallelograms) on equal bases have areas proportional 
to their heights ; and those of the same height have areas proportional to 
their bases. 

There is one other suggestion which I should like to make, and that is that 
the student should be encouraged in anticipating theorems, so as to have his 
mind prepared for a new theorem before being set to formally prove it ; and 
he should test the truth, of new theorems experimentally, using accurately 
drawn figures. 

In conclusion, I would urge on all those who are convinced that reform in 
geometrical teaching on some such lines as I have indicated is urgent and 
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reforms are sanctioned by the ereat public examining bodies, and I think 
this meeting should not conclude without appointing a strong committee to 
co-operate with the Briti^ Association Committee and assist it in every 
way possible. That Committee has already had a valuable communication* 
signed by 23 schoolmasters, and has asked me to express to this Association 
its request for the fullest co-operation and advice. 

The Ohairmail said the main point in the question of the teaching of 
geometry was the problem of dealing with the great waste of time that takes 
place with the subject. For some reason or another the boy who begins to 
learn geometry at nine makes hardly any progress by the time he is 14. 
He goes probably to a preparatory school at nine, and stays there till about 
14, when he goes to one of the public schools. During that time he may 
succeed in getting through two books of Euclid, and some clever boys get 
over three. That is a very miserable amoimt of work for five years. What 
is the cause of it ? He had come to the conclusion that the cause was the 
adoption of Euclid's language and method. The schoolboy is not tauffht 
geometry ; he is taueht to remember the words of Euclid. Mr. Lodge 
emphasised the teachmg of arithmetic and algebra and their use in the 
teaching of geometry. There are people who say you must not teach arith- 
metic or algebra in connection with geometiy. A few weeks ago he 
examined a l)ook in which the principle was laid down that those who are 
doinff Euclid may be allowed to save space when speaking of the square on 
the line AB hj writing AB^, but it was merely as a notation for "the 
square on the line AB" and it was stated that as soon as the boy conceived 
that it meant any arithmetical quantity, its use was to be immediately 
stopped. The boy mi^ht write " rectangle AB, CD," but the moment he 
got an arithmetical notion from that, the notion was to be driven out of him. 
That idea is probably responsible for the whole waste of time that takes 
place in the teaching of geometry. 

Professor Lodge recently showed him (the speaker) a little Belgian book 
for the secondary teaching of young girls in Belgium. It was a course of one 
year's teaching. There is more than six books of Euclid in it, and all through 
the algebraical and arithmetical notation is used ; hence the rapid progress. 

There must be several present that afternoon who had had experience of 
the public examinations : those who have not would, he thought, not believe 
him if he told them of some of the gross absurdities that examiners in 
Euclid have to deal with. He would just mention two cases to show them 
the kind of intellectual process that the learning of Euclid means for the 
ordinary schoolboy, 

At one of the public examinations one boy who came from a veiy great 
public school was answering the question, " What are the cases enumerated 
m Euclid in which two triangles are identical?'' The answer expected was : 
"The 4th, 8th, and 26th propositions of the 1st book" ; but this inffenions 
young gentleman gave 13 cases in the 1st book of Euclid, and he made some 
of them up in this way : he said, " If there are two triangles, ABC, DEF^ and 
the sides AB, AC oi one are equal to DE, DF of the other and the included 
angles are equa^ then the triangles are equal. Also, if ^^, BC of the one 
are equal to DE, EF of the other and the included angles are equal, then the 
triangles are equal," and so on for 13 cases. Now, such an answer does not 
indicate an intellectual process. 

At the same examination a boy was required to draw a perpendicular to a 
given line at a given point He said, " Let AB be the given line and C the 

given point. Draw CD \/ Then shall CD be perpendicular to AB ; 

for, if not, let CE be drawn perpendicular to ABJ* etc. Now, that again is 
not an intellectual process : it is nothing but the repetition of a mere jargon. 

♦ r. p. 143. 

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He could give other instances of erratic thought as well as in 
geometry, but no other branch of mathematics was so full of humorous 
episodes. One story he might relate seemed to convey a reflection on his 
own ability to teach statics. He asked a student to define a funicular 
polygon of a number of forces. The definition he obtained was, " A funicular 
polygon is a kind of polygon very difficult to draw, and impossible to under- 
stand.'' (Laughter.^ 

What Mr. Lodge nad said about graphic solutions was worthy of attention. 
These should, in his opinion, accompany every branch of mathematics, and 
not be restricted to geometry : he hoped that graphic methods of solution 
would be generally adopted. 

That concluded his remarks about the teaching of geometry. There was 
another question, the reform of teaching of other oranches of mathematics — 
e,g.j dynamics and hydrostatics. Some of those present had to teach 
dynamics as well as geometry. There had been two methods of teaching 
dynamics in vogue. One was to begin with the teaching of statics and then 
to pass on to the teaching of kinetics, or what used in the old days to be 
called dynamics. Thomson and Tait many years affo advocated a different 
plan. They made no distinction. Force was one and the same thing in both 
subjects. From the former method the student got an idea that there were 
two different kinds of force : it was difficult to get this idea out later. Some 
people tried to make no distinction ; they taught the two subjects together. 
He had recently done it himself, and he found that, taking the two subjects 
together ah initio^ more rapid progress was made and sounder ideas incul- 
cated in dynamics than under the old method. With regard to the way in 
which this subject is to be treated, he thought that those teaching it 
ought to remember that in the whole subject of statics there are just two 
fundamental facts, which are : First, that if you have any number of vectors, 
the resultant of these vectors has the same component along any line as the 
vectors themselves ; and, secondly, that the moment of the resultant vector 
about any axis is equal to the sum of the moments of the vectors about that 
axis. That ought to be kept prominently before the student ; and its 
importance becomes more pronounced in the most advanced parts of 

With regard to hydrostatics, he supposed the subject is taught in all the 
schools ; yet he found with the students who came up to the Engineering 
College at Cooper's Hill that it was impossible to get any accurate hydro- 
statical notions from them. He sometimes ask^ them what was the 
number of cubic inches contained in so manv lbs. of a given metal, the 
specific ffravitv of which was given in the table of specinc gravities pro- 
vided. Now tlie students knew that W=s Vs : they had learnt this formula ; 
and when asked, ** How many cubic inches are there in 10 lb. of platinum ? " 
they put 10=22 F, 22 being siven as the specific gravity of platinum in the 
table. He (the Professor) asked them : ** Is this \^ cubic yards, or miles, or 
what?" They often reply ^^Feet," and on being asked the reason say, 
'* Because a cubic foot goes so well with a pound.'' (Laughter.) There is 
very great difficulty in getting accurate results in any subjects from students 
whose attention haia not been riveted on the fundamental principles of that 

He passed on to kinetics. He supposed they would all say that one of the 
moflt difficult subjects was the subject of rigid dynamics. In that subject, if 
one took up a text-book and opened it at almost any point, one would probably 
see lai^e clouds of sprmbols which are quite unnecessary. In the ckduction 
of the great dynamical principles, of which there are three, the principles 
should be deduced directly from Newton's second and third axioms, and one 
does not require to write down a single symbol. It follows from the second 
axiom, the internal forces being equal and opposite in the same right line, 

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that the resultant acceleration of each particle coincides with the resultant 
of all the forces internal and external acting on that particle. Now, making 
use of the two fundamental properties of vectors above mentioned, we have 
at once the principle of the motion of the centre of mass, and also the prin- 
ciple of the moment of the momentum of any system about any axis. You 
have then at once an explanation of what one supposes to be one of the most 
wonderful things ever seen, the motion of the gyroscope. 

There is another thing: we have not yet succeeded in eliminating the 
principle of D'Alembert from our books. We ought ruthlessly to cut it out 
of our treatises on dynamics. This principle of &Alembert is contained in 
the 2nd and 3rd axioms of Newton. The expression that D^Alembert gave 
it was one in which he introduced the notion of fictitious forces, and one 
result of this is the fallacious conception of centrifugal force. This he (the 
speaker) considered to be one of the great physical fallacies. Most people 
tnink centrifugal force to be a force tending to drive a body revolving round 
a centre away from that centre. There is no such force ; and it is this prin- 
ciple of lyAlembert which is responsible for the fallacy. 

Finally, this Association might possibly do something towards reform of 
the nomenclature of dynamics. Tne British Association appointed a com- 
mittee for dealing with the nomenclature of physics. A similar committee 
would seem to be required for revising the nomenclature of applied mathe- 
matics. Thus, we speak about the angular momentum of a system about 
an axis. Angular momentum is no more momentum than chalk is cheese: 
it is in reality moment of momentum. Another expressioa is the term 
moment of inertia. What is the moment of inertia of a mere area, which 
has no mass and no inertia? A conception to which he found students take 
kindly is the conception of the '' mean square of distance from any axis." 
The radius of gyration is simply the square root of the mean square of 
distance of a body, area, or volume from an axis. 

The necessity for a reform of nomenclature is great in dynamics and in 
physics too. The physicists seem to be (]uite happy with such terms as 
"electromotive force" and "magnetomotive force." Now electromotive 
force and magnetomotive force ought to mean some kinds of Force. Each 
term means nothing of the kind. This association should take up the 
question of reforming other branches of mathematics. It is in the interests 
of young boys that it should deal with the reform of geometrical teaching : 
we want to oe able to produce some valuable result at the end of five yean* 
teaching instead of the wretched results attained by teaching Euclid's very 
words and order. 

Finally, he would like to ask the question, "What is a Circle?" In an 
American book and in an English book he had seen it described as the area 
inside what he had been in the habit of calling a circle. The French dis- 
tinguish between a circle and the circumference. Euclid did not do so. 
Was the circle then a curve or an area ? The difficulty was in the preposi- 
tion — on a circle, or in a circle. Euclid, though he defines it as an area^ uses 
it as a curve. ^ 

Professor Hudson confined himself to the teaching of geometry. He 
conceived there were two main things to reform in the teaching of 
geometry. First, to induce teachers to prepare for the teaching of 
reasoned geometry by a preparation such as that given in Spencer's book. 
Ilie pupil should become aware of the facte of geometry beiore reasoning 
about tnose facts. He was not so much inclined to complain of the slowness 
in the initial stage to which their chairman had referred. It does require 
time to lay and settle a good foundation. Slowness in the early stages is 
compensated for by rapidity afterwards. On this teachers should hold their 

\} For thiB point in American and British Geometries v. Gaeettet p. 118, L 21 up, and 
p. 119, 1.9 up. W. J. Q.] 

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own firmly against the parents. Time is not wasted though one may not get 
to the end of the first l)ook in the first year. 

The second main point for reform is that of the acceptance of propositions 
learnt by heart. That goes on to a terrible extent. Pupils can succeed in 
passing examinations by means of it. Now, it should not be possible to 
pass an examination in geometry by the mere reproduction of propositions 
learnt by heart No alteration in the text-book will bring about a reform 
if that is to be allowed to continue. If the French or American books 
were used, and the pupils learnt by heart, and were allowed to pass 
examinations thereby, we should have all the same trouble as now over 
again. He agreed with nearly all that Professor Lodse said, but perhaps 
not with all ne meant with regard to the use of algebra in geometry. 
He was strongly of opinion that the second mathematical subject to be 
taken up was geometry. Arithmetic, geometry, algebra is the correct 
order. The child does something of arithmetic at the age of two or three, 
and some progress, slight though it may be, is made in the subject. 
Geometry then may be taken at from 7 to 9, but algebra could scarcely 
be begun till a couple of years later. It requires a more mature mind 
than the other subjects. He would be sorry if a reform in geometry 
were to drive out the subject as a distinct branch by itself. The two 
subjects can be carried on side by side, and made to illustrate one another, 
if the pupils know algebra ; but that algebraical proof should be substi- 
tuted would be very unfortunate and unnatural in the early stages. 

Some of his (the speaker's) pupils, who were young ladies, having no 
notion of algebra, had derived great benefit from pursuing the study of 
geometry, and doing it well. He would be sorry if any change could 
render that impossible. 

There were various minor points to which he would wish to refer. 
Euclid's definition of an angle snould be altered, and the modern definition 
adopted in its place. In the third book he thought the doctrine of limits 
must not be evaded. The modem definition of a tangent is implied in 
one of Euclid's propositions. Another notion Professor Lodge had referred 
to was the notion of a " locus." That notion should be introduced early, 
as should the notion of *' symmetry." In the second book, the new notion 
of ** sense " along a line might be treated so as to be understood by a person 
ignorant of algebra, and, therefore, ignorant of the idea of a " negative " 
quantity. He wished this treatment of the thing in geometry to oe pre- 
paratory to the idea of *' minus." A great general principle is that teaching 
should all be anticipatory, and clear the way for some after teaching. That 
is illustrated by the doctrine of "sense" along a line preparing for 
the conception of a negative quantity, the definition of a tangent pre- 
paring for subsequent tuUer treatment of the doctrine of limits, etc. Let 
our early teaching prepare the way for the subjects which have to come 
after. They must try to induce teachers to begin with the actual handling 
of solids. Plane geometry cannot be begun before the age of seven. It is 
dangerous to put compasses in the hands of very young people. 

Professor Hill paid that all teachers of mathematics should be grateful to 
PrDfesBor Perry for bringing the subject of the teaching of elementary 
mathematics before the British Association, and to Professor Lodge for 
asking the Mathematical Association to discuss it The concrete representa- 
tion of problems, wherever possible, which Professor Perry ably advocated, 
was of the greatest service. Most teachers of mathematics cannot help 
admitting that there must be something wrong in the teaching of that 
subject when the results of that teaching are so poor. In seeking for the 
cause of the failure, the speaker had ccme to the conclusion that it was to 
be found in the fact that too great a strain was placed upon the memory. 
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little attention was paid to principles. This was a matter upon which the 
speaker was at direct issue with Professor Perry, and, indeed, there were 
some passages in Professor Perry's treatise on Practical Mathematics which 
seemed to show that Professor Perry was at issue with himself. For example 
while on the one hand on page 120, he says, ''Rules in mensuration ought to 
be stated as formulae, and proved if the proofs are easy, as part of the 
geometrical work,'' he says on the other hand (▼. p. 22), ''Have you not 
noticed that a great man has only a few simple principles on which to 
regulate all his actions ? A great engineer keeps m his head just a few 
simple methods of calculation." These two passages from Professor Perry's 
book state very clearly two different modes of teaching, the one resting on 
rules learned by heart, the other on principles and methods. 

Unfortunately, Professor Perry seems to incline to the method of teaching 
by rules. He says in his address to the educational science section of the 
British Association, "Why should not a boy assume the truth of many 
propositions of the first four books of Euclid, letting him accept their truth, 
partly by faith, partly by trial? Giving him the whole fifth book of 
Euclid by simple algebra. Letting him assume the sixth book to be 

It is this method of teaching bv rules that is responsible for the failure of 
the majority of young people to determine with accuracy the position of the 
decimal point in a quotient. 

Professor Lodge seemed to the speaker to lay too great stress upon the 
acquisition of rapidity in calculation. Useful as the faculty is, it is not 
sound policy to sacrifice a thorough comprehension of principles to its acqui- 
sition. The main thing in the present circumstances, however, was to 
develop a constructive policy, and this was perhaps more necessary in the 
case of the teaching of geometry than in other subjects. Euclid's order is 
a cause of great difficulty. He seems to have first obtained his propositions, 
and then sdfter much reflection to have arranged them in groups without 
reference to the order of discovery. The speaker was once present at a 

{>rize distribution and heard the chairman, after first disclaiming all reool- 
ection of his mathematics, go on to say that there was one proposition which 
had left a great impression on his mind of the magnitude of Euclid's genius. 
This was the construction for an isosceles triangle, in which each of the base 
angles is double the vertical angle (Euc. IV. 10). On thinking the matter 
over, it seemed to the speaker that the probable course of ideas was this : 
Euclid started with the idea of constructing a regular pentagon. It at once 
became evident that the construction depended on the construction of an 
isosceles triangle of the kind mentioned above. To construct this, Euclid 
examined the relation between the segments of the side of any triangle made 
by the bisector of the angle at the opposite vertex (Euc. VI. 3). Having 
obtained this, he reduced the problem of the construction of the isosceles 
triangle required to the cutting of a straight line into two parts, such that 
the rectangle contained by the whole line and one part is equal to the 
square on the other part, and this he put into the second book, where it 
stands as the eleventh proposition. 

This is perhaps one of the most striking examples of the artificiality of 
Euclid's order, though there are many others, some of which have already 
been mentioned by previous speakers. The real question is. What should 
now be done? The speaker believed that it was absolutely necessary' to 
re-arrange the treatment of the subject in a more natural order, and that 
this order should be discovered by experiment. He had himself attempted 
to teach the subject to a child, ana he was surprised at the amount of 
work that could be done with a pencil, a ruler, a pair of scissors, and 
a piece of paper. For example, he had cut out the angles of a triangle 
and put them together, and asked the child, "How much have you?" 

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The child replied " Half a * round/ " He then took a quadrilateral and cut 
out the angles and put them together. The child called the result a whole 
" round." And so on with a pentagon the angles formed a round and a half. 
The next day the speaker took a triaDgle and produced the sides, and cut 
out the external angles. Putting these together the child said, " You have 
now a whole * round,' the same as you had yesterday for a quadrilateral." 
The next step taken was to put together the external angles of a quadri- 
lateral. Whilst this was being done, the child said, "You will get more 
now than for the triangle," thus showing that he had formed the idea that 
the sum of the angles must increase with the number of sides of the figure. 
When it turned out to be only a " round," the child asked that a five-sided 
figure should next be taken, and when the same result was reached, he 
asked that a ten-sided figure might be tried. When this again gave only a 
*' round," the child seemed to see that the result would be always the same ; 
and in this way the truth of the proposition was stamped upon his mind 
before he was able to understand, or even read, one of Euclid's demon- 
strations. Experimenting in this way, the speaker believed that it would 
be quite possible to discover a more natural order than Euclid's, which 
would present far less difficulty to beginners. 

Before passing away from the subject of Euclid, the speaker wished to 
say something aibout the fifth book of Euclid. Professor Ferry said, in his 
address to the British Association, that the whole of the fifth book of Euclid 
should . be given by simple algebra. And there had recently appeared a 
letter in Nature, signed by 23 mathematical teachers, stating that no one 
now teaches the fifth book of Euclid. The speaker was willing to admit 
that this book, which, with the Lo^c of Aristotle, Professor De Morgan 
described as the two most unexceptionable and unassailable treatises ever 
written, was unsuitable for elementary teaching. For this there was a 
definite reason, viz., that Euclid uses his test for distinguishing between 
ungual ratios to prove properties of eqtud ratios. Now it is evident that 
if Euclid's test (Euc. V. Def. 7) for equal ratios (Euc. V. Def. 5) is a good 
and sound one, it should be possible to deduce from it all properties of equal 
ratios, without using the test for unequal ratios. The neglect to do this 
makes Euclid's proofs artificial and therefore difficult. When the whole argu- 
ment is made to depend on his test for eqital ratios alone, the whole of the 
difficulty of the book is swept away. The great merit of the book is that 
the treatment is applicable both to commensurable and incommensurable 
magnitudes. The algebraic treatment, of which Professor Perry speaks, is 
applicable only to commensurable magnitudes, and this, in the opinion of 
the speaker, should be given to boys as soon as they reach Euc. I. 35, 37 
[parallelograms (triangles) on the same base, and between the same parallels, 
are equal to one another], and they then get for commensurable bases Euc. 
VI. 1 [triangles and parallelograms of the same altitude are to one another 
as their bases]. In like manner Euc. VI. 33 is reached through Euc. III. 26. 

But this mode of developing the subject would not render it unnecessary 
to provide a place for the treatment of incommensurables at a not very 
advanced stage of instruction, and to that treatment there was no better 
introduction than Euclid's fifth book, after it had been modified in the manner 
indicated above. Incommensurables exist and must be dealt with, and in 
the opinion of the speaker they should be dealt with before the calculus is 
commenced, if exact ideas of the theory of limits are ever to be attained. 

Mr. F. E. Marshall said it was some 14 or 15 years since he was last 
present. For more than 30 years he had been gaining experience as to 
what mathematics boys ought to have done between the ages of nine and 
fourteen. There were several things in connection with their subject to 
which he would like to refer. First of all, there was the exceeding badness 
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the fact that boys are then taught by people who in many cases have had 
no mathematical training, whether they be assistant masters in the prepara- 
tory schools or governesses at home. He could not help thinking th&t to 
circulate a notice, describing the way in which they wanted the subject to 
be approached, might be productive of good. The thing that most wants 
saying to those elementary teachers of geometry is, **For goodness sake 
don't let your students see a text-book." He believed that much of the 
failure in jpreometrical teaching of which they complained to-day was due to 
the use of text-books and the want of some preparation in geometrical 
drawing. He thought, with Prof. Hudson, that tnere was a danger of being 
too numerical in the latter. Teaching without a book, the t'Cacher could 
watch the pupil's mind as it grasped each new point put before him, with 
full profit to the pupil and a pleasure to the teacher, in great contrast with 
the profitless tedmm of testing in writing what the pupil had learnt — 
and perhaps not half understood— from a text-book. In vivd voce the pupil 
approaches a new theorem by the method of anal;^8i8 — the natural method 
of discovery — and afterwards throws his proof into Euclid's synthetical 
form. He pleaded that some attention might be given to the teaching of 
arithmetic. He felt much might be got from attention to two or three 
simple things. They should try to get the elementary teachers to deal 
thoroughly with the decimal notation. They should go straight from 
decimal integers to decimal fractions, and not, as they so frequently do, 
introduce decimal fractions as a distinct subject after vulgar fractions. They 
ought to prepare the way for later teaching and the use of approximate 
methods. Thus, in multiplication, they should always multiply first by the 
highest digit. The pupils should be trained to see the working of the metric 
system, not merelpr the conversion from that system to anoUier. He con- 
sidered the teaching of rapidity of computation to be one of the most 
valuable things they did. By making a boy do the simplest processes with 
extreme rapicuty, his power of fixing his attention is very quid cly improved. 
His mind gives a quicker response to any external stimulus. With regard 
to algebra, as Professor Hudson says, it should be third, and the foundations 
for it should be soundly laid in the teaching of arithmetic. They, in public 
schools, received boys who professed to solve quadratic equations, and yet were 
unable to work out correctly simple questions in vulgar or decimal fractions. 
It seemed to him that they should try to formulate their desires in the matter 
of geometry, and then leave the matter of a text-book to come later. It 
took such a long time to get a text-book or syllabus agreed upon. Could 
they not get the examining bodies to sanction a little change, and so proceed 
little by little ? If they could first get the examining bodies to cut out a 
few of the things they all objected to, they could then ask for more. He 
felt there was a great danger in asking too much at once. 

Mr. R M. Luigley agreed cordially with the previous speakers so far as 
they agreed with one another. He especially agreed that they ought not to 
wait for big things, though of coarse he hop^ they might influence ex- 
aminers. They ought to set to work on experimental courses that would 
help to make boys see what their mathematics meant They had, as the 
A.I.G.T., made a great mistake in asking that no text-book might be 
authorized — it was too revolutionary a step for the authorities. One of the 
chief difficulties would come with the teachers, especially with the junior 
teachers. It would be nogood saying to them, " Go and teach experimental 

geometry straight off." They would sav at once, " Very well, how are we to 
o it ?" As to text-books, of course, the boys would oe able to do without 
the text-book if the teacher could. (Laughter.) There could be no doubt 
that every branch of mathematics should be illustrated as far as possible 
from other branches. There are no water-tight compartments in mathematics. 
He used to be stared at when he first asked a boy solving equations, " What 

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axiom are you usiog there V* As if axioms were only used in Euclid. Boys 
should certainly be encouraged to test their answers. He did not know 
whether they knew Professor Perry's story of the postage stamp. A Cam- 
bridge undergraduate was asked how many postage stamps would be required 
to cover the walls of a room — the Senat«e house, perhaps — and after a great deal 
of work the answer 1, with a decimal running to some twenty or more places, 
was produced. (Laughter.) He had one of his own almost as good, when 
he (the speaker) started teaching the metric system he held up a boxwood 
metre ana, explaining to the class that a kilometre was a thousand of those, 
he asked how long a man would take to get from his house to a station a 
kilometre away, walking at the rate of four miles an hour. The answers 
varied from six weeks down to 1*1057 of a minute. 

Professor Lodge had shown them a case of the graphic solution of a 
quadratic equation from Cremona. That had been given in Leslie's Oeometry, 
where it was said to have been suggested by a student of Leslie's — Ifr. 
Thomas Carlyle, an ingenious young mathematunan — so that the solution 
shown them on the board was invented by Thomas Carlyle. 

He did not think problems of construction should be entirely separated 
from the theorems. Phev should teach the student a theorem and then say 
to him, " Now, what good, can you get from it ?" They ought to let boys try 
things with one little difficulty on their own account. As for rapiaity of 
computation, computation should be rapid, otherwise its value is gone ; 
no advance would nave been made over quite early times. He (the speaker) 
had been shown a little pamphlet which contained an Old English translation 
of some precepts on aritnmetic that had originally been given in Latin verse. 
He had not troubled about the Latin verse, but he had been abl,e to make 
something of the translation. Addition and subtraction were taken, and 
then the author goes on to "duplation," or multiplying by two. Next he 
takes in division by two, or '^ dimidiation." As an intellectual exercise this 
method is excellent, as they would soon be convinced if, beginning at the 
right hand side and working towards the left, they tried to divide any 
number by two. It will give still greater intellectual training if they divided 
by three or some higher number in the same way, but the British parent has 
a right to expect his boy to be able to calculate rapidly and well. He 
considered it a great thing in teaching youngsters to have figures outlined 
with movable rods, so as to get the idea of moving and varying quantity 
into them. Various little helps may be given to the pupils. You may get 
the idea of the three angles ot a triangle being together equal to two right 
angles by making a paper triangle, folding in the three angles, and then 
you actually see they make two right angles. 

[The speaker illustrated these by brown paper figures, jointed rods, etc.] 

Dr. F. S. Macanlay said the invitation which had been given to Prof. 
Lodge was from the committee formed at the Glasgow meeting of the 
British Association. Although the Council of the Mathematical Association 
had not yet formed a committee, they had started to form one. The idea 
that the Council had was that they would like to get a large number of 
schools near London represented upon the committee, so that they might 
have as members those who would be able to attend the meetings. The 
committee would be formed mainly of those who were engaged in some form 
of elementary teaching. 

The subject was a very difficult one. They could not hope to revolutionize 
the teaching of mathematics. If thev could get some reforms they ought to 
be satisfied, and they ought not to be disappointed if their efforts did not 
realize what some people seemed to expect. 

He, personally, was most interested in geometrv. He did not altogether 
agree with what had been said. A document had been issued, signed D^^ 23 
masters in public schools, which had been communicated to the Committee 

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of the British Association, in which a good many valuable suggestions 
were made. The first suggestion was one on which they all seemed to be 
agreed : — '* That the most practical direction of reform is towards a wide 
extension of accurate drawing and measuring.'' Directly we get beyond that, 
however, we get on to dangerous ground ; we are advised to omit such pro- 
positions of Euclid as do not "serve as landmarks." That is not clear. 
Again : — " We can well dispense with many propositions in the first book." 
It seemed to him (the speaker) that, with tne exception of constructions, 
all the propositions in the first book were landmarks. "The third book 
is both easy and interesting." He agreed, but it is not so easy and inter- 
esting as the first book. The second book certainly is very difficult, and if 
it could be dispensed with altogether so much the better. " Euclid proves 
several propositions, whose truth is obvious to all but the most stupid, or the 
most intellectual.'' He did not know what this meant, for the propositions 
which seemed to be indicated were not those which were very difficult. 
They were, then, to trust to the boy himself to say whether a proposition 
was evident or not, and to treat him as if he were a geometer of the highest 

He considered the fifth book of Euclid specially important because it 
does deal with incommensurables. He believed that the methods in the 
fifth book afforded the most useful and the most easy way of introducing 
boys to the ideas of incommensurables. The fact that incommensurables 
can be dealt with in geometry as well as in algebra gave them a choice 
as to which way should be used first It seemed to him that the fifth 
book is really one of the most important parts of Euclid, if not the most 
important part. 

MX. G. Godfrey agreed as to the importance of practical geometry. At 
the same time riders of the ordinary type formed a valuable exercise. 
A greater number of bovs should be able to attain to the power of doine 
riders. But this would always be a slow business. He, as a practicid 
teacher, was constantly met with the impossibility of finding time. He 
laid the blame upon the necessity of teacning a great number of proposi- 
tions. They would gain by omitting a fair number of the propositions. 
Restriction m the use of compasses was a restriction they were not com- 
pelled to keep up. Was not proposition I. 7 rather difficult and unneces- 
sary ? When they came to areas again, several propositions might be cut 
out. The use of the ordinary draughtsman's rule would get them out of 
several of the difficulties to which Prof. Lod^e had referred. They might, 
too, adopt the French method of taking the third book before the second. In 
Book III. there were many worrying propositions. He always found a 
difficulty in proving that two circles cannot meet in four points. Mr. H. M. 
Taylor, indeed, confessed that it is impossible to draw figures which will be 
satisfactory in propositions of that kind. With regard to the second book, 
he was inclined to treat it algebraically. He admitted that he had tried it 
so, and had not been quite satisfied with the experiment. He found the 
boys' minds were not sufficiently developed at that stage, but anticipated 
that this difficulty would not arise if the Book II. were taken after Book III. 
There was a strong argument for treating the second book algebraically. In 

geometrical conies no one would attempt to deal a problem without algebra, 
^ne should not prohibit algebra, thougn the bulk of the proof might not be 
algebra. As for the fourth book, he had found the proofs very tedious when 
he was learning them. In the fifth and sixth books it is clear that simple 
algebraical or arithmetical treatment would meet the case of commensurables. 
Need they be strict about incommensurables at that stage? In their 
algebraic teaching, had they not made such assumptions as that ^/2 x V3 
equalled >/3 x ^/2? You cannot prove that unless you make some very 
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assumption if the^ confined their treatment of the sixth book to the com- 
mensurable quantities. The time for a more thorough treatment would be 
during the study of limits and convergent processes. Prof. Lodge's sugges- 
tion as to the constant use of squared paper he considered a very good one. 
In giving problems on areas a diflSculty might occur as to the form in which 
to put the exercise. Suppose it is a trapeziimi whose area has to be calculated, 
squared paper might he very useful here. One may give the class the co- 
ordinates of the angular points, and from those the pupils may draw the 
trapezium. A graduated series of exercises can be set in this way. 

Then there was the question as to the need of practising manipulation. A 
good teacher could give his class valuable practice orally. But if skill in 
manipulation is proposed as the object to be aimed at, many teachers would 
probably set long rows of sums from a book. He thought they should say 
rather less about facility of manipulation, and that the stress should be laid 
rather on the imderstanding of the process. 

Mr. T. Wilson recommended the working of riders from the beginning. 
He would go through the first 48 propositions in the Harpur Euclid, and then 
proceed to one of the foreign manuals. That of Luvini, an Italian, he 
believed to be excellent. He did not agree with that speaker who advo- 
cated slowness in learning mathematics. He would like pupils to attaiu 
more rapidly than now some knowledge of solid geometry. He remembered 
he himself went right through the second book of Euclid thinking that a 
rectangle was a right angle. There was this to be said, however, in his 
favour, he used an old edition of Simson's Euclid, and in it a rectangle was 
nowhere defined. He did not see how they were to do without text-books. 
Very clever boys should have access to a good text-book : such boys would 

fo on rapidlv without a teacher's help. They all lived upon a sphere, and 
new something about geography, and boys found no difficulty in under- 
standing latitude and longituae — the co-ordinates of a sphere defining a 
point, and somewhat more difficult to understand than plane Cartesian 

He himself had been a pupil of Prof, de Morgan, and wished he had paid 
more attention to his instruction. De Morgan made the conception of 
negative quantities, the difierentia between arithmetic and algebra. Boys 
knew the difference between north and south, and from that should have 
no difficult in grasping the idea of " plus " and " minus." 

Ml, T. J. Gaxstaiig confessed to l^ing somewhat in the position of the 
outside assistant master. A member had expressed the wisn to see some 
evidence of progress in the teaching of mathematics. Well, he happened 
to be in a school^ where, in the absence of a governing body, the teaching 
was not fettered by tradition. Boys and girls were taught in the same 
classes together ; both ladies and gentlemen were engaged to teach them. 
They would gather from that statement that very little attention had been paid 
to prejudice. He taught mathematics in this school, but he had approached 
mathematics from the side of science. Consequently, it seemed to him that 
experimental methods were obviously the right ones to adopt "When you 
think how easy it is for a boy to describe a circle with a pair of compasses, 
cut it out in cardboard, and then weigh it in a scale, you also see that the boy 
may learn his formula and verify it. So much can be done by such experi- 
mental methods, in the way of laying a foundation, on which one can build 
afterwards. He had been much influenced in his logical methods by Prof. 
Karl Pearson's Grammar of Science, Among other things this author 
discusses the fundamental axioms of Newton, and deals also with the 
metaphysical way in which the word *' force" has been used. A large 
part of children's difficulties arises through attempts made to remember 

ipThe school alluded to was Bedales School, Petersfield, Hants, recently removed 
from Hayward's Heath.] 

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definitions of words, when these definitions are not at all intelligible to 
them. Many of them have put down " force " as " that which communicates 
motion to bodies '' without understanding what it means. One can get an 
idea of '* force '' sufficient for work, by treating it purely as a quantity in 

In logic, the training should go on quite gradually, and ought not to 
impede the children's powers of OMervation. He had adopted in the higher 
forms the text-book issued bpr the Association ; in the lower, no text-lxx£ at 
all was used. From the pomt of view of not usin^ a text-book, he might 
tell them that no text-books were used for any subject in the lowest forms 
of the school. In modern languages the children learnt to sing easy songs 
and to talk about common things in the modern tongue, before seeins a 
single word of print. He considered Prof. Chrystal's Introditctton to Algdmi 
far ahead of all other elementary text-books ; the idea of co-ordinates is there 
given quite clearly. Co-ordinates occur in the first edition of "Wood's 
Algebra about 1831, but drop out on revision by Lund ; and it seemed to 
him that between 1831 and lb98 little or no progress had been made in this 
direction. In algebra all the work in division ought to be postponed till the 
boy had learut the method of detached coefficieuts. Prof. ChrystaFs order 
is much more instructive, and gets the pupil on more quickly. With regard 
to examinations, examiners have to try to find questions which have never 
been set before. They endeavoured in his school to get a boy on to some 
work in which he would be interested, such as electricity ; he hoped to be 
able to teach the fundamental notions and a working knowledge of the 
calculus, so that a pupil might use his knowledge in the practical affairs of 
life when he left school. Several hundred years had passed since Cocker's 
Arithmetic^ and yet the questions now set were very much like those there 
given. What was the good of them ? Any boy well taught can do the purely 
arithmetical part ; what he does, not know in questions on stocks, etc., is. 
Why do shares rise or fall ? and. What is the meaning of broker's commis- 
sion ? As part of their own work, the boys were taken out for elementary 
surveying. All had to go through the carpenter's shop, and through the 
laboratory — boy or girl. When a child had done that, tnere is no difficulty 
in teaching him decimals. He has a pair of forceps, the weights of the 
metric system are before him, varying in size and sometimes of different 
metals, and he can hardly help putting them in their proper places. 

Professor Lodge, in reply, thought the use of squared paper would grow if 
a proper supply were always at hand. 

He had been asked by Mr. Wilson to show what he meant by a 
hypothetical construction. Take Props. 24 and 25 of Book I. Suppose 
ABCy ABD are the two triangles, with common side AB^ and with AC^ADy 
but the angle CAB greater than DAB. If the bisector AE of the angle 
CAD is drawn, cutting BC in jb\ we have BC==BE+ED>BD. The truth 
of this is quite independent of whether the pupil knows how to bisect an 
angle. If the bisector is drawn the theorem becomes evident. That is 
what is meant by a hypothetical construction. [Note. — In some of the 
French Oeometriea these propositions immediately follow Euc. I. 4, with 
which they are evidently connected. This would have been impossible if it 
were necessary to elaborate a method of constructing a bisector oefore being 
entitled to use it] 

Professor Hudson had suggested that the definition of an angle should 
be the modern one : the rotary one. If you permit this you could prove 
Euclid I. 32 as early as vou please. For if a line, initially coinciding with 
ACD, revolve about A through the angle A and then about B through the 
angle B, the angle (BCD) which it now makes with its initial position must 
be equal to the sum of the angles A and B through which it nas revolved. 
[Professor Hudson had stat^ that the exterior angles were shown 

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equal to four right angles by taking three chairs and walking once round 

Professor Lodge, resuming, said a reduction in the number of propositions 
could be made if a proposition and its converse were lumped into one, and a 
further simplification would be made if constructions were put in a different 
part of the book from theorems. 

With regard to incommensurables, he considered they were not fitted 
for elementary subjects nor for practiod work. 

Rapidity of computation became interesting to boys if they were taught 
to emulate each other at the proper stage. He wished to call their 
attention to the fact that the Board of Education would issue, free, as many 
tables of four-figure logarithms as they liked. 

He hoped the committee which was being formed would be able to make 
valuable suggestions to the B.A. Committee. Thej^ would be ^lad to 
receive suggestions from any members of the Association ; and if these 
were sent to Mr. Pendlebury, no doubt he would see that they came before 
the committee. 


To the Committee appointed by the British Association to Report upon the 
Teaching o/Mem>entary Mathematics, 

Gentlemen, — At the invitation of one of your own body, we venture to 
address to you some remarks on the problems with which you are dealing, 
from the point of view of teachers in public schools. 

As regards geometry, we are of opinion that the most practical direction 
for reform is towards a wide extension of accurate drawing and measuring in 
the geometry lesson. This work is found to be easy and to interest boys ; 
while many teachers believe that it leads to a logical habit of mind more 
gently and naturally than does the sudden introduction of a rigid deductive 

It is clear that room must be found for this work by some unloading else- 
where. It may be felt convenient to retain Euclid ; but perhaps the amount 
to be memorised might be curtailed by omitting all propositions except such 
as may serve for landmarks. We can well dispense with many propositions 
in the first book. The second book, or whatever part of it we may think 
essential, should be postponed till it is needed for III. 35. The third book 
is easy and interesting ; but Euclid proves several propositions whose truth 
is obvious to all but the most stupid and the most intellectual. These pro- 
positions should be passed over. The fourth book is a collection of pleasant 
problems for geometrical drawing ; and, in many cases, the proofs are tedious 
and uninstructive. No one teaches Book Y. A serious question to be 
settled is — how are we to introduce proportion? Euclid's treatment is 
perhaps perfect. But it is clear that a simple arithmetical or algebraical 
explanation covers everything but the case of incommensurables. Now tiiis 
case of incommensurables, though in truth the general case, is tacitly passed 
over in every other field of elementary work. Much of the theorv of similar 
figures is clear to intuition. The subject provides a multitude of easy exer- 
cises in arithmetic and geometrical drawing ; we run the risk of making it 
difficult of access by ffuuxling the approaches with this formidable theory of 
proportion. We wisn to suggest that Euclid's theory of proportion is 
properly part of higher mathematics, and that it shall not in future form 
part of a course of elementary geometry. To sum up our position with 
regard to the teaching of geometry, we are of opinion : 

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1. That the subject should be made arithmetical and practical hy the 

constant use of instruments for drawing and measuring. 

2. That a substantial course of such experimental work should precede 

any attack upon Euclid's text. 

3. That a considerable number of Euclid's propositions should be 

omitted ; and in i>articular 

4. That the second book ought to be treated slightly, and postponed till 

III. 35 is reached. 

5. That Euclid's treatment of proportion is unsuitable for elementary 


Arithmetic might well be simplified by the abolition of a good many rules 
which are eiven in text-books. Elaborate exercises in vulgar fractions are 
dull and of doubtful utility ; the same amount of time given to the use of 
decimals would be better spent. The contracted methods of multiplying 
and dividing with decimals are probably taught in most schools ; when 
these rules are understood, there is little left to do but to apply them. 
Four-figure logarithms should be explained and used as soon as possible ; a 
surprismg amount of practice is needed before the pupil uses tables with 

It is generally admitted that we have a dut^ to perform towards the 
metric system ; this is best discharged by providing all bo^s with a centi- 
metre scale, and giving them exercise in verifying geometrical proposij^ions 
by measurement. Perhaps we may look forward to a time when an elemen- 
tary mathematical course will include at least a term's work of such easy 
experiments in weighing and measuring as are now carried on in many 
schools under the name of Physics. 

Probably it is right to teach square root as an arithmetical rule. It is 
unsatisfactory to deal with surds unless they can be evaluated, and the 
process of working out a scjnare root to five places provides a telling intro- 
duction to a discourse on incommensurables ; furthermore it is very con- 
venient to be able to assume a knowledge of square root in teaching graphs. 
The same rule is needed in dealing with mean proportionals in geometry. 

Cube root is harder and should be postponed until it can be studied as a 
particular case of Homer's method of solving equations approximately. 

Passing to algebra, we find that a teacher's chief difficulty is the tendency 
of his pupils to use their symbols in a mechanical and unintelligent way. A 
boy may be able to solve equations with great readiness without having 
even a remote idea of the connection between the number he obtains and 
the equation he started frouL And throughout his work he is inclined to 
regara algebra as a very arbitrary afiEair, involving the application of a 
number of fanciful rules to the letters of the alphabet. 

If this diagnosis is accepted, we shall be led naturally to certain con- 
clusions. It will follow that elementary work in algebra should be made to 
a great extent arithmetical The pupil should be brought back continually 
to numerical illustrations of his work. The evaluations of complicated 
expressions in a, 6, and c may of course become wearisome ; a better way of 
giving this very necessary practice is by the tracing of easy graphs. Such 

an exercise as plotting the graph ^=2j;---, provides a series of useful 

arithmetical examples, which have the advantage of being connected 
together in an interesting way. Subsequently, curve-tracing gives a valu- 
able interpretation of the solutions of equations. Experience shows that this 
work is found to be easy and attractive. 

With the desire of conoentratinff the attention of the pupil on the meaning 
rather than the form of his algebraical work, we shaU be led to postpone 
certain branches of the subject to a somewhat later stage than is usual at 
present Long division, the rule for h.g.f., literal equations, and the like. 

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will be studied at a period when the meaning of algebra has been sufficiently 
inculcated hy arithmetical work. Then, and not till then, will be the time 
to attend to questions of algebraic form. 

But at no early stage can we afford to forget the danger of relapse into 
mechanical work. For this reason it is much to be wished that examining 
bodies would agree to lay less stress upon facility of manipulation in algebra. 
Such facility can generally be attainea by practice, but probably at the price 
of diminished interest and injurious economy of thought. The educational 
value of the subject is sacrificed to the perfecting of an instrument which in 
most cases is not destined for use. 

To come to particulars, we think that undue weight is often eiven to such 
subjects as algebraic fractions and factors. The only types of ractors which 
crop up contmually are those of or* -a', a^±2ax+a% and, generally, the 
quadratic function of x with numerical coefficients. 

In most elementary algebra books there is a chapter on Theory of Quad- 
ratic Equations, in which a good deal of attention is paid to symmetric 
functions of roote of quadratics. No further use is to be made of this till the 
analytical theory of conies is being studied. Might not the theory of 
quadratics be deferred till it can be dealt with in connection with that of 
equations of higher degree ? 

Indices ms^ be treated very slightly. The interpretation of negative and 
fractional indices must of course precede any attempt to produce logarithms ; 
but when the extension of meaning is fi[rasped, it is not necessary to spend 
much more time on the subject of inmces ; we may push on at once te the 
use of tables. 

It will be seen that our recommendations under the head of Algebra are 
corollaries of two or three simple guiding thoughts ; the object in view being, 
— to discourage mechanical work ; the means suggested, — to postpone the 
more abstract and formal topics and, broadly speaking, to arithmeticise the 
whole subject. 

The omission of part of what is commonly taught will enable the pupil to 
study, concurrently with Euclid VI., a certain type of diluted trigonometry 
which is found to be within the power of every sensible boy. He will be 
told what is the meaning of sine, cosine, and tangent of an acute angle, and 
will be set te calculate these functions for a few angles by drawing and 
measurement. He will then be shown where to find the functions tabulated, 
and his subsequent work for that term will consist, largely in the use of 
instrumente, tables, and common-sense. A considerable choice of problems 
is available at once. He may solve right-angled triangles, work sums on 
"heights and distances," plot the graphs of functions of angles, and make 
some progress in the general solution of triangles by dividing the triangle 
into right-angled triangles. Only two trigonometrical identities should oe 

introduced — Bin*^-hcos*^=l, and a==tan 0. In short, the work should be 


arithmetic, and not algebra. 

Formal algebra cannot be postponed indefinitely ; perhaps now will be the 
time to return to that nef^lected science. We might introduce here a revision 
course of algebra, bringing in literal equations, irrational equations, and 
simultaneous quadratics, illustrated by graphs, partial fractions, and binomial 
theorem for positive integral index. Side by side with this it ought to be 
possible to do some easy work in mechanics. Graphical statics ma^ be made 
very simple ; if it is taken up at this stage, it might be well to begin with an 
experimental verification of the parallelogram of forces, though some teachers 
prefer to follow the historical order and start from machines and parallel 
forces. Dvnamics is rather more abstract ; a first course ought probably to 
be confined to the dynamics of rectilinear motion. 

It is not necessary to discuss any later developments. The plan we have 

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advocated will have the advantage of bringiug the pupil at a comparatively 
early stage within view of the elements of new subjects. Even if this is 
effected at the sacrifice of some deftness in handling a, b, and c, one may hope 
that the gain in interest will be a motive power of sufficient strength to carry 
the student over the drudgery at a later stage. Some drudgery is inevitable 
if he is ultimately to make any use of mathematics. But it mast be borne in 
mind that this will not be required of the great majority of boys at a pablic 
school. — We beg to remain, Gentlemen, yours faithfully, 

G. M. Bell, Winchester ; H. H. Champion, Uppingham ; H. Crab- 
TRBB, Charterhouse ; F. W. Dobbs, Eton ; C. Godfrey, Win- 
chester ; H. T. Holmes, Merchant Taylors' School ; 
G. H. J. Hurst, Eton ; C. H. Jones, Uppingham ; 
H. H. Kemble, Charterhouse ; T. Kensington, Winchester ; 
£. M. Lanolet, Bedford Modem School ; R Levbtt, King 
Edward's School, Birmingham ; J. W. Marshall, Charterhouse ; 
L. Marshall, Charterhouse ; C. W. Patne, Merchant Taylors' 
School ; E. A. Price, Winchester ; D. S. Shorto, Rugby ; 
A. W. SiDDONS, Harrow ; R C. Slater, Charterhouse ; 
H. C. Steel, Winchester ; C. O. Tucket, Charterhouse ; 
F. J. Whipple, Merchant Taylors' School. 


Ohoice and Chance, with 1000 Ezerciaes. By Prebendary W. A. Whit- 
worth. Fifth Edition, much enlarged. Pp. viiL, 342. 6s. 1901. (Deighton, 

This interesting volume " contains some 45 pages more than its predecessor.'* 
" The most important addition in the body oi the work is the very far-reaching 
theorem which enables us to write down at sight the value of snch functions 
as a', a*p*, a/37... when a, ^, 7... are the parts into which a given magnitnde 
is divided at random." The ezerciBes at the end are increased to 1000. 
Prebendaiy Whitworth's work is too well known to require further comment. 

Algebra for Jnnior Students. By Telford Vablet. Pp. viii., 152. is. 

1901. (Allman.) 

This little book covers '*all examinations intended for youn^jer students." 
It is thoughtfully written and better than most of its class. It is a pity tiiat 
detached coefficients are not taught as early as possible, and that the solution 
of quadratics by splitting into factors is not mentioned. When the author 
states in his preface that the contents may be mastered in two years, we 
despair of mathematical teaching in this country and heartily sympathise with 
Professor Perry. There is no reason why the contents should not be mastered 
in two terms at most. 

Elementary Alfebra. By Robert Graham. Third Edition. Pp. viii, 312 
(34). 6s. 1901. (Longmans, Green.) 

This edition contains some 28 i>age8 more than in the first edition. The 
best chapters in this book are those dealing with imaginary quantities, 
imaginary factors, and '*more difficult e<)uations." The author does not teach 
the use of detached coefficients, but he is "advanced" enough to use deter- 
minants in certain equations of three unknowns, though we cannot see why 
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3. We have seen the connection between the general theory of 
verniers and the indeterminate equation of the form pn - qm = r ; 
the equation pn+qm^^r might oe illustrated in much the same 
way. But, taking the case originally considered, we observe 
that it is the same question as before, from a different point of 
view, if instead of starting with an interval AB between divi- 
sions of two contiguous scales, and asking how far we must go 
to reach a coincidence, we suppose the zeros of two scales to 
coincide and ask how far we have to go to reach a certain 
interval, between divisions of the two. The question only differs 
in so far as it suggests the simultaneous consideration of more 
than one such interval. But further if, instead of repeated 
divisions of each kind, we take a circle whose entire circum- 
ference = one of the larger divisions, a say, and from a fixed 
point A on the circumference mea>sure off continually arcs = to 
the smaller division 6, (figs. 5, 6), the question how far we have 
to go to reach a certain approximation to the starting point is 
the same thing in another form, although the arrangement 
brings to light many new relations, which in their turn throw 
light on the result. We have the subdivisions of the different 
a-intervals superposed as it were upon one a-interval, and the 
circle is thus continually divided into more and more parts until 
(if a and 6 are commensurable) exact coincidence with the 
starting point is reached. But while the distance x of the pth 
point of division from A the starting point, (supposing p such 
intervals to involve q circuits), is defined by the same equation 
p6 «- 5a = a? as the distance involved in the vernier problem, there 
are important results, which did not before present themselves, 


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founded on the consideration of the way in which the circum- 
ference is continually split off into smaller portions as the process 
of division goes on, by points which, though not consecutive in 
the order in which they are taken, come near together on the 
circumference of the circle. These results depend on the obvious 
principle that if the hih point of division comes at a certain 
distance from the kth, the h+tih will come at the same distance 
from the k+lth, (whatever these numbers may be). In particular 
no interval can occur between any two points, which has not 
already occurred between some point and A, So again if, after 
inserting 2? points, we rea^h a point at a distance x from A, the 
next p points will occur at distances x, respectively, from the 
first p. Thus when, in our first circuit, we reach a point B, 
(fig. 5), at an interval c, (< 6) from A, (supposing a = m6 + c), 
the next m points will occur at the same distance c, respectively. 

from the first m, and so on. Supposing 6 = m'c+d, {d<c), m' 
circuits will be thus spent in cutting off successive portions d 
from the ft-divisions, until ea<;h is divided into m' parts = c, and 
one = d When (7 (fig. 6) is thus reached, we have the whole 
circumference divided into parts of lengths c, d ; and the num- 
bers of these parts being mm' + 1 and m, or p' and p say ; 

a = {mmf -I- 1 )c -I- md —p'c +pd. 

But the first of these d-segments will be adjacent to A, being 
that between A and (7, where C is the pth point from A. Then 
and not till then shall we reach a point nearer to A than B was. 
If q' be the corresponding number of circuits, ( = m'+l), 
p'b-'q'a = d, (as indeed qa^pb = c, where 9=1). 

It is not difficult to see that after the further stage shown in 
fig. 6 is reached, as described above, a like process will be 
repeated. In the figure m = 5, m'=3, and, dealing with actual 
numbers, we have there, at the insertion of the 20th point of 
division, 16 c-intervals and 5 d-intervals ; and the next 16 points 

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will cut off a length d from each c, and so on, (for the 20th 
point being at that distance from the 4th the 21st will come 
at the same distance from the 5th, etc., etc.). Suppose that 
c = 4d+e, {e<d). Then the insertion of 4x16 or 64 points 
after (7, (bringing us up to No. 84), will leave the circumference 
divided into 64 + 5, or 69 points each = cZ, with 16 each = e. But 
the first of the e-di visions will occur next to A, (on the side of 
J5), when the 69th point is introduced ; while it is obvious that 
until then we shall never again be so near to -4, as we were at C. 
After No. 84 we shall have a similar cycle of subdivision, 
ending when the circumference is completely divided into parts 
equal either to e or to the next smaller division, and so on 
continually. Segments of three diiferent lengths will occur 
at intermediate stages. 

The general law involved is not difficult to trace. Perhaps 
the regularity of the process is least obvious, when we come to 

one of the series m^m/ , which = 1. If e.gr. m' = l, or the 

division c (introduced with the fifth point in fig. 5), were > |6, 
the next smaller division d would be introduced by the insertion 
of the very next point; but the cycle would be still quite 
regular, only somewhat compressed, reducing simply to its final 
stage, corresponding to that from C to (7 in the actual case. 
Using suffixes, the general result may be formulated as follows. 
After reaching a stage when the circumference is divided into 
Pr parts each = ay_i and pr^i parts each = ar, (so that we have 
Prar-i+Pr-i(ir = <^)t the succccding points of division will cut 
off* from each of the larger segments in succession a part equal 
to the smaller, and then from each another like part again, if 
the larger is more than twice the smaller segment, and so on ; 
and not until we begin the cutting off of the last such part, 
(which will happen first with the segment next to -4), shall we 
approach so near to A again as we have already been. When 
the end of this cycle is reached, the circumference will be com- 
pletely divided into portions of lengths a^ and Or+i (< ctr): it is 
not difficult to see that the first introduction of such a new 
smallest segment will be alternately in advance of A and behind 
it, for successive values of r. Supposing 

ar-i = mr+iar+ar+i, (1) 

there will be m^+ijpr points in the complete cycle we are 
considering. Since each introduces a new division a^, and we 
start with j^r-i such, the number of these at its close 

^Pr+i = rnr+iPr+pr-v (2) 

so that, with pr of the smaller divisions left as remainders from 
the old ay_x-di visions, we have 

Pr+iar+prar+i = a , (3) 

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Moreover the first of the ar+rsegments will be that introduced 
between the pr+ith point and A, so that we have finally 

Pr+i6-2r+ia=(-l)''+^ar+i, (4> 

with a proper value of ^r+i. (the sign alternating as pointed out 
above); and it is not difficult to see that the q's follow the same 
law of formation as the jp*s. From the stage defined by (3) 
we proceed as before. Ir a, b are commensurable, we shall 
finally have the entire circumference divided into parts equal 
to the G.c.M. of a and b. 

4. Now these results illustrate graphically, indeed they may 
be said to amount to a graphical proof of, the fundamental 
results in the theory of the convergents to a continued fraction. 
The graphical result we obtained, that after a new shortest 
division next to il is introduced with the prth point, we cannot 
again approach so near to A until the Pr+ith point, as there 
defined, is reached (with the numerical results which follow), 
involves the fact that for values of pr determined in succession 
by means of equations (1), (2) from obvious initial values, we 
have Pfb ^^qra^ay, a quantity smaller than is possible for any 
other value than pr until pr+i is reached ; which is the primary 
result in question. 

By means of equation (3) we can deduce other elementarj'- 
relations. Thus, taking (4) for two consecutive values of r : 

j>^-g^ = (-l)''ar, 

Pr^.b - qr+^a = ( - l)''+ia^+i, 
we deduce 

(i'r?r+i-i?r+i9r)a = (-l)^(2?^+iar+p/lr+i) = (-l)''a> by (3), 
or i>r?r+i-i>r+i?r = (-!)•' (5) 

Hence again, by means of the same pair of equations, 

?r+iar + ?rar+i = (-l)''(Pr?r+i-i?r+i9r)6 = 6, (6) 

a fact which may also be verified graphically. Finally, if (4) be 
taken for three successive values of the suffixes r— 1, r, r+1, 
we have by means of (1), (2) the result 

g'r+l = ^V+i?r + ?r-i, (7) 

although this may also be inferred otherwise. Other points of 
interest might be mentioned, such as the consideration of the 
divisions answering to " intermediate convergents," but the above 
are the results which follow most naturally from the graphical 
point of view. 

Percy J. Heawood. 
Durham, October^ 1902. 

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An inhabitant of Flatlaud would not be in the same position with regard to 
elementary geometry as a three-dimensioned being. He could only use super- 
position for figures of the same aspect. I have not met with any discussion 
of the way in which he would prove, say, Euc. I. 6 ; the following seems 
complicated, but at least it shews that the scope of the usual assumption as to 
superposition can be made narrower. 

The list of theorems that do not depend on the case of superposition in 
which a figure has to be taken out of its plane includes the following — cases 
of I. 4 and 26, 1. 13-17, 27-30, 32-41, 43, 47, and the theorems of Book 11. 
The following are excluded— cases of I. 4 and 26, 1. 5-8, 18-21, 24, 25, 48— 
we are to prove them by other means. 

The constructions of I. 9, 11, 12, 46 are not available, but those of I. 1, 2, 
3, 10, 22, 23, 31, 42, 44, 45 may be used. Though we cannot bisect an an^le, 
it is clear that any angle must have a bisector, and only one. The followmg 
may be given as a proof : 

If the angle BAG has no bisector, any line drawn through A between AB 
and AC divides it into unequal parts. Suppose AX to be that line, for 

A A 

which BAX exceeds X AC hxit by the least possible difference, and AY thsit 

A , A 

for which YA C exceeds BA Y but by the least possible difference. 

Then twice BAX > BAX+ XAC > BA (7, 

and twice BAY< BAY+ YAC < BA (7, 
so that BAY < BAX, 

A A 

Draw a line AZ between AX and AYy then if BAZ>ZAC the excess 

<BAX- XAC, and if BAZ<ZAC the defect < YAC- BAY, which is con- 
tr^ry to the supposition. 

Hence the angle BA C must have a bisector. 

The fundamental assumption in this proof is that any angle, however 
small, can be divided into parts. 

By taking BAG to be a flat angle we have as a corollaiy that at any point 
in any straight line there is a perpendicular. 

Through any external point a parallel to this passes. Thus there is one 
perpendicular (and only one) to any given straight line from any point, 
whether in it or outside it. 

Now let AB h% any finite straight line, AD, 
BC perpendiculars to it at vl, Z? whose lengths 
are equal U> AB. The figure ABCD is a paral- 
lelogram (I. 33), and in fact a square. On anv 
straight line there are two squares, one on each 
side, out these are equal in area (I. 36), and thus 
the "area of the square on a straight line" is 
an unambiguous expression. Similarly for a 

Thus though we may not construct perpen- 
diculars and squares, we may, for the purpose of 
proving theorems, suppose them drawn, since 
they certainly exist. 

(a) Jjet ABC be a triangle in which AB—AG 
Suppose AB to be the bisector of the angle J. 
Then shall AD bisect BC at right angles. 

Let BP, CQ be the perpendiculars from B, C to AD. 
or AC. 

Cut o^ AD^^AB 

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The triangles BAD, DA C are congruent, so that BD=DC, 

Hence 2AP .AD^AB^+AD^-^BD^ (II. 12 or 13) 


Hence AP=AQ (1. 34 and 40). 

Hence . BP=QC (I- 47). 

Snice AP^AQ, Pand Q coincide, and thus the proposition is proved. 
It follows that the perpendicular from A to BC bisects the angle A and 
the line BC, and that the median from A bisects the angle A and is perpen- 
dicular to BC. 

(b) Now let EFG, HFG be two triangles on opposite sides of FG, having 
EF^HF and the angles EFG, GFH equal. Then shall the triangles be 

equal in all respects. 

Draw EH cutting FG, produced if need be, in 
R. By (a), FG bisects EH^X right angles. 



(I. 47). 

Since EGH is isosceles GR bisects the angle 
EGH. Hence the angles EGF, FGH are equal. 
The third angles are equal (I. 32) and the 
areas (I. 38). 

The second (symmetrical) case of I. 4, and 
I. 5, follow at once from this. I. 5 could also be 
deduced from (a) and I. 32. 

For 1. 8 in the symmetrical case put the bases 
together and use I. 5. In the congruent case 
compare the triangles with a symmetrical one. 
In the symmetrical case of I. 26, which includes I. 6, compare the triangles 
with a third, made symmetrical with one of them by I. 23 and 3. 

A. C. Dixos. 


119. [I. IS. b. a; 17. c] 

Rule for finding the number of quarts not greater than a given number 
N (a quart being a number which cannot be expressed as the sum of one, 
two, or three squares). 

1. Express N in the binary scale, and let its digits, commencing with the 
unit-digit, be Oq, a^, 04, Oj, etc. (Of course each a is either or 1.) 

2. In this expression for N note sequences of three I's ; but only count 
such sequences of three as end with the unit-digit, or with a digit an even 
number of places from the unit-digit. Let ^ be the number of these 

3. Then the number of quarts not exceeding N will be 

/i? + (a3-fa6 + a7-f...) + 2(a4 + a8+-) + 4(a5 + a7-f...) 

-|-8(a6 -1-08+...)+ etc. 

Examples of the Ride. 

Ex, 1. To find the number of quarts not exceeding 125. 

125 = 1111101 binary, and there are two sequences as marked. Hence the 

number of quarts is 

2 + (l + l)+2(l + l) + 4-l + 8-l = 20. 

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Ex. 2. To find the number of quarts not exceeding 167. 

167 = 10100111 binary, and there is one sequence as marked. Hence the 
number of quarts is 

l+(0+l + l) + 2(0+0)+4(l + l) + 8-0+16-l=27. 

iV.^.— These 27 quarts are— 7, 15, 23, 28, 31, 39, 47, 65, 60, 63, 71, 79, 87, 
92, 95, 103, 111, 112, 119, 124, 127, 135, 143, 151, 156, 159, 167. 

W. A. Whitworth, 

Oonrs d' Analyse liathdmatique. Tome I. By it, Goursat. Pp. 620. 

1902. (20fr.) 

This work is practically the r^um^ of a coarse of lectures given by the author 
to the Facalt^ oes Sciences de Paris. The attempt has been made to give in this 
the first volume a general exposition of the properties of functions of real 
variables, the exception being made of those connected with differential equa- 
tions. This part of the subject, however, will be treated in a second volume at 
present in the press. 

As was perhaps to be expected from M. Goursat, the book is one of the most 
pleasing which has appeared recently on the subject in question. The matter 
is treated in a vigorous manner, and its arrangement leaves little to be desired. 
The author assumes that the student has some acquaintance with the elements of 
the calculus, and he also assumes some knowledge of the better known properties 
of irrationals. Whilst admitting that the theory of irrationals ought logically to 
form the ground-work of an exposition of Mathematical Analysis, appeal is made 
to the many well-known works on the subject. 

The contents of the volume are divided primarily into four parts — (1) General 
theorems on differentiation, (2) Integration and properties of Definite Integrals, 
(3) Theory of Series, and (4) Geometrical Applications. 

The first part commences with theorems on continuity and on limits. General 
theorems connected with diflerentiation are then given, some space being devoted 
to a consideration of the properties of Jacobians and of Hessians, and to a dis- 
cussion of various transformations, such as those of contact, for example. 

Taylor's Theorem, and its extension to several variables, together with pro- 
perties of functions connected with it, form the next chapter, while the remainder 
of this part is devoted to a discussion of maxima and minima, and to problems 
connected therewith. 

The second part commences with a close examination into the question of 
continuity from an analytical standpoint. General theorems on integration are 
then given, which are afterwards exemplified by appeal to geometrical intuition. 
After a discussion of ordinary methods of integration the author proceeds to con- 
sider double and multiple integrals, some space being devoted to Green's and 
Stokes' theorems. A few interesting examples of definite integrals are given, 
and "Ihis part concludes with a short account of the integration of total 

The next two chapters are concerned with the theory of series. The first of 
these is occupied with general convergence criteria. For the purpose of obtain- 
ing many of them, use is made of Cauchy's theorem that 

2 <t>{a-{-x) and / <t>{x)dx 
x=o J « 

converge or diverge together. 

There are also given in this part of the work sections on multiple series and on 
series with variable terms. The section on properties of power series is particu- 
larly worthy of note. The division concludes with a discussion of trigonometric 
series, the proof of Fourier's theorem given being Bonnet's modification of that due 
to Lejeune-Dirichlet. 

The remainder of the volume is occupied with general properties of plane and 
twisted curves and of surfaces. 

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An interesting feature of the work m a whole is the number of examples given, 
both solved and unsolved. Those solved seem particularly adapted to illustrate 
the points desired, and the exercises given at the ends of the various chapters 
form a collection which is sure to be extremelv useful. 

Altogether the author is to be congratulated on having produced a very interest- 
ing elementary treatise on Mathematical Analysis, and one which is sure to be 
found widely useful. J. E. Wbioht. 

Elementary (Geometry. W. M. Baker and A. A Boubnk. Pp. viii +211. 
28. 6d. Second Edition revised. 1902. (Bell.) 

The appearance of this and similar books marks an epoch in the history of 
geometry. The time seems to have come when Euclid, considered as an 
introduction to geometrical ideas, must at last be abandoned in this country. 
Even as a system of logic he falls before the searching requirements of the 
modem founders of geometry, and it would appear that the pre-eminent place he 
has occupied for over two thousand years must be vacated. It cannot be without 
a feeling of sentimental regret that we watch him being relegated to antiquity 
while our better judgment bids us welcome the new dispensation. 

The present volume is written on the lines suggested by the Committee of the 
Mathematical Association (see QazeUty May, 190*2), and includes the substance 
of Euclid, Books I., IIL, 1 to 34, and IV., 1 to 5, theorems on loci, mensuration, 
and an appendix on graphs, which, though doubtless a useful introduction to the 
subject, seems rather out of place here. The remainder of the course is to be 
published shortly. 

The recommendations of the Ck>mmittee have been very faithfully followed, and 
the result is in essentials excellent, and should prove extremely useful to 
teachers. The work has been so well done that we are tempted to find fault 
with details which might otherwise have passed unnoticed. For we do not regard 
it as impossible to establish some one standard book on geometry in place of 
Euclid, and are convinced that in the interests of education such a book is very 
much to be desired. But while being based on sound lines and wide knowledge, 
it must be free from superficial blemishes if it is to last for all time, and some 
of these we are constrained to point out in the present volume. 

The definition of a straight Ime has always been a difficulty. To say that it is 
**even*' is only to substitute one adjective for another. It is better not to 
define, but to state the chief property, namely, the unique determination by two 
points. So too the idea of an ansle is distinct from, and not less simple than, the 
idea of amount of turning. It, uke straightness, is a fundamental intuitive idea, 
and should not be defined ; but the association of rotation with it is extremely 
valuable, and it b strange, considering the practical nature of the book, that the 
suggestion of the Committee has not been followed in this case, and that the 
opportunity of '* illustration by rotation *' in dealing with the exterior angles of a 
polygon is missed. A distinction between different directions of rotation should 
be made, as without it the reasoning on page 3 is invalid. 

It seems an unnecessary piece of conservatism to place the equality of right 
angles among the axioms, especially as a proof is given on the next page. 

A list of abbreviations is given on p. 10, which ** may be used* (presumably 
by students) **in writing out propositions." This may be useful in establishincr 
uniformity, but the contmual use of unnecessary abbreviations when not required 
for compactness is disfiguring to the text and annoying to the reader. 

The English language has been called a branch of mathematics, and an English 
text-book should be free from even time-honoured abuses. The word *' shall " as 
used in enunciations is barbarous and unmeaning, and the authors are not even 
consistent in its use. 

A few minor details may be noted. The name pentagon is used on p. 19 and 
defined on p. 24. To pnyve prop. 4 by cutting triangles out of a doMt sheet of 
paper is rather beffffing the question. In the construction of a triangle with 
given sides, it should be pointed out that the circles must ctU, It is surprising 
to come suddenly upon the definition of a chord on p. 171 after frequent use has 
been made of the term and after the definition has been given in its proper place 
at the beginning of Book III. 

The b^k is well supplied with examples both of a theoretical and of a 
practical character. R. W. H. T. Hudson. 

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REVIEWS. 24.5 

Elementary (Geometry. J.Eluott, M.A. 4b. (SwanSonnenschein&Co.) 

This is an attempt to Bupplant Euclid : his form of proof is retained, but his 
order is disregarded ; angles at a point and parallels come first ; the triangle, 
congruent triangles, and an admirable section on the solution of problems ; then 
inequalities, circles, and lastly areas. This order seems excellent in many ways ; 
but, if we are to have much measurement, it will be convenient to take areas 
much earlier, and I. 47, which comes right at the end, should be taken at the 
same time as square root in arithmetic. The explanations of the definitions and 
of the fundamental methods employed, and the hmts about proving theorems and 
solving problems, are all admirable ; in some cases the mathematician may think 
them too obvious to be worth reading, but to the non-mathematician and less 
experienced teacher they will prove of great assistance ; as for the pupil he will 
not read them — they are too long. In fact, the whole bcfok is too Ions and too full 
for actual school use. Such a book ought to be the teacher's companion to a more 
concise book to be placed in the hands of the class. 

An angle is defined as the difference of two directions, and parallel straight 
lines as Tines in the same direction. The author defends these on the grounds 
that they have proved successful in class teaching. Even considering the clear 
illustrations that lead up to the definition of an angle, it is impossible to accept it 
without a shudder. Would it not have been wiser to give the illustrations, and 
say that an angle cannot be satisfactorily defined but that certain axioms will be 

It is a pity the author has not shown how experimental work should be 
interwoven with the formal geometry. Many numerical examples and illustra- 
tions mi|^ht have been eiven. 

The size of the book (there are 268 pages, and the ground covered is only 
Euclid I. -IV.) might have been decreased with advantage by using the usual 
abbreviations. In genera], it is easier to follow a proof in which they are used. 
The printing and fijEpres are not all that could be desired. There are several 
misprints (mostly unimportant, it is true), and in one figure several lines are left 
out. Why is a figure often repeated on the appMite page ? A. W. Siddons. 

A Philosophical Essay on Probabilities. By Pierre Simon, Marquis db 
Laplacjb (translated by F. W. TRUSCorrand F. L. Emory). Pp. iv., 196. 2 dols. 
1902. (WUey, New York ; Chapman & Hall.) 

Probability et Moyennes Q^ometriques. By E. Czuber (translated into 

French by H. Schuermans, with a preface by C. Lagrange). Pp. xii., 244. 
8 fr. 50. 1902. (Hermann, Paris.) 

Wahrscheinlichkeitsrechnung, und ihrer Anwendung aof Fehlerans- 
ideichung. Statistik, and Lebensversichenmg. By E. Czobkr. Part I. 

Pp. 304. 1902. (Teubner, Leipzig.) 

** The gambling fraternity will continue to proclaim their belief in luck — and 
the community on whom they prey will, for the most part, continue to submit to 
the process of plucking, in full belief that they are on their way to fortune." 
Thus wrote R. A. Proctor, in the preface to his serious and amusing little volume, 
Chance and Luck. A member of the gambling fraternity who purchases any of 
the above publications with a view to improving his chances on the turf, at Monte 
Carlo, or in the Continental lotteries, will be as edified as was the too confiding 
farmer who bought Ruskin On Sheepfolds. An angel from heaven could not 
convince this class of mind that if a penny has turned up tails ten times running, 
it is still an even chance that it turns up heads or tails on the next throw. 
The nearest approach to sanity that such a being might conceivably exhibit would 
be the suggestion that the coin in all probability was loaded. To him, therefore, 
a philosophical treatise such as that of Laplace will in nowise appeal. The books 
under notice are for those ** who await no gifts from fate,** even if it is too soon to 
say that, as Arnold goes on to add, ** they have conquered fate." Unfortunately, 
the intrinsic nature of the subject is one that may mislead the acutest minds as 
well as the ordinary layman. As De Moivre pointed out, the reason of the 
layman's confidence is the deceptive character of the problems of chance, which 
seem as if they but require ordinary sound sense for their solution. Even when 

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error has crept into solotions by expert hands, it is often exoeedingly difficult 
to detect tlie source of the misconception. This will, no doubt, account in a large 
measure for the fascination which this subject has exercised on piercing intellecto, 
and perhaps that logical divine, Archbishop Whately, had this in his mind when 
he sat down to compose his ingenious pamphlet : Historic Doubts Respecting 
Napoltoti Bonaparte. 

Koughly speakinff, Pascal and Fermat divide the glory of founding the theory, 
the views of the mtter being, indeed, more accurate, as far as fundamental 
principles are concerned, than those of his friend and rival. The famous numbers 
of James Bernouilli make their first appearance in his Ar$ Conjectandi, Cotes 
''of Trinity," of whom Newton said that if he had lived we should have learned 
something* was the first to explore the theory of errors. The theory of re- 
curring series saw the lieht in De Moivre*s Doctrine of Chancer. Thomas 
Simpson carried on the work of James Dodson (who wrote a century before) in his 
Laws of Chance and Theory of Annuities and Reversions. All this and more 
we may find in the pages of Todhunter's classic treatise on the history of the 
subject. We may add en passant that it is surely time that we had a reprint of 
this famous volume, which has been out of print for many years, and can only be 
purchased at a price beyond the reach of the shallow purse. 

Just liA Laplace published a popular Systhne du Monde as a pendant to his 
M^canique C^este, so to his great fh^orie Andtytique des Probahilitis he writes for 
his contemporary public the lx>ok which heads our list. The translation under notice 
cannot be said to oe entirely successful. On the whole it is faithful and straight- 
forward enough, but it is uneven, and in many places ui^;raceful. The table of 
errata would seem to betray the cause. For ** Pline " read ** Pliny " ; for " sun " 
read •* soil " ; for ** primary " read ** prime. " The translators are professors respec- 
tively of Germanic languages and of Applied Mathematics. It would be interesiine 
to know whether the Frofessor of German languages confused soleil with soi, and 
did not know of the existence of prime numbers, and if Pliny was to him but a 
shadowy personality. The Teuton Ph.D., who knows the value attached to a 
** Von, should not have deprived De Moivre of his badge of aristocracy, shadowy 
though it may have been. In fact, his name is generally written Demoivre. 
Roger Cotes is presented with a circumflex — Cdtes — though Leicester born and 
bred. For Leibnitz we have ** Liebnitz, always led by a sinsular and very loose 
metaphysics " ( !) where Leibniz or Lubeniecz are the only lawful variations. The 
niece of Pascal, heroine of the miracle of the Holy Thorn, was surely Marguerite 
Perier and not Mile. Perrier. Ticho-Brah^ looks very strange to English eyes. 
The few passages in which mathematics is directly introduced are none the easier to 
read for being expressed, as in the following instance : We *' have Z equal to the 
binomial 7* - 1 ; the product of V by the nth power of Z will thus be equal to the 
product of V by the development of the nth power of the binomial T- 1." Surely 
the translators might have taken the bull by the boms, and, to mingle metaphors, 
they might have given us in approximately one page this ** linked sweetness long 
drawn out " into 6^ pages. 

The best EInglish summary of Laplace's reasoning in his great book on pro- 
babilities is given by De Morgan in the Encyclopaedia Metropolitana. The 
manner of using his results, as De Morgan said elsewhere, may be described to a 
person who has a nodding acquaintance with decimal fractions. We may say 
that a knowledge of vulgar fractions will almost suffice for the comprehension 
of the book under notice. It deals with the general principles underlying the 
doctrines of probability and hope, and their application to games of chance, 
to astronomy, testimony, the decisions of assemblies and tribunals, and to tables 
of mortality. Among the more interesting of the allusions to contemporary topics 
of discussion is that to Pascal's argument, reproduced under a geometriciBj form 
by Craig, *' the English mathematician." ** Witnesses declare that they have it 
from Divinity, that m conformingto a certain thing one will enjoy, not one or two, 
but an infinity of human lives. However feeble the probability of the proofs may 
be, provided that it be not infinitely small, it is clear that the advantage of those 
who conform to the prescribed thing is infinite, since it is the product of this 
probability and an infinite good ; one ought not then to hesitate to procure 
for oneself this advantage." Laplace puts his tongue in his cheek and the b&PPy 
lives in an urn, and with some unction demolishes the argument of Pascal Tne 
book is full of interest even in its present dress. Its perusal is, of course, 

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infinitely less arduous than the task of mastering the Th4orie Analytique. As 
Morgan Crofton, referring to the greater work, concludes his article in the 
Encyclopedia Britannica: '*It is, and will long continue to be, one that must 
be attempted by all who desire to understand and to apply the theory of 

The second of the books with which this notice is headed is a translation of 
Czuber*s Geometrische WahrscheirUichkeiten und Mitteltoerthe^ published at Prague 
in 1884 — a work on local probability which received the honour of special mention 
in the article to which we have just alluded. It consists of a series of problems — 
joyeux (2em— many of which lead to the most fascinating of paradoxes, due in 
general to the sense in which the solver understands the much disputed term 
*' at random." It is gratifying to find that the author has largely drawn on the 
hundreds of problems in the Educational Times connected with the names of 
Blackwood, Clarke, M'CoU, Seitz, Sylvester, Watson, Wolstenholme, and 
Woolhouse. It b also gratifying to find in its right place a name which naturally 
received but a bare mention in the Encyclopedia article, that of Morgan Crofton 
himself, whose great memoir in the Phil. Trans, of 1868 entitled him to be 
called the father of this branch of investigation. As Herr Czuber justly observes : 
*' Crofton 's methods are alike distinguished by elegance and generality ; to him is 
the merit of having been the first to avail himself of these methods in analysis, 
especially in the integral calculus. " 

The translation should therefore be well received in this country by those who 
are interested in the history of this branch of the subject. A fuU notice of the 
more general treatise by the same author must be deferred until the second volume 
is in our hands. The first volume contains a general introduction to the theory, 
with full solutions of a large number of typical examples, including, of course, 
those which may be called the *' classical" problems. He then deals with the 
theory of errors, and the methods of least squares arising in connection therewith. 
Examples from different branches of science exhibit the application of this potent 
weapon in dealing with the manipulation of observations. Statistics and life 
assurance appear to be adequately dealt with, but we cannot speak of the 
treatment of the latter as a whole, as, according to Cerman custom, the first 
volume ends abruptly in the middle of a paragraph. From what we have seen of 
Vol. I., the booK is clearly of unusual merit. But to return. Interest in 
questions of " local probability " was first aroused by Buffon's famous ** problem of 
the needle," and kindred problems. Until the English school took up the subject, 
aided and abetted by a few enthusiasts such as Lemoine, Jordan, and Lalanne, 
the thoughts of mathematicians were mainly directed to a few solitary and 
disconnected questions. Even Buffon, whose gifts were not of a mathematical 
order, cried out for more geometry in dealing with his needle, and his instinct 
was shared by Herr Czuber, as may be seen from the title of the book. In the 
days of Buffon it would have been impossible to prophesy the full scope which in 
the future was to be given to questions of this type. Yet so wide a field is 
covered by the applications of the theory, that it is of prime importance that 
we should feel some confidence as to its bases. One of the many difficulties 
surrounding the initial stages of investigation is very well put by Mr. Venn in his 
Loqic of Chance '. '*It consists in choosing the class to which to refer an event, 
and therefore judging of the event and the improbability of foretelling it after it 
Juu happened^ and then transferring the impressions we experience to a supposed 
contemplation of the event beforehand." And in illustration he gives the case 
of the man who exhibited a bull's eye on a small target as the result of his skill 
with an old fowling-piece at a distance of a hundred yards. The braggart had 
suppressed a fact which, after all, had something to do with the case. He 
had fired at the door, and had then placed a small chalk circle around the aperture 
made by the shot. 

Again, let us take Chrystal's definition of probability. *'If on taking a very 
large number A^ out of a series of cases in which an event A is in question, 
A happens on pN occasions, the probability of the event A is said to be p." 
Apply it to the question : I throw two dice, what is the chance that I throw 
at least one six ? There are eleven unfavourable to thirty-six favourable cases, 
giving the probability ^^. But as far as the definition is concerned, why should 
we not treat it as follows : The number of combinations of the numbers on the 
dice is twenty-one, of which six are favourable, so that the probability is ^\ ? 

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Oar definition is incomplete unless we add '* assuminff that the pouible cases are 
itqually probable." Which brings us to a d^nition of the probable by the probable. 
Or, again, the event may or may not happen — two possible cases, one favourable, 
hence the probability is ^. Let us take another illustration from Bertrand. What 
is the chance that a random chord in a circle may be greater than the side of the 
inscribed equilateral triangle? If one extremity of the chord be known, the 
probability is unaffected thereby. The two sides of the equilateral triangle through 
this point make with the tangent at the point three angles of 60". To be greater 
than the side of the triangle the chord must lie within the angle of the tnangle. 
The chance of this is i. On the other band, if we are given the direction 
of the chord, the probability is thereby unaffected. It is easily seen that the 
chance of this again is i. But we may also argue : to choose a random chord is to 
choose at random its middle point. The mid point of the chord must then be at 
a distance from the centre less than half the radius, i.e. within a circle one- 
fourth of the area of the original circle. The number of points within a circle four 
times less is four times less. Hence the chance is }. 

Fortunately it is possible to find a portion of firm ground on which to take a stand in 
the midst of this (quaking morass of haunting doubt. Were it not so, as M. Poincar^ 
points out {La Scteiice et VHypoth^ey p. 217), we should involve in one common ruin 
the countless problems of science, in which probabilities play so important a part. 
It is not enough to say, ** ce que je sais, ce n*est pas que telle chose est vraie, mais 
que le mieux pour moi est encore d*a^ir comme si elle ^tait vraie. . ." We 
cannot, and we must not, condemn en Hoc ; discussion is as obligatory as it is 
inevitable. And in this connection it would be well for us to ponder once more 
over Kant's reflexions in the 4th Section of the Antinomy of Pure Reason. I am 

flad to be able to refer the reader to the extraordinarily interesting work of 
f. Poincar^. His concluding words are well worth bearing in mind: ** There 
are certain points which seem well established. In any question of probability 
we must start with an hypothesis or a convention which will always contain 
something arbitrary. In the choice of this convention we can only be guided by 
the principle of sufficient reason. Unfortunately, this principle is entirely vague 
and elastic, and . . . assumes many different forms. The form under which we 
meet it most frequently is the belief in continuity, a belief which it would be 
difficult to justify by apodictic reasoning, but without which all science would be 
impossible. The problems to which the theory of probabilities can be profitably 
applied are those in which the result is independent of the initial hypothesis, with 
the sole proviso that the hypothesis satisfies the condition of continuity." The 
reader who is still dissatisfied must remember that, after all, the very name of 
the calculus of probabilities is in itself a paradox of the purest water. *' La 
probabilite, opposee k la certitude, c'est ce qu'on ne sait pas, et comment peut-on 
calculer ce que Ton ne connaft pcM ? " 

Histoire des Math^matiques dans I'Antiqnit^ et le Moyen Age. By 

H. G. Zeuthen (translated from the Danish and German by J. Mascart). Pp. 
xvi.,296. 1902. (Gauthier-Villars.) 

This translation of Professor Zeutheu's learned and popular work has the 
advantage of containing many additional notes and references from the pen of M. 
Tannery. There are various alterations in the sections on Trigonometry, due to 
the author's appreciation of Braiinmuhrs VorUn. iiber Oeschicht der Trigonometries 
Speaking roughly, the volume before us deals mainly with Greek geometry. 
Euclid's elements from the point de rep^re from which are examined the logical 
forms so closely followed by the Greeks. The intrinsic nature of these forms 
apart from their significance to the minds of the early geometers. The student 
ot Euclidean geometry will find the comments of the author of signal interest at 
the present time. Professor Zeuthen devotes some fifty pages to the investiga- 
tions of the Arabs and Hindoos. The special aptitude of the Hindoos for 
numerical calculation is clearly expounded, as is also their extraordinary power 
of assimilating what they received from the West and applying the results to the 
production of original and independent results. This power the Arabs did not 
possess. None the less do we owe it to them that the cloisters of the Middle Ages 
by means of Arabian manuscripts were able by their translations into Latin to 
keep the lamp of science burning amid the darkness which was the natural 

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accompaniment of a general paralysis of intellectual activity. We hope that M. 
Mascart will be able to induce M. Gauthier-Villars to publish Professor Zeutbeii's 
earlier work on the theory' of Conies in antiquity. 

Comptes rendus da deiizidme congr^s international des math^mati- 
dens. (Paris, Aug. 6-12, 1900.) Edited by E. Duporcq. Pp. 450. 16fr. 1902. 
(Gauthier-Villars. ) 

This Yolume consists of the proceedinffs at the last Congress over which the 
illustrious Hermite presided. Space forbids our drawing attention to more than 
a few of the lectures and communications made to the Congress. Of the five 
formal lectures, one is by M. Mittag-LefiQer on the correspondence between Weier- 
strass and Sophie Kowalevski. Incidentally the distinguished Swedish mathe- 
matician narrates the first words addressed to him on presenting himself as a 
student to attend Hermite's course at Paris : ** Vous avez fait erreur, Monsieur ; 
vous auriez dd suivre les cours de Weierstrass k Berlin. C'est nctre maltre k 
tous." This observation, three short years after lafuneste ann^, 1870, shows how 
far the instincts of the Savant were wrought to finer issues than the purely local 
and patriotic sentiment of the day. M. Hilbert's lecture on the problems which 
are at present awaiting their solution by the hands of competent mathematicians 
has been translated into English by Dr. Mary Newson for the Bull. Math. 
Soc. (July, 1902). The problems are as follows : Cantor's problem of the 
cardinal number of the continuum ; the compatibility of the axioms of arithmetic ; 
the equality of the volumes of two tetrahedra of equal bases and equal altitudes ; 
the problem of the straight line a« the shortest distance between two points ; 
Lie's concept of a continuous group of transformations without assuming that the 
functions defining the group are capable of differentiation ; the treatment of the 
axioms of physics as we treat the axioms of mathematics, placing in the first rank 
probabilities and mechanics ; tiie irrationality and transcendence of certain 

H=ao 1 

numbers; that the zero points of ^ — have all the real part }, except the 

n=0 W* 

negative integral real zeroes ; Riemann's prime number formula ; Goldback'a 
theorem, that every integer is expressible as the sum of two primes ; is there an 
infinite number of pairs of primes differing by 2? is a;x-{\y-\-c=o soluble in 
prime numbers x and y, where a, 6 are integral and a prime to 6 ? to apply the 
results obtained for the distribution of rational prime numbers to the theory of 
the distribution of ideal primes in a given number field k ; and so on. M. 
Poincar^ discoursed on the r6le of intuition and logic in mathematics, showing 
how, while intuition is often the source of discovery, it is lo|^ic which harmonises 
and consolidates the creations of intuition. This address is also published in a 
separate form (Ifr.). Mr. H. Hancock's paper on Kronecker's Modular Systems 
defines congruences between algebraical integral numbers which are generalisa- 
tions of the congruences of our elementary tneory of numbers. That veteran 
American, Mr. Artemus Martin, gives new series for the calculation of logarithms, 
some of which converge with quite unusual rapidity. He also deals with expres- 
sions of the form a:*-Hy*-l-2*+ ... -f-M*=ifc*. Tlie Italians are following the lead of 
Professor Peano in their discussions on mathematical logic. Signer A. Padoa 
contributes two papers, one on a new irreducible system of postulates for algebra 
— seven in number, based on the (undefined) integer, its consecutive, and its 
image (sym^trique)— and the other on a new system of definitions for Euclidean 
geometry — two in number, point and **may be superposed." Signer Veronese 
pleads for the reduction to a minimum of the postulates in teaching geometry. 
Professor A. Macfarlane applies space analysis to curvilinear co-ordinates ; and 
Professor Stringham discusses orthogonal transformations in elliptic space. 
Signer Galdeano advocates the addition to the branches of Mathematics as taught 
at the Universities the principles of *' Mathematical Criticism." It would consist 
of the study of the historical developments and the ties of kinship which link 
together the historical and the logical genesis of our knowledge. In a synthetic 
study of different branches ** renchalnement des id^es" must l^ fruitful of result. 
Signor A. Gallardo writes on the application of Mathematics to a complex subject^ 
such as Biology. We must not forget to mention Mr. Fujisawa's engaging article 
on the Mathematics of the Old Japanese School. Few readers will be unable to 
discover in this Compte Rendu some paper or article in which they will be 
interested. It is a delightful collection. 

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This iaterestinjj volume is well worthy the careful perusal of teachers of the 
elements of the Calculus. It is especially remarkable for the prominence g^ven 
at an early stage to the theory of errors. It is not until after some 70 pages of 
introductory matter that the author approaches the differential coeflBcient, the 
first chapter being devoted entirely to the fundamental conceptions. He begins 
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convergence and divergence of series and of infinite products. The second volume 
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interest. We can heartily commend this attractive little volume to the attention 
of those who are not satisfied with the ordinary introductions to elementary 


460. [R. 2. b. -y.] Find the centre of gravity of the part cut from a solid 
sphere by two diametral planes inclined at angle 2a to each other. Anon. 

461. [M^ 8. b.l MM' is a chord of a circle, centre 0, parallel to a fixed 
diameter AB; MP is perpendicular to OM'. Find the areas of the locus of 
P and of the envelope of the line MP. What do they become when we 
replace the circle and its diameter by an ellipse and its major axis ? 

E. N. Barisikk. 

462. [K. 12. b. a.] Describe three circles, mutually tangent, to pass through 
three given points and touch a circle includinsf the three points. A. B. 

463. [L\ 17. e.] Shew that the equation to a circumconic of the triangle 
ABC can be written iu the form 

pa qfd ry 
where p, q, r are the lengths of the focal chords parallel to BC^ CA^ AB, 

J. J. MiLNK. 

464. [K. 10. e.] Ay B are two fixed points, P a variable point, on a circle ; 
find the locus of the intersections of ^P with the bisectors of the angle BAP, 

V. Rktali. 

466. [L\ 6. c] CP, CD are conjugate radii of an ellipse; PU, DV the 

chords of intersection of the ellipse with the circles of curvature at P^ D\ 

shew that CU^ CTare conjugate. C. F. Sandberq. 

466. [K. 20. e.] In a triangle which has ]^ cot ^ < 2, shew that the least 
angle > cot-^ J and the greatest < 90^ If 2 cot ^ > 2, what is the greatest 
value of the least angle and the least value of the greatest ? C. E. Younoman. 

467. [L\ 8. d.] Two tangents to a rectangular hyperbola meet on a fixed 
parabola having one asymptote of the hyperbola for axis and the other for 
the tangent at its vertex. Find the envelope of their chord of contact. 

Durham, 1902. 

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weight IF, smoothly jointed, is held in a vertical plane with AB vertical 
{A uppermost! and a light elastic string of natural length d and modulus 
W connects tne joints J, (7. Find when in equilibrium the length of the 
string. Melbourne, 1901. 


400. [K. a. d ; 5. d.] A variable straight line meets two fixed straight lines 
Ox^ Oy in A and B^ so that the sum or difference of OA^ OB is constant: fi/nd 
the e7ivelope of the Euler circle of the triangle UABy and the locus of its 
Lemoine point and the three associated points. 

Prove also that the circumcircle <yf OAB passes through another fixed point 
besides 0, and that its Euler line also passes through a fixed point. 

E. N. Barisiek. 

Solution by C. E. Youxqmak. 

Let (0 be the angle A OB, Draw the circle OAB (centre C) and the diameter 
Diy bisecting AB ?X M^w> that OD is the internal bisector of the angle AOB. 
Then DA =DB, and angle DAO^ir-DBO ; therefore, if DA, DB be turned 
in the same direction through any angle 6 to positions Dx, Dy, we have 
Ax=By and Ox+Oy^OA-^OB. Thus /> is a fixed point when OA + OB is 
constant ; and similarly, D is fixed when OA •* OB is constant. Suppose the 
former : then, DA\ DB' being perpendicular to OA, OB, M lies on ^i'B' (the 
pedal line of D for OAB\ Let fall A HE, BUF perpendicular to OB, OA ; the 
circle MEFv^ the "Euler** circle of OAB (and Hurelv "nine-point circle" is a 
better name, better known). Now M is the centre of the circle ABEF\ there- 
fore ME^MF, and angle EMF=2EAF=-Tr-^ta, Hence the triangle MEF 
has constant angles, and is inscribed to a fixed triangle OA'R ; therefore 
the circle MEF touches twice a fixed conic inscribed in OA'B (Neuberg, 
Proc. Lond. Math, Soc, xvi. 185). Also, since MEF is, in one position, the 
orthocentric triangle of OA'B, the foci of the conic are the ortho- and circum- 
centres of OA'B, 

The Euler line CH divides OD in the ratio 

0H\ CD^^CM : Ci4 = 2 cos (I) : 1 =const. ; 

i,e. it cuts OD at a fixed point P, 

Let KK^K^K^ be the Lemoine point and its associates. A'j is the pole of 
AB for the circle OAB; therefore CM=CA costo^CAjCos^w, and CM: CK^ 
= const. Now C and M move on lines perpendicular to OD ; therefore K^ 
on another. Aj is the pole of a fixed line OB for a set of circles OD, that is, 
of conies passing through four fixed points — 0, D, and the two at infinity ; 
therefore K^ describes a conic— a hyperbola, for K^ goes to infinity when C 
is on OB or at infinity. K^ of course, describes an equal hyperbola. As 
for K, it is the mean centre oi 0, A, B for multiples AB^, BO\ 0A\ or 
aS+^s — 2a& cos (u, 6', a\ Hence its coordinates are given by 

2jr(a*+62-a6co8 0))=a6*, and 2y(a2+6*-a6co8 w)=a*6. 

From these and a+6=c eliminate a and b ; the result is 

2(^+y)(^+y*-:ry cos tt})=ca:y ; 

so that the locus of A' is a cubic which has a node at 0, and an asymptote 
parallel to OD. 

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413. [K.] Along three straight lines meeting in at angles a, )8, y, lengths 
x^ y, t are measured: prove that the three points so obtained lie on a straight 
line if 2.r~i sin a=0, aTid on a circle through if 2a: sin a=0. 

R W. H. T. HuDsoK. 

Solution by C. V. Darell, E. Fenwick, and others. 
Let P, Q, R be the three points. 

Then shice P, Q, R are coclinear, we have '2^Q0R=0 ; 

.*. 2^2 siutt=0. 
.*. 2ar-*8ina=0. 
If Pj §, R lie on a circle through 0, invert with respect to 0, iT being the 
constant of inversion, then the points whose distances from measured 

K^ jr2 1-2 
along the three fixed lines are — , — , — must be collinear, 

X y z 

Therefore, using previous result, 



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A Text' Book of Field Astronomy for Engineers. By G. C. Comstock. Pp. x., 
202. 1902. (Wiley, New York.) 

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Association Fran^ise pour Vavancement des Sciences. 1901. 

A Mathematical Solution Booh. By B. F. Finkel. 4th edition. Pp. xvi, 550. 
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On the Theorem that niaf^^{x-l)>af^-l>m{x-l) unless 0<w<l, 
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History of a Theorem in Elementary Geometry. 

Note on thie Theorems of Menelaus and Ceva. 
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The Report of the Committee of the Mathematical Association on the 
Teaching of Geometry having been published, I desire to draw attention to 
their treatment of the subject of ratio. 

The Committee think (§ 48 of the Report) '' thai an ordinary school cou/rse 
should not be required to include incommensurablee*^ but they do not provide 
any place for such a treatment of ratio as will form a preparation for that 
subject, t fear the result of this loUl be {though probaoly that was not in- 
tended) that the whole suhject will be entirely ignored^ not only in the case of 
those who are following an ordinary school course^ but also in the case of those 
who wish to obtain accurate notions of the InJhiitesimcU Calculus; and of 
those who are preparing to take Honours in Mathematics at the Universities, 

Let me begin dv endeavouring to clear away a misconception. The subject 
of ratio is an algebraic one, not a geometric one. Its treatment in the Fifth 
Book of Euclid has given rise to the idea that there is a geometric treatment 
of the subject as distinct from an algebraic one ; and it would seem from the 
use of the word "algebraic" in § 47 (2) of the Committee's Report that 
they adopt this view. 

Euclid employs a segment of a straight line to denote a magnitude, and more 
recently figures have been employed to illustrate what De Morgan has called 
the relative multiple scale of two magnitudes of the same kind. But these do 
not form an essential part of the reasoning. They are merely aids to the 
beginner in following the reasoning. All that Euclid assumes is that if A and 
B are two magnitudes of the same kind, and if r and s are any two integers, 
then it is possible to tell whether rA is greater than, equal to, or less than sB, 
This assumption seems to me to take the place of a definition of what is 
meant when we say that two magnitudes are of the same kind. However 
this may be, from this point onwards the whole of Euclid's work in the 
Fifth Book is strictly algebraic 

Leaving this point, it seems to me that the Report of the Committee 
would have given more help to teachers if they had sketched out an 
adequate " theorv of measurement of lengths of lines and areas of rectangles 
for cases in which the lines and the sides of the rectangles are commensur- 
able," § 47 (1), and if they had actually given the "algebraical treatment of 
of ratio and proportion for comniensurables," § 47 (2), in a form which they 


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regard as sufficient. The teacher would then see how he was expected to 
explain the propositions 

pA : qA =p : q [Euc X. 5], 
and rA : rB^A : B [Euc. V. 16], 

where A and B are magnitudes and />, q^ r are integers. There is no 
difficulty about either of these propositions, but in the case of each of them 
there exists the danger that the beeinner may consider himself entitled to 
treat the ratios as quotients of numoers containing a common factor, which 
may be removed. 

In the elements of a subject it is necessary before all things that e^ntial 
distinctions should be observed. There is nothing wanting in definiteness 
in Euclid's treatment of these subjects when expressed in a modem form, 
bat it is very difficult to induce any one now to look at Euclid's Fifth Book, 
even though the cause for its difficulty has been discovered and removed. I 
doubt whether there exists any other treatment equally^ simple and equally 
clear. But the Committee have definitely rejected Euclid's line of argument, 
and it is therefore advisable to examine what they recommend. 

I select (as an example of the results to which their line of treatment 
leads) § 56 of their Beport, in which the Committee give their proof of 
the proposition : '* If two triangles (parallelograms) have one angle of the 
one equal to one angle of the other, their areas are proportional to the areas 
of the rectangles contained by the sides about the equal angles." 

The Committee say, 

adef^Ief, DH^ EF, DH" 


and then, since 

they say ^^^C.^^^.J^, 

^ ^ l\DEF EF,DE 

I call attention to the omission of some intervening steps in the argument 

It should be shown that 

reot, BC.AO 

rect EF.Dff 


can be expressed as the product of the ratios -^^^ and -=-— ; and then that 

JiC A B 

the product of the ratios -=, and -=-^ can be expressed as 

rect. BO. A B 

How does the Committee justify the passage from the ratio of the areas of 
the rectangles to the product of the ratios of the sides, and conversely? 
I presume that it is implied that BC, AO, EF, Dff are to be treated as 
commensurables and then the usual rules for the multiplication of rational 
fractions are to be applied. I cannot help feeling that the effect on the 
mind of the beginner will be that, after having had demonstrated to him 
certain rules for dealing with rational fractions, he has been told to apply 
these to other magnitudes which are not rational fractions. An undeveloped 
mind will probably accept this without demur, but its effect must be confus- 
ing. Possibly *' the algebraic treatment of ratio and proportion for commen- 
surables," which the Committee refer to, may be of such a nature that my 
objections may be met. But in the meanwhile I desire to suggest an 
alternative proof of the above proposition, and to indicate the way in which 
I think the whole of this part of tne subject should be treated. 

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1. The fundamental problem in this part of the subject is to determine 
two straight lines having the 

same ratio as two ecraian- q j^ 

gular parallelograms. Place / 7 

the parallelograms so as to / ^ / 

have a common angle, and the />/ 7 Jj£ 

sides at the common angle / / ^ ^ ^ / 

in the same directions, then / / ^^^^ / 

we have Fig. 1. r/-- . M^^-. 7a^ 

The two parallelograms -*/ -'Za / 

9,T%ABCD,AEFQ. Produce / .-'" / / 

DC to cut EF at H. Let /^.-'^ / / 

AH cut CB at K, Through jT ]d p' 

K draw a paraUel to ^4^ to ^ ^ ^ 

cut AQ at Z, and EF at M, ^'«- I- 



We have now constructed on AE^ a side of the parallelogram AEFOy 
another parallelogram AEML equal to ABCD and equiangular with AEFO, 
Now il6^ is a side of one of the parallelograms, and is therefore given. The 
line AL is found thus : ^^ j^ff j^d 

AB^AK^'AL' * 
. AE AD 
" AB AL' 
Hence ALSa the fourth proportional to the sides AE^ ABy AD of the given 

The length of AL depends only on the lengths of certain of the sides of 
the given parallelograms. It does not depend at all on the value of the 
common angU, If therefore we make that common augle a right angle and 
draw the rectangle whose sides are equal to AB, AD, and the rectangle 
whose sides are equal to AEy AG, we prove as above that 

vect. AE , AO ^AO , 

rect,AB.AD AL' 

. parallelogram A EFO ^ rect. AE.AG 

" parallelogram 4 J5(7i> Teat. A B. AD' 

2. The line AL can also be identified thus : 

.. AEAD , 

' AB'AL' 

.-. rect. AB. AD =Tect.AE.AL, 

Now the sides of the parallelogram AEFO about A are AG, AE, whilst the 
sides of the parallelogram ABCD about A are AB, AD. If we select one of 
the sides of the parallelogram AEFG, 8&y AE, and on it describe a rectangle 
equal to the rectangle AB ,AD, then the other side of it is the line AL ; and 
the ratio of the parallelogram AEFG to the parallelogram ABCD is the same 
as that of the side of the parallelogram AEFG, which was not selected, viz. 
-46^ to the line AL which was found. 

3. From Art. 1 it can be deduced that if two triangles have an angle equal, 
then their areas are proportional to the rectangles contained by the sides 
including the equal angles. That the areas of two triangles have the same 
ratio as the rectangles contained by their bases and altitudes, follows from 
the fact that the triangles are the halves of the rectangles. 

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4. The next step is to find two straight lines which are in the same ratio as 
the areas of two squares. This is iucTuded in Art. 1, but the result can be 


stated in a convenient form. Here we suppose il to be a right angle, 
AE^AQ and AB^AD, Then the equation of Art. 1 





i,e, if il// be a third proportional to AE^ AB, then 
the square on AE AE 
the square on AB^ AL 

5. The next step is to prove that the areas of similar triangles are propor- 
tional to the squares on corresponding sides. 


.V D 

Let ABC, DEF(Fig. 2) be similar triangles, so that 

and BC : EF=CA : FD=AB : DE. 

On BC, EF describe the squares BCOff, EFKL. Also on BC describe 
the rectangle BCOM which has a side passing through A, and on EF the 
rectangle EFPN which has a side passing through Z>. We have to prove 

^ABC __ sq uare on B C 
AiJE'/'"" square on EF' 
But since BC0If=2AABC, 

We have therefore to prove 


*•** BCOE' 


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Hence it is necessary to prove 


Hence it is necessary to prove 

but the triangles MBA and NED have 


MBA=:^Tt, L-ABC^rt, l-DEF=NED ; 

.-. BAM=EDN, 
Therefore the triangles MBA and NED are similar ; 

" BA~ED' 
Aii^g square on BO 
" ^DEF^Bqxi&re on EF' 
Hence the proposition is demonstrated. 

6. The next step is to show that if A^ B, Cy D are 4 straight lines in pro- 
portion, then squares on A, B^ C, D are also in proportion. 
Find two other lines X and 7, such that 

A B .CD 

^. , A C . B D AC 

Then since j=-g, - x^yi '' X'^Y 

But square on A ^A square on C _ C v ^^ ^ 

square on J? X* square on Z> - F* 

. square on A square on C 
square on ^""square on^Z) 

Conversely, if Ay B, (7, D be four straight lines, suchjthat the squares on 

Ay B, C, D are in proportion, then will J, By C, Dhe in proportion. 

A C 
Find a straight line E such that -»= 7^ > 

square on u4 _ square on C ^ 
square on 5 ~* square on E ' 

, square on A square on C , 

square on 5 "square on D ' 
square on C _ square on C , 
square on i>~ square on E * 

.*. square on Z>= square on E, 

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From this it follows that D^E; 


Hence A, By Cy D are in proportion. 

7. It remains only to prove that the areas of similar rectilineal figures 
are proportional to the squares on corresponding sides. 

Let AyB^CJ)y;, J,^,(7sZ>, be similar figures, so that A^^A^ ^i=J^» ^i»^» 

9i=i>,; and ilj^i :^A=5i^i :^«^i=^A • C^^^ D^A^ : D^^, 
To prove 

area AiBiCiDi sqiiATe on A^B^ 
area A^B^C^^~ eqnare on A^B^ 

Let the figures be divided into the same number of similar triangles^ as in 
Fig. 3 (Euc. VL 20). 


Fio. 3. 

A^iO,^i _ square on A^B^ . 
^A^OfB^'^ aquare on A^B^ ' 
A B^ 0| (7| _ square on Bi C^ 
A^jOgC^j" square on B^C^ 
square on A^B^ 
square on A^^ 



A^^ ^^-A^io^i' 


" AA^O^B^ AB^O^C^ ACjOgDa 
Hence each of these ratios 

^ A^^0tig^4- AgiO,fi-t- AfiOtZ>^4- AZ>^O^ii^ 
Ai4j(9^8+ AJ?jO,(7j+ tlc\o\D\-\- I^D^0\a\ 
figure iiiig^fiZ?t . 

figure ^tgifiZ)t Aii^Q^^^ 
'• figure ids^s^s^s ^^s^A 

square on A^B^ 
square on A^^ 
Euc. VI. 22 follows from the above immediately. 

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In this way all necessity for using Euclid's phraseology involving the 
Compounding of Ratios and Duplicate Ratio is removecT. At the same 
time I am not without hope that a reaction in favour of using the ideas 
of Euclid's Fifth Book may set in. There is this incidental advantage, that 
the frequent employment of what it is now usual to call Archimedes' Axiom 
^though Euclid used this axiom freely in his Fifth BookX which is involved 
m Euclid's line of treatment, draws attention to an idea of the greatest value. 
Its employment is involved in the proper treatment of magnitudes which 
exceed any given magnitude however great and magnitudes which are less 
than any given magnitude however smul. 

On this axiom for example depend 

!A) The proofs of the algebraical propositions — 
1) that if a> 1 : then it is possible to find n so great that a** shall exceed 
any magnitude k however large ; expressed usually Z «**« + oo ; 

*t (2) that if 0<a< 1 ; then it is possible to find n so great that a** shall 
lie between and €, where c is any positive magnitude however 
small; expressed usually Za**=+0. 

(B) The proof of the geometrical proposition that points on a hyperbola 
exist whose distances from a focus exceed any length however ffreat 

In this way the methods of the Fifth Book form an introduction to the 
Infinitesimal Calculus of the greatest value. M. J. M. Hill. 

Universitt Collbgb, London. 


The annual meeting of the Mathematical Association was held on Saturday, 
at King's College, London. In the absence of Mr. J. Fletcher Moulton, 
ELC, M.P., the retiring president, Professor A. Lodge was in the chair, and 
among those present were Professor A. R. Forsyth, Mr. F. W. Hill (treasurer), 
Mr. G Pendlebury (secretary), Mr. A. W. Siddons, Mr. H. D. Ellis, Mr. W. 
H. Hudson, Mr. James Wilson, Mr. W. N. Roseveare, and Dr. F. S. 
Macaulay. The report of the council, which was adopted, stated that the 
associatioD oonsistea of 351 members, and it referred to the work done by 
the committee appointed bv the association to consider the subject of the 
teaching of elementary mathematics. 

Professor Forsvth was elected president for the forthcoming year, and 
afterwards presided over the meeting. He remarked that the teaching of 
elementary mathematics had been a great deal under their consideration, and 
under the consideration of the local examination syndicate at Cambridge and 
that of the general syndicate of the whole University. It was not, however, 
for him to forecast what might be the issue of the deliberations upon the 
subject ; but, as they probably knew, the local examination syndicate had 
modified their examinations and subsequent changes had been made in the 
schedule of mathematics. It was his privilege to serve on two of those 
bodies, and as a member of the committee that worked towards the modifi- 
cation of the regulations of the local examinations he wished to pay a tribute 
to the work done by the association. 

* Although this pfroposltion it neoeMftry for the rommation of tax Infinite number of terms of a 
Geometrical Proffreaeion with the common ratio less than unity, I belieTe there is only ono 
Rngliah Text Book (Chrystal's Algtbra) which contains a demonstration, and unfortunately that 
is mr more difficult than it need be. 

t Buelid proTes this in the first proposition of the Tenth Book, for 

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Mr. SiddoBB (Harrow School) submitted the report of the committee on 
the teaching of elementary mathematics, which, he said, had been criticised 
as very conservative. With regard to what had been done by varions 
examining bodies, he remarked that in most cases their recommendations 
had been followed. University bodies were now alive to the necessity of not 
issuing regulations which clashed with one another. He thought it would 
be disastrous if that occurred, but he did not believe that there was any 
danger of that. The most immediate need was that the preparatory schools 
should move in the matter, and they should get the headmasters of such 
schools to adopt a more modem treatment of mathematics. It would uot be 
done in the public schools unless the boys were taught from the beginning. 

In a short discussion which followed the President said he re^oxled the 
teaching of the theory of incommensurables as a most advanced Universitv 
subject, and the idea of attempting to teach the theory to the average school- 
boy seemed to him to be almost an impossibility. He agreed with the line 
adopted bv the committee in dealing with the report. It was desirable that 
they should not hurry chauges. It did not lie with the public schools or the 
preparatory schools to make changes. They had a vast body of teachers in 
the small schools, but the great difficulty was to get at such teachers and 
induce them to change. 

The report was adopted. Papers were afterwards read on '* Some Class 
Diagrams for Intuitional (Jeometry " by Mr. E. M. Langley, on "The Repre- 
sentation of Imaginary Points on a Plane by Real Points" by Professor 
A Lodce, and on " Incommensurables by Means of Continuous Decimals'' by 
Mr. Ec^iu Budden. 


120. [V. 1. a.] The Teaching of Arithmetic. 

The following answer, of which I have seen many in examination papers, is 




Q, — Find to four places of decimals the value of 

2 3 4 

H — |--5+-5+etc. when ^=10. 

2 _3_ 4 5 6^ 

■*" 10 "*■ Too "*■ 1000 "*■ 10000 ■^'loooob 

100000 + 20000+3000+400+50+6 


^ 123456 
~ 100000* 

ilTW.— 123456. 




G. H. Bryan. 

12L [L.* 18. c.] Isogonal Transformation, 

To prove 1 conic can be drawn through 5 pts (1^ 

2 conies „ „ „ 4 pts. and touching 1 str. line, f 2) 
4 „ „ „ „ 3 pts. „ 2 str. lines. (3) 
4 „ » „ n 2 pts. „ 3 „ (4) 
2 n n >» « 1 P^ »> 4 „ (5^ 
Iconic „ „ touching 5 str. lines (6) 

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(1) Let AfB^CfDjEhe the 5 pts. By isogonal transformation with regard 
to ABC as manv conies can be drawn through A^ By C, D, £ t^ str. lines 
through //, F' the isogonals of Z>, E^ ue, 1. 

(2) Let Ay ByCjDhe the 4 pts. and q the str. line. Transform with regard 
to Ay B, C. Then as many conies can be drawn to pass through A, By C, D 
and touch a as str. lines can be drawn to pass through 1/ and touch conic q'y 
the isogonals of D and 9, t.e, 2. 

(3) Let Ay By Che the 3 given pts. and q, r the two str. lines. Transform 
with regard to Ay By C. Then as many conica can be drawn through AyByC 
to touch 9, r as str. lines can be drawn to touch conies q'y r' the isogonals of 
qy r, ue. 4. 

(4X (6) and (6) follow from (3), (2X (1) by reciprocation. 

H. L. Trachtenbbro. 

122. [K. 20. £] The Fundamental Formxdae of Spherical Trig<mometry, 
The proof, of which an outline note is subjoined, is a slight modification 
of one given by Mr. W. W. Lane, R.N. in his SphenccU Trigonometry.* 
The figure given below possesses the advantage of shewing all lines in their 
true lengths and angles of their true magnitude. Paper models obtained by 
cutting out OABCAO or OADAMAEAO and folding them up, are very 
easily made. The formulae for a right-angled spherical triangle are readily 
deduced in a similar manner. 






E ^\. 



/ ^C 



j> / 


Let ABC be a spherical triangle ; the centre of the sphere. 

Draw ADyAEy ilJ^ perpendicular to OBy 0(7 and the plane 50(7 respectively. 

Join MDy ME. Then ML^^AD^-AIP 

= OA^-ODi-(OA*-MO^ 

* (These proofs are really due to our constant and most valued contributor, Mr. R F. Davis, who 
discovered them tn 1874, while an Undergraduate at Queen's College, Cambridge. Mr. Davis 
published them in the Mentngtr 0/ Mathematict, VoL IV., p. 102, and in the Oaxette, VoL I., p. 40. 
It is curious that such simple proofs have not found their way into genersl use. It is perhaps 
worth noting that they wiU be found in Sir Robert Ball's forthcoming Spherieal AMtnmomy, 

In 1878 Isaac Todhunter characterised the proofs as "interesting and elegant," and intended 
to introduce them into a new edition of his Spherieal Triffononutrjf. J. Ossey in 1888 wrote of 
" these beautiful proofs ** that '* they are certainly new to me, and I have no doubt they are 
origlnaL" He also expressed his intention to insert them in an Appendix to his Spherical 
Tngimometry. We are glad to have the opportunity of onoe more drawinig attention to them. 

W. J. G.l 

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Therefore MD u perpendicuJAr to OB, Similarly ME is perpendicalar to 
OG. Let the trianeles ADO^ AMD, AME, AEO revolve about OD, DM, MB 
and EO respectively, into the plane BOC. We thus obtain the annexed 
figure, and identify a, 6, c, JS, C7 therein. 

Draw J?^ perpendicular to OD and MQ perpendicular to EF, 

We have OD=^OF+FD, or, R being the radius OJ, 

iZcoee^i^ooB&cosa+iZsin&cosCsina (FD=MG), 

ue. cos e= cos a cos 5+ sin a sin 5 cos (7. (1) 

Again EF=FG+OEy that is 

R co%b Bin a=R«itkb sin CcotB+RmnbcoBCco&a; 
or, dividing by Rmnb 

cot 6 sin a = cot J? sin (7+ cos C7 cos a. (2) 

Again R%inbanC=^AM^RBinc%inB ; 

sin ft _ sin c ^^. 

•*• sin^^'sinCr ^^^ 

The modification of the above figure when 6 or c is greater than 90** 
presents no difficulty. C. S. Jackson. 

123. [L.> 1. a.] Note on the Parabola. 

L The general equation to the parabola must be of the form 

(x-Ay-^(^''By=(Lx + My'^Ny\{L*-\-in}, 

where Ay B are the coordinates of the focus and Lx+My+N^O is the 
equation of the directrix. 

The above equation becomes by transposition (JVjr-2^)'+...»0, showing 
that the terms of the second decree form a perfect square and represent a 
line through the origin perpendicular to the directrix, that is, the diameter 
through the origin. 

IL To reduce the general equation (cLr+ )Qiy)*+2<7x+2^+c=0 to this form. 
Assume Qx-ay + K—Q as the equation to the directrix, where «c is at 
present undetermined and has to be found. Then 

(a»+)8«)(:F>+y«)+2ar(^+iSK)+2y(/-a*c)+c+ic«=()8ar-ay + ic)«, 

and coordinates of focus are 

Also (^ + ^K)«+(/-aK)«=(a«+j3«)(c+icSX 

Thus the focus and directrix are determined. 

III. The axis is a line through the focus parallel to the diameter through 
the origin 

IV. The latus rectum is twice the perpendicular from the focus on the 

(a« + )8«)* (a«+i8«)** 

R. F. Davis. 

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Theorie der algelxraiBchen Fanktionen einer Variabeln nnd ihre 
Anwendtmg anf aigebraische Eurven nnd Abelsche Integrale. By K. 
HBNSBLand G. Landsbxro. Pp. xvi, 708. (Leipzig: Tenbner.) 

It is now more than twenty years since the publication in CreUt's 
Jovmal (vol. 92) of the memoir by Dedekind and Weber, in which it was shown 
how the theory of algebraic functions and their integrals could be based upon a 
strictly analytical foundation, without any appeal to geometrical intuition, or the 
premature introduction of transcendental functions. That paper practically con- 
cludes with the establishment of the Riemann-Roch theorem ; ana, so far as I am 
aware, the authors have never published the continuation of it which they in- 
tended. In any case, it is a great boon to have at last a treatise in which these 
ideas and methods are fully explained and developed. 

The work is divided by the authors into six parts. Of these, the first deals with 
the mapping out of the values (u, z) which satisfy the equation ^u, z)=0, z being 
the independent variable. The Riemann sphere is employed, naturally, as a help 
to the reader ; but the facts are established by the method of Puiseux, which is 
explained in a very thorough and lucid manner. It is also shown how the values of 
a ranction are connected by analytical continuation. 

The second section deals with the fundamental properties of a corpus ; norms, 
bases, etc., are defined, and, above all, the notion of prime divisors (in Dedekind's 
sense) is introduced. It is this, with the nse of the correspondii^ notation and 
terminology, which is one of the most conspicuous features of the work. The 
notion is a difficult one, as it corresponds to that of an ideal primer in arithmetic : a 
prime divisor may be a function in the corpus, but it need not be. It is always, how- 
ever, representable as the greatest common measure (in the proper sense) of two 
functions in the corpus ; and this is perhaps the best way of thinking of it as an 
entity. To fully appreciate this notion of divisor requires time and patience ; 
but when it has been grasped, its extreme value becomes manifest. In my 
opinion almost every page of this treatise, subsequent to the definition of divisor, 
bears witness to the precision and simplicity which is gained by adopting Dede- 
kind's principles. The fact that the work is dedicated to Professor Dedekind 
tends to show that the authors are of the same opinion. Those of us who have 
been wondering for years why so great a genius has been so inadequately recog- 
nised may now hope for better things. 

Section III. develops the theory of divisors, and terminates with the proof of 
the Riemann-Roch theorem. The fundamental problem of this part of the sub- 
ject is the determination of all the divisors which are multiples of a siven 
divisor. This is effected by the method of ideals. Another important problem 
is the determination, as a linear aggregate, or "Schaar," of all the integral 
divisors in a given class. This immediately leads us to the proof of the existence 
of p linearly independent Abelian differentials, and of the three normal types of 
Abelian integrals. The Riemann-Roch theorem follows very simply : in fact, 
almost as a corollary. 

Section IV. deals with algebraic structures considered as curves. It is, in fact, 
an extremely valuable discussion of PlUcker*s equations in their strict and most 
general form. Besides this, we have an outline of residuation, and of the theory 
of adjoint curves. 

Section V. treats of correspondence and transformation, and in particular of 
the *' classes " of algebraic structures, and their moduli. Two structures are here 
taken as of the same class, when they define the same algebraic corpus. 

Section VI. is on algebraic relations satisfied by Abelian integrals. This, it is 
hardly necessary to say, introduces the idea of periodicity, the theorems on inter- 
change of argument and parameter, AbeFs theorem, and the problem of inversion. 
With the statement of the last, the 37th lecture concludes. The 38th and last 
lecture gives a most interesting account of the historical development of the 
theory, and of the different ways in which it has been treated. 

A reviewer's verdict on a work like this is very likely to be influenced by his 
own idea of the proper way of treating the subject. Personally, I prefer the 
method of Dedekind and Weber to any other that I have seen, and value this 

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treatise accordingly. Bat apart from the particular method of preaentatiooy the 
book contains an immense amount of moat interesting matter, expoonded in a 
very clear and attractive way. To show that this is not merely my own im- 
pression, I may say that last term I lectured on the subject to a young graduate, 
following the lines of the book, and covering the first twenty lectures or so. The 
result was quite satisfactory ; and the gentleman in question, of his own aooord, 
expressed the opinion that the book was very clear. 

I feel sure that others, as well as myself, will be very grateful to Drs. Heoael 
and Landsberg for providing them with such an excellent treatise on this im- 
portant and fascinatmg subject. G. 6. Mathews. 

Pynaxnics of Botation. An Elementary Introduction to Rigid Dynamics. 
By A. M. WoBTHiNOTON, C.B., M.A., F.R.S. (London : Longmans, Green ft Co.) 
Fourth Edition. 1902. Pp. 164. 

It is a misfortune of most courses on elementary dynamics that the problems 
which they include are in the majority of cases unreal. The "duffer" who 
cannot see what use it is to find the acceleration of a perfectly smooth pariieU on 
an inclined plane is certainly worthy of more consideration than the pet student 
who describes glibly how the acceleration of gravity may be found by Atwood's 
machine, using the formula 9{P-Q)I{P-^Q), and finishing up with **q.b.d.," 
when the method is fundamentcJly incorrect. 

The dynamics of rotation of a rigid body ought to receive a more prominent 
place than has hitherto been accord^ it, not only in the curriculum of students of 
physics and engineering, for which this book is specially written, but also in every 
course of mathematics. Many mathematicians have found considerable difficulty 
in beginning Dr. Routh's treatise for want of some grasp of the fundamental ideas 
involved in the subject, which become obscured when associated at the outset 
with too many higher analytical methods. 

Prof. Worthington's book seems admirably adapted to give its readers a good 
insiffht into the principles of elementary rigid dynamics. There is no reason why 
the tormulae for uniformly accelerated angular motion, <a=<a^+At, Os^u^+iA^, 
and <ii^=(af^+2A0, should not be taken immediately after, or concurrency with, 
the corresponding properties of linear motion, and if the time commonly spent in 
discussing elliptic motion about a focus along with the corresponding motion of 
the hodogram were expended on a study of this book much would be gained. 

Whether the word torqtte is really a necessary innovation is a point about which 
opinions may differ. On the other hand, if the term is used generally, it is hardly 
as clear as it might be why in some places the author talks of a couple, Keiths 
is it verv clear how the fundamental property of moments, ** Torques are found to 
be equal when the products of the force and the distance of its line of action from 
the axis are equal," may be ** deduced from Newton's Laws of Motion " (p. 8). On 
the other hand the construction of ** inertia skeletons" showing the moments of 
inertia of a body, and the positions of its principal axes, and the sections dealing 
with "centrifugal couples are good features. The "slug" as unit of inertia 
may with advantage perish in common with the velo, celo, and tonaL Why is 
it that whenever it comes to teachins dynamics people will invent a lot of arti- 
ficial units, and ignore the simple methods which beginners learn in connection 
with men mowing acres of grass or cats killing mice ? G. H. Bryan. 

I Gmppi Oontinni di TrasformazionL By Ernesto Pascal. Pp. xi., 358. 
Milan. (Manuali Hoepli.) 1903. 

No idea is now more to the front in Pure Mathematics than that of a group. 
Discrete groups, and in particular groups of substitutions, pervade recent alge- 
braical and arithmetical work : transformation groups are ever under consideration 
in continuous analysis and differential geometry. The conception of the latter 
class of groups, the subject-matter of the book before us, is the more reoent. It 
eluded the grasp of the discoverers of facts of invariancy, for the thorough appreci- 
ation of which it was needed. Sophus Lie first formulated it in 1871 ; and to his 
genius is due a marvellously full development of the theory. 

If we are given n relations expressing n letters x^^ x^, ... Xn — for brevity let us 
sa^ n letters xf — as functions of n letters x and r parameters a, which are soluble 
without ambiguity for the letters a;, we have a transformation, one between the x 

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and the x\ If we take another set of n relations, expressine n letters a/' as func- 
tions of the n letters s! and r parameters 6, we have a secona transformation, one 
between the a/ and the a^. u. between the two sets of relations we eliminate the 
letters a/, we obtain n relations expressins the a/' as functions of the x and the two 
sets of parameters a, 6 — a transformation between thenar and the a/', which, arising 
as it does from the sequence of the two former transformations, is called the 
product of the two in the order given. Order is not immaterial. 

Now let the sets of n functional forms in the a;, a/ and a;', v!' transformations be 
the same. The n functional forms in the resultant a;, tT transformation will, as a 
rule, differ from them. But there exist classes of cases in which the old functional 
forms are reproduced, with r functions of the parameters a, h for new parameters. 
In such a case the transformations, for all admissible values of the parameters, 
form a group, a continwrns group as it is supposed that the parameters may be 
varied continuously. 

This continuity, together with the group idea, suggests procedure in transfor- 
mation by infinitesimal stages, and Lie makes the use of infinitesimal transforma- 
tion fundamental in his researches. By its means the performance even of a finite 
transformation of a group is reduced to a matter of differential operation. An 
infinitesimal transformation gives to a function ^ of the letters x an increment 
dtX4>, where dt is infinitesimal and X is an operator linear in symbols of partial 
differentiation ; and a finite transformation of the one-parameter group which the 
infinitesimal transformation specifies is performed by operation with 

which may be written e'^. 

To those who like ourselves have been trained to expertness in continuous 
analysis this study should be inherently attractive. A certain difficulty which 
some of us have experienced in getting to feel at home in it, is perhaps due to the 
presence in our minds of an idea, as to what we should have meant bv the per- 
formance of a transformation, which was not the idea dominant in Lie's mind. 
The latter idea has, of course, to take possession of us before confusion of thought 
as we follow Lie's arguments can cease. By performance of the a; to a;' trans- 
formation on a function we have to mean, not the substitution in the function for 
the letters x of their expressions in terms of the letters x\ but the substitution for 
the letters x of the letters a^, or, more frequently, of the expressions for these in 
terms of the letters x. Lie was before all things a geometer. Transformation to 
him meant, in the first place, rearrangement in space. An a; to a:' transformation 
meant transference of points with coordinates x to the places of other points with 
coordinates x' given as functions of the x. 

Our danger of confusion is ffreatest when we deal with order in products of 
transformations. Taking formulae of successive transformation x' =/{x), of=^F (a/), 
the passage from <f>{x) to (f>{F[/{x) ]} is in Lie's theory a result of the first trans- 
formation followed by the second — a substitution first of x' for x and then of 
a^ for x'. The equallv reasonable observation from a different point of view, that 
it would result from first replacing x by F{x) according to the x', x' relationship, 
and then replacing x by/(a;) according to the x\ x relationship, is kept in the 
background. A lesson may however be drawn from this reversal of the order of 
ideas. We are in fact told that, if S denote the operation of transforming x to x' 
or fix), and T that of transforming x to F{x), so that T' properly means that of 
transforming a;' to F{x') or of, we must have 


where, as in the book under review, the first performed operation in a product is 
written on the right. We shall encounter presently an example of extrication 
from temporary confusion by means of a case of this theorem. 

The little book on Lie's theory which is before us deserves a hearty welcome. 
For a short time longer there is still no English book on the subject. Let those 
of us who know a little Italian peruse the present manuaL It is all the easier to 
start upon because there is not room in it for the dignified style and the almost 
wearisome elaboration of the greater works brought out under Lie's own auspices. 
Few authors know so well as Sig. Pascal how to present higher mathematics in 
didactic form. The range of his mathematical learning is moreover cyclopedic 

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The rate at which one naeful and up-to-date Manuale Hoepli from his pen foliowB 
another is remarkable. Signs of haste in production, though not entirely afaaent, 
are rare. 

The Mantioli Hoepli are books of size for the pocket. Two pages would go on 
one of an ordinary octavo. The type, which is beautifully clear, is almost extim- 
vagantly larse. The purchaser for haH-a-crown of the present yolnme might well 
be forgiven lor expecting only a meagre sketch of first principles, and not muoh of 
the analysis, perforce abounding in triple suffixes, etc., which is formidable of 
aspect even on the ample page of Teubner's Lie-Engel. He will be agreeably dis- 
appointed. The work is not unambitious. Its aim is '* Without lack of rigour 
and generality to contain in little space all that forms the basis of this advanced 
part of pure mathematics." The author has at any rate succeeded in making 
clear in their complete forms the principles and processes of the general theory. 
Special theories, and in particular the whole subject of contact transformations, 
are reserved for a promised further volume. 

Lie is of course followed closely, with judicious and lucid condenaatioo. 
Essentials are only omitted from arguments in certain lengthy and elaborate 
investigations which are honestly jpresented as given in sketch only, or even, 
where fundamentals are not at stake, by mere reference. Expectation of more 
than Lie ffives is at first raised by the mention of g^roups which are not '* Grappi 
di Lie," Lie having confined attention to sronps mhich contain the identical trans- 
formation and of which all other trans^rmations go in inverse pairs, whereas 
there may be groups which, for such reasons as that their parameters have not all 
values open to them, do not possess these properties. iBut groaps other than 
Gruppi di Lie are not in the sequel subjected to analytical treatment. 

The one important addition to Lie's analysis which occurs is a study (pp. Si, etc) 
of the product of two distinct tranhformations each of which is a finite transfor- 
mation of some one-parameter ^roup, with matter leading up to the study, and 
some application of its conclasions. Proofs based on it are as a rule only given 
as alternative to Lie's proofs. In this study signs of haste are unfortunately 
noticeable, and the reader is hardly left convinced. It is not, however, now 
intended to throw doubt on the conclusions. There is support of which the 
author is not conscious. He is mistaken in believing that the matter was first 
dealt with by himself in 1901. He will find substantially the same theory and 
essentially the same conclusions in two papers, by Mr. J. £. Campbell *' On a law 
of combination of op erato rs bearing on the theory of continuous transformation 
groups," in Vols. XXVHI. and XXIX (1897) of the Proceedings of the London 
Mathematical Society. 

An existence theorem is really in question in the study referred to. An xtoz' 
transformation is performed by operation with e^^i, and then an a/ to a^ transfor- 
mation by operation with ef^*'. X^ is the formal result of replacing accented 
letters by unaccented in X^. The existence theorem is that a liDear operator Z 
exists, and is linear with constant coefficients in tX^, t'X^* and a succession of 
alternants ("parentesi di Poisson") derived from these, which is such that the 
resultant x to a/' transformation can be performed by operation with e', t.e. that 

That the theorem is one of existence is not stated by our author. It is even 
doubtful whether he has realized the fact. The existence of a linear Zy of some 
form or other, he appears to assume in the one word " naturalmente." It almost 
looks as if he took the operational equality jast written to mean only that the 
product of two transformations is a transformation, whereas it really means that 
the product of two transformations each of which belongs to some group generated 
bv an infinitesimal transformation is a third transformation with a like property. 
The proof of the existence of Z is left to depend on the actual discovery of the 
coefficients in a. Z which suffices. This bein|^ so it is to be regretted that space 
could not be found for fuller proof of success in finding them. 

There is another hasty misconception in the text, at the outset of the same 
investigation, which happily the author discovered in time to correct it in a note 
at the end of the book. The error was to suppose that in e^^*ef^i we may without 
change of meaning replace X^ by X^ The correction is by means of a change of 
notation and a proof of what is practically the theorem of reversal of order 

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which is a particular case of one arrived at just now. The immediate consequence 
of this 

and the more general T=:STS-\ 

are in interestingly close analogy with well-known facts as to the transformation 

of one substitution by another. 

One of the many notes at the end of the volume contains a new proof, not given 
in full detail, of the difficult second part of Lie's third fundamental theorem. 

E. B. Elliott. 

A Textbook of Field Astronomy for Engineers. By Gkorgb C. 
GoHRTOOK, Director of the Washburn Observatory, Professor of Astronomy in 
the University of Wisconsin. Pp. x, 202. (John Wiley k Sons, New York.) 

This work consists of nine chapters, entitled : Introductory, Coordinates, Time, 
Corrections to coordinates, Rough determinations. Approximate determinations, 
Instruments, Accurate determinations, and The transit instrument. As its name 
implies, the book is intended for engineering students, and the " unconventional 
views " contained therein have developed during many years' experience in teach- 
ing the elements of practical astronomy. Tne ** unconventional views" are 
excellent things. In the reviewer's experience the ccnventional view of a transit 
instrument from a student's stand-point is that three errors are connected with it ; 
these he is quite eager to explain, but he is rather inclined to believe that the 
instrument is of no manner of use, and he is rather insulted if one asks him what 
it is for. Therefore, let those who teach and examine in astronomy, and who have 
no instruments to look after and no observations to make, get this book and 
acquire unconventional views as speedily as possible. The book will be found 
interesting and useful to the numerous amateurs who take pleasure in makine 
time observations, etc. We have tried to show that the work will be useful and 
interesting to persons for whom it was not written, and we wish it to be inferred 
a fortiori that the engineer will find in it all he wants — and he often wants what 
he cannot find in the ordinary text-book on astronomy. C. J. JoLY. 

Spedelle Algebraische nnd Transcendente Ebene Euryen. By Gino 
LoBiA. Translated into German by Fritz Schotte. 2 vols., pp. xiv, 744, with 
174 figures. 

It may be admitted with considerable truth that few exercises are more useful 
to the student than the tracing of a number of curves. It is imperative that 
before the pupil is introduced to the general theory of curves he shall be familiar- 
ised with asymptotes, nodes, cusps, and the like, by the detailed discussion of 
numerical equations. The study of curves has its practical value in Mechanics 
and Physics, and we ou^ht not to ignore its aesthetic value. Beauty and elegance, 
and even the *' wild civility " of the asymmetric curves, have their attractions to 
the human young. Curves, moreover, appeal to the historic sense as perhaps does 
no other branch of science. The first real impulse which awakened the study of 
this department of Mathematics out of the lethargy from which it had suffered 
since the days of the Greeks was given by Descartes. Then came a period 
of development in which fiffure the names of Cavalieri, Wallis, Roberval, 
Pascal, and Newton. Li reading the works of these founders of a new school, 
one has to be wary. Lack of communication, and the rarity and costliness 
of literature made it inevitable that there should be many working in the same 
field who were unknown to each other. Almost the last piece of work 
done by Pascal was the discussion of a curve to which he had given the 
name of the roulette. The same curve was dealt with by Koberval under 
the name of the trochoid ; to this generation it is familiar under the title of 
the cycloid, and indeed it was known to Galileo under that name. The historical 
sense of the school-boy may in this case be tickled by the knowledge that Pascal 
was suffering from the toothache and insomnia when the thought of his ** roulette " 
entered his mind. The disappearance of all aches and pains shortly after he had 
b^un to brood over the subject was piously regarded by him as an intimation 
from above, that the Great Architect of the Universe was viewing with unqualified 
approval the attack of the problems which had exercised the ingenuity of Galileo 
vnien dealing with rolling curves in connection with the construction of the arches 

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of bridges. Most teachers may have noticed that it is comparatively ea^ to excite 
an interest in the personality of the inventor of a theorem or a law. Who would 
not prefer the name "Euler line" to '*CONG line" for example? To stady a 
curve in detail, to see how the various j^roperties are brought to light, to reafite 
how the history of the curve has been innuenced by the progress of discoveries 
which perhaps had nothing to do with the art of curve tracing, to see where and 
why one man failed and his friend and rival, it may be, suc^eded — this cannot 
but prove a stimulus to the ^oud^ and enquiring mind, and may prove the germ 
of what in later years will npen mto efflorescence. But for even a short lecture 
such as is here suggested the teacher cannot rely for information on the ordinary 
text-books. Take for instance Frost* s Curve Tracing. It contains, we vmly 
believe, but two names in all its two hundred pases — Newton and De Qua* 
Think how much more interesting that admirable work might have been made by 
even the most elementary references to the history of the art. The teacher has 
no longer the excuse that he does not know whence to draw his materiaL This 
translation into German of Dr. Loria's encyclopaedic work will be far more than 
is necessary for such a modest programme as is permitted to the teacher when 
other claims are considered. It lb monumental. From cover to cover it teems 
with interest. A copy should be on the shelves of every College Library, for 
** the sight of means to do good deeds make good deeds done." The student who 
wishes to carry further his researches will find all that he requires in the shape of 
references from the literature of the earliest days up to the most recent memoirs. 
The amount of patient labour which these two volumes with their 750 pages 
represent is colossal. 

The FonndationB of Qeometry, by D. Hilbert. Authorised translation, 
by E. J. TowNSEND. Pp. viii, 142. 48. 6d. net (Open Court Co.: Kegan 
Paul) 1902. 

A translation of Hilbert's fascinating Orundlagen der Oeometrie is heartily 
welcome in this country, and the volume under notice is further enriched by 
the author's additions, which appeared in the French translation which M. 
Laugel published some years ago (Gauthier-Villars). It also contains a summary 
of a memoir embodying Hilbert's latest researches, which has probably already 
appeared in the Math. Ann, 

The first attempt to prove the concurrence in the plane of lines which are not 
parallel was made by L^gendre. He showed that if any one triangle has the sum 
of its angles equal to two right ansles, then the sum of the angles of all triangles 
will be two right angles ; but he &led in his endeavour to prove the existence of 
one such triangle. Saccheri in 1733, and later Gauss, Lobatchewsky, and Bolyai 
attacked the same problem, but on different lines. They started with the nega- 
tion of the axiom of parallels, and to the ffreat surprise and alarm of Saocheri (v. 
Russell, Foundations of Oeometry, p. 8) tne result was more than one Geometiy 
to the logical basis of which no objection could be found. Their success led to 
further investigations as to the axioms in general. The conception of space as a 
manifold of numbers gave Riemann, Helmholtz, and Lie the opportunity of estab- 
lishing on an analytical basis both the non-Euclidean system of Lobatchewsky, 
and the system in which Euclid's ** straight line " is avoided. In the former the 
sum of the angles of a triangle is always less, and in the latter idways greater, 
than two right angles. On the other hand, we have the purely geometrical in- 
vestigations of Veronese and Hilbert. How then are the researches of Hilbert to 
be placed with reference to the analytical researches of other workers in the same 
field ? Helmholtz showed that Euclid's propositions were in disguise but the laws 
of motion of solid bodies. The non-Euclidean propositions were in the same 
manner the laws to which are subject bodies analogous to solid bodies, but with 
no physical existence. Lie went further. Combining all the possible transforma- 
tions of a figure he calls the total a group. To each of these groups he attached a 
geometry ; all these geometries have common properties ; but the generality of his 
conclusions is impaired by the fact that all his groups are continuous. His space 
is a ZaMtnmannigfaltigkeit, His geometries are subject to the forms of ana^sis 
and arithmetic. Now, as M. Poincar^ points out [BvU. dea Sciences McUk6ma- 
tiques, Sept. 1902), this is exactly where Hilbert comes in. His spctces are not 
Zahlenmannigfaltigkeiten. The objects he calls point, line, or plane are purely 

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logical conceptions. The moat important of the additions to be found in the 
French translation are due to the investiffations of Dr. Dehn, of which mention 
has been made already in our colunms (No. 29, Oct. 1901, p. 94). The geometry 
which he constructs is one in which the sum of the angles of any triangle is two 
right angles ; in which similar non-oouffruent trianeles exist ; and in which an 
infinite number of parallels to any straight line may be drawn throuffh any point. 
As a translation the volume before us cannot be said to be entirely successful. 
It has been unmercifully and somewhat undeservedly ffibbeted by Prof. Halsted in 
Science, Aug. 22, 1902. A sober and detailed criticism oy Dr. Hedrick of both this 
and the French translation will be found in the Bull, of the American Math, Soc., 
Dec. 1902, to which considerations of space compel us to refer the reader, and in 
which will be found a long list of errors and misprints. We have carefully com- 
pared the French and English translations, and we find that Dr. Hedrick has 
omitted no point of any consequence, and that in oar opinion his strictures are 
(^nite justified and necessary to the clear understanding of the text. With his 
list of errata the translation in question may be read by the student who can 
appeal to an expert for guidance, bat on the whole we should prefer to place 
M. Laugers book in his hands. 


469. [K. so. b.] If be so small that its cube and higher powers may be 

3e^ 5^ 

neglected, and <^- ^+ 2« sin ^=-j- sin 2^, then ^- <^ - 2« sin <^=-t- "in 2<f>. 


470. [D. 8. b.] If Bucceaaive terms of a series are connected by the relation 
iknUn-9'-tinn-iUnr-i=^ ADcl the first three terms are unity, prove that (i.) all 
the terms are integral functions of a, (ii) any even term is the arithmetic 
mean of the adjacent terms ; and find an expression for the nth term. 

W. H. Lavertt. 

471. [K. la 0.] Prove that the general form of the approximation to the 
length X of a circular arc when powers of -= beyond the 2(n+l)th are 
neglected, R being the radius of the circle, is given by Ln where 

where ar= 1 - 4'" ; 6,.=r(r+ 2) ; /J, =chord of arc ^. 

(Hnygens's approximation is given by ii=l.) R Al. Milne. 

472. {L} 7. d.] Given the focus and directrix of a parabola, find by 
Euclidean methods the points in which the parabola cuts a given straight 
line. Solve also the same problem for the ellipse. R. F. Muirhsad. 

473. [L.^ 17. e.] A family of conies have their axes along given lines and 
pass through a given point ; show that the locus of the centre of curvature 
at the given point is a cubic whose asymptotes are all real. C. F. Sandbero. 

474. [K. 8. 6.] In a triangle ABC are inscribed three squares, of which the 
sides parallel to ABy BC, CA are DE\ EF\ FU, Prove that the circles 
AEFy BFU^ CDE* touch one another, and that the radius of the smaller 
circle which touches all three is -fl/(4 cot a>+7). C. E. Younomak. 

47& [K. 8. a.] The angles a, )3, y, 8 of a quadrilateral satisfy the relation 


Durham, 1902. 


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476. [B. S. 4.] ElimiDate 0, <f> from the equations 

Bin^+Bin<^aa ; 8in20+8Ui8^»6; 8m30+8in3<^>itf ; 
aud eliminate $ from the eqnatione 

168in»^-sin5^=a; 16oo8*^-coe6^=6. (C) 

477. lA. 8. b.] Solve the equations : 

(6«-o«)yf +(c»-a«)«r+(a*-6«)iy=0 ; 
(6-c)yf+(c-a)Mr+(a-6)jy+(6-c)(c-a)(a-6)=0. (C.) 

478. UL L b.] If 

[3^ [4 

where n is a positive integer, then shall 

2<^(a, j8, 2n)=<^(a«-2A )8», n). (G) 

479. [K. 8. 0.] Tangents are drawn to the dream- and 9-pt circles of a 
triangle ABC where they are met by the join of ^ to the orthocentre. Find 
the area of the quadrilateral thus formed. (C.) 

480. Pu^ 17. •.] Two equal and concentric ellipses are inscribed in a quad- 
rilateral. Their axes are at an angle a. Shew that the area of the quadri- 

^^"^ "» 2N/(a«^6«)«8in«a-|-4<i«6«. 

Two similar concentric ellipses of same eccentricity «, have their major 
axes at an angle a ; shew how to find u if the foci of the first be on the 
second, and the ends of the minor axis of the second lie on the first (C.) 


406. [K. S. a.] (Corrected.) GAB is an isosceles triangle, base AB, and FAB 
is any other triangle on the same base and in the same plane : prove that 

40AKPA.PB.coBmA0B'-APB)-^BA^.0P*=0A^(PA + PB)\ (C.) 

Solution &y R N. Aftb. 
AB^c; OA = OB^a; PA=^x; PB^y \ PO^z\ lAPB^6\ LAPO^<f>; 
while a, A denote the angles 0, A of the triangle OAB, 
(i.) Taking 0, P on same side of P, 

c*aB;r^+yS - 2jEy cos ^, 
a^=j;*+«'-2j?« cos^ 
o*=y*+«'-2y« C08(^+<^) ; 
/. occos J=i(<r'-|-a'-a')=-ryco8^-dacos<^-|-y«cos(^-h<^)+A"*. 
Also oc sin ^=j:y sin ^+4»B sin <^-yf sin ^Tf^ 

Bearranging, squaring, and adding, we find 

=aM+^-H4?«+2ac4?y cos (i4 + ^-- 2acr* cos ^ - 2a:3^ cos ^, 
le. c««*=aV-|-c2jr»-|-2acaycos(^ + ^)-2ac«»co8i4 

=aV+2acaycos(^-|-^ (v c=2aco8^.) 

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(ii.) If 0, P be on opposite sides of AB, 
c*«*=aV+2a<ury cos (^ - ^. 
.-. cV«aV+2acrycos(^±^) 

=a»(4J*+y2_ 2.rjf cos 6)+2acxy cob(A±0) 

= a2(^ +y)« - 2ay [a2(H- cos ^ - oc cos (^ ± ^] 

= aV +y)' - 2a5^[H- cos ^ - 2 co8«^ cos ^ ± 2 sin ^ cos w4 sin ^] 

=^a\x+t/y-2a^x2/[l -cos(2J ± $)] 

=aV+y)*-2a«ay[l+cos(aqF^)] (v ^=|-|) 

^a\x+yf - 4a«ry cos« (^). 

according as 0, P are on the same side or on opposite sides of AB. 

Solution 6y R M. Milne. 

Let C be mid-point of AB. Describe the circumcircle of the triangle APB, 
and denote the aiameter which passes through by TT, A and B are the 

foci of an ellipse which passes through P, and PT, PT' are the tangent and 
normal at P. In the following analysis the constants a, &, c refer to this 
ellipse, and P is the point (or, y) referred to the usual axes. The point 

will be (o, c^. 
Transposing, the question reads 

40A*.PA,PBcoB^^^^^^^^=0A^(PA+PBy^-'AB*. 0P\ 
The Left-hand member ^A.OA^.PA . FBoo^^AOC-vATC) 
=4 0^« P^ pq{OCj^T±AC^ 


_4 a«[c-hgg(y -c)]« 
The Right-hand member = 4a* (c^ -h a«e») - 4aM. 0P» 


= i^-^[«*0 -«*)»+yV+2y«»(l -e^] 

= Left-hand member. 

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415. [K. 9. b.] It is required to intertbe in a given circle a^+y*=a* a reffular 
keptaaoifiy one of tohose angrdar points li^s at (a, o). Prove that the tioo red- 
angular hyperliolas whose centres are at the points ( j^a, ± iaV?), whose trans- 
verse axes are parallel to Os, and which pass througn the point (a, 0% cut the 
circle also in the required angular points, [Suggestions for simpler constructiotu 
are invited,] H. W, Richkovd. 

Solution by H. G. Bell. 

The rectangular hyperbolas referred to are 

and these intersect 3t^-\-y^=cfi in points whose abscissae are given by 

(4a;* - CW7 - 3a8)« = la\a^ - ^). 
Dividing out by factor ^-a, we get on reduction, 
ar8+ 4flu:2 - 4a«j: - a3=0, 

whose roots are 

27r 47r 67r 

acos-f, acos-^, acos^ 
7 7 7 

Hence the points of intersection give the vertices of inscribed heptagon. 

Solution by R. F. Davis. 

If in an auxiliary figure we construct the parabola y^^^ax^ and the 
hyperbola y(y-.r+ 2a) =a^ the ordinate of the point of intersection of these 
curves nearest the origin is exactly the side of the regular polygon of fourteen 
sides inscribed in a circle of radius a. 

For if A^ be that ordinate, it will be found that 

A3-X«-2A.+ 1=0; or X=2 8in(7r/14). 

Solution by Proposer. 
The rectangular hyperbola 

intersects the circle ar^+y^=a^ at (a, 0), and at three other points. Write 
the equation of the hyperbola 

and substitute :er=a cos ^, y=asin ^, cos ^+isin ^=^ ; then 
either *=1 or <3+jt«-ii-l-itV7(^+0=0. 

. Now if 

Zir Sir 

;?=cos-y+isin-Y-, ^'=1, and pfi+p^+p^+p^+p^+p= -1. 

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Thus p+p^+p* and ffi-k-p^-k-f^ are roots of «*+«+2=0, and 

Hence the equation whose roots are p, jo^, p^ is 

or «3+i^-i<-l-JiV7(i*+0=0. 

.'. The hyperbola cuts the circle in four points whose vectorial angles 
measured from Ox are 

f. 2ir 4ir Sir 

U, -^, y, ^. 

416. [M^ 8. a.] AW (m a given straight line two points which shaU be 
komologotu in troo given simUar ftgnres, C. £. Younoman. 

Solution fty R F. Davis. 

Let P, Q be homologous points iu the two figures ; the centre of simili- 
tude. Upon the given straight line AB take points X, T, such that the 
angle OXB^OPQ and OYA = OQP. Then the triangles OPQ, OXY arc 
similar; etc. 

419. \JBl 9. b.] A^ B are ttoo smooth holes in a smooth horitontal tabte, dis- 
tance %a apaartj a particle of mass M rests on the table midway between A and 
By and a particle of mass m hangs beneath the table suependea from M by two 
equal vmghtless inextensibU strings, each of length a(l +8ec a), passing through 
A and B; a blow J is given to M in a direction perpendictdar to AB. Shew 
that ifJ*> 2Magm tan a, M will oscillate to and fro through a distance 2a tan a, 
but %f J* is less than this quantity and = 2Mmag {tan a - tan j8), the distance 
through which M oscillates wUl be 2W(8ec a-sec )^)(8ec a - sec )8+2). 

St John's (C), 1896. 

Solution by W. F. Brard ; R. F. Davis ; C. V. Durbll. 

Let 6 be the ansle (in the plane of the table) which the upper portion 
of either string makes at any instant with AB ; <^ the angle in the vertical 
plane which the lower portion makes with AB. Initially ^=(i, and the 
energy of the system is J^j^M, The potential eiiersiy when the system is 
instantaneously at rest is ^a(tan a - tan <^), and the kinetic energy =0. 

7ii^a(tan a - tan 4>)=^J^/2Af. 

(i.) If J*=2Jrm^a(tana-tau/?), 

<t>=fi, sec ^= I +8ec a - sec ^ [from length of string], 

and tan*^ = (sec a - sec )8)* + 2(sec a - sec )8), 

so that M oscillates through a distance 

2W(8ec a - sec ^)(8ec a - sec )3 + 2). 

(iL) If J^=2Mmaatajiay <^=0, and the lower particle comes to rest in the 
line AB, and M will oscillate through a distance 2a tan a. 

(iii.) If J^>2Mmgat&nay m strikes the bottom of the table with a finite 
velodtpr, and Ji still oscillates through 2a tan a, but the oscillations are not 
periodic until after an infinite number of impacts unless the table be inelastic. 

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425. [K. 2. c.] The sides of a triangle ABC are hieected in D, E, F; skew that 
on the circle DEF four positions of a point P may he found such that 


and that these are the four points where the circle is touched by the indrde and 
exdrdes of the triangle ABC. 

Shew also thcU the tangents to the circle cU these fotw points are also tangents 
of the ellipse which touches each side of ABC at its middle point, 

H. W. Richmond. 
Solution by Proposer. 

If Dy j&LjPbe three points on a circle touched by a second circle at P, and 
DP, EPj FP cut the second circle in D, JET, F, 

My : BE' : FF :: I>P\EP\ FP. 

.'. the tangents from Z>, E, F to the second circle have their lengths, viz., 

{DD.DP}^, {EE'.EP)\ {FF.FD^ 

proportional to DP, EP, FP. 
Hence if P be the point of contact of the incircle of ABC and the n.p. circle 

DP'.EP: FP'.'.\{h^c).i{a^c).\{a^h\ 

for the last are the lengths of the tangents from D,EyF to the incircle. 

.-. DP±EP±FP=0. 

So for the escribed circles. 

Again, if pi, p^Pshe the perpendiculars from D, E, F on the tangent at P, 


Hence the tangent touches a conic through D, E, F, the tangents at />, E, F 
belDg sides of ABC. 

450. [K. 20. 6.] In any triangle, rj, r^, r^ being the ex-radii, and s the 
semi-perimeter, shew that 

__r2+r3 ^_j8±n_^ _ n+^2 

(s - a) sin A {s — 6) sin B (s-c) sin C* 

and give a symmetrical expression for the common value. K N. Barisisn. 

Solution by W. F. Beard ; J. M. Child. 

(«-a)sin^ 2(»-a) * A 






451. [J. 1. a. a.] Iff{n) be the number of pertnutations of n letters altogether, 
on condition that no letter is moved more than one place from its originci 

position in a given order, then 

^«-« ,^%TT=2 sm 18^ E. M. Lanolbt. 

/(» + l) 

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Solution hy W. F. Bbard. 

The number of permutations in which the first letter retains its place is 
/(n-1) : the number in which it is moved is f(n-2), 

/. /(n)=/(n-l)+/(w-2). 

Also /(1)=1, /(2)=2 ; and if 

a being positive and numerically greater than /?, so that 

a + )8=l:aj8=-l, 
f(n) is the coefficient of s^ in the expansion in ascending powers of x of 

l-x-x»'~Z:^\l-ax l-$xl* 

. f(n) _ (a-l)a^^-()g-l)ff^^ ^ -i8ar'-' + a)8"-' 
• /(n + 1)" (a-l)a"~()8-l)j3» -)8a"+a)8- 


— ^Vl [■■l?l<'] 


Solution hy J. M. Child. 
If /(w)=r+«, where r of the permutations end in a,, and * in a,_i, then 
/(n + l)=2r+», 
of which r end in a„, and r+» in a»+i, and 

/(w + 2)=2(r+»)+r=/(w + l)+/l(n). 
Hence ■' * '-^ is in general the reciprocal of the convergents to the con- 
tinued fraction 

1^1^11 r 1 . n 

^ + h:TTiTi+' L=^=^n-J 

453. [L^ 17. •.] T%oo conies have a common focus and their directrices are at 
right angles : what is the condition that their common chord may pass through 
the common focus? A. F. Van dbr Hetden (Durham, 1902). 

Solution by W. F. Beard. 

Let S be the common focus ; PQ the common chord ; R the intersection of 
the directrices ; c, ^ the eccentricities ; PM^ PM\ QN^ QN' perpendiculars on 
the directrices. 

e. PM=SP=^.PM' ',e,QN^e',QN' ; 

.*. PQ passes through R, 

and if 8 lies on PQ, e.SX^ef,SX\ 

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i,e, the conies have equal latera recta ; this is also easUy proved from the 
polar equations of the conies. 

[The semi latus rectum is a harmonic mean between the sej^nents of an/ 
focal chord ; hence if two conies have a common focus and a common chord 
passing through that focus, they must have equal latera recta : the directrices 
need not be at right angles.] 


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In plane coordinate geometry, with a system of rectangular axes, I wish to 
press the claim of points whose coordinates are given by complex numbers 
to be represented on the plane in just the same way as all otner points in 
the plane. 

It will doubtless be oonce<led that when we plot a point from its coordinates 
{jpj If) we are in reality plotting its position by means of the complex 
quantity x+iy. This we nabitually do when x and ^ are simple, or 'real' 
lengths, and my contention is that we ought to extend the privilege to all 
points whatever. 

If we allow ourselves to do this when x and y are complex numbers, we 
can always represent 'imaginary' points by real ones. Such plotted points 
may be called the representatives of the imaginary points ; or, for brevity, 
they may be considered as being actually the imaginary points, which will 
thus be real in position, and imaginary only in the sense that they are not 
visibly situated in the locus whose equation they satisfy by virtue of their 
particular complex coordinates. 

Thus, let (m+ip^ n+i^) be the complex coordinates of a point. We plot 
it as (m-{-ip)-{-i{n+tq\ i.e, (m-5')+i(»+j?), its simple coordinates being 

The conjugate complex, viss. (m - ip, n-iq) would similarly have the simple 
coordinates (m+9, n-p). 

In this way the pair of complexes (m±ijp, n±iq\ and their pair of simple 
correlatives (m7^, n±p\ both uniquely represent the positions of the two 
points given by the complex relations (m+wi)±i(p+t^). 

There is a perfect 2 to 2 correspondence between the first and second pair 
of Doints. 

But there is a distinction. 

The points (m+ijp, n-\rig) and (m-ijp, n~iq) satisfy the equation 

x—m _ y—n 
"^- q ' 
while the points (m-^, n-\'p) and (m+9, n-p) satisfy the equation 

t.6. the first pair of points are imaginary points on one line, and the second 
pair are real points on a line at right angles to the first. Both lines pass 


Digitized by 



through (w, n). The distance of the first pair of points from (m, n) U 
i>J{v^-¥q^)t and the distance of the second pair from (m, n) is y/ip^-^g^- 

Hence, two conjugate imaginary points on a line are represented by a pair 
of real points which are each other's images in the line, at a distance from it 
equal to the modulus of the purely imaginary part of the complex coordinates, 
their mid-point having as coordinates the purely real parts of the same 

Now the imaginary points on a line are doubly infinite in number, covering 
the whole plane. The above investigtation shows that they do not lie 
haphazard on it, but that conjugate points are * image' points in the line. 
As a corollary it follows that the plane can be stratified, as it were, into a 
series of loci consisting of cou jugate imaginary points on the line, which will 
have the line as an axis of symmetry and will cross it at right angles, if at 
all, unless they have some singularity, such as a cusp or double point, where 
they cross it. And, conversely, any locus which has the line as an axis of 
symmetry consists of a series of conjugate imaginary points on the line. 

Now take the case of a pair of imaginary points on a circle. This we can 
best do by considering the intersections of a non-cutting straight line with 
the circle. 

Evidently the circle is onlv one of a coaxial system, cutting the line in the 
same two points. Hence the limiting points of the system are the repre- 
sentatives of the imaginary points of intersection. Consequently the 
imaginary points of intersection lie on the radius which cuts the line 
orthogonally, at distances (rj, r,) from the centre given by the equations 
r|r2 = a^ ana rj-f-r2=26, where a is the radius of the circle, and h the distance 
of the line from the centre of the circle. 

By moving the line in any systematic manner, we can obtain a locus of 
imaginary points which will (except for singularities) cross the circle ortho- 
gonally if at all. Thus, if we move the line parallel to itself, the locus is a 
diH meter of the circle perpendicular to the series of moving lines ; if we 
rotate it round any point on it, we obtain an orthogonal circle, and so on. 
All loci so obtaineil will have their parts which are outaide the circle the 
inverses of the parts which are inside the circle. 

Now take the case of a conic. We will treat this analytically by finding 
the points where the ellipse 

6«^-i-ay=a«62 (1) 

is cut by any line 6a: cos </> -Hay sin </>=i:a6, (2 

where h is greater than 1. 

We shall find that if we move the line parallel to itself, the intersection 
points lie on a confocal conic which cuts the given conic orthogonally at the 
point of contact of the parallel tangent 

6arcos</>-Haysin</>=a6 (3) 

Consequently the whole plane can be stratified, as it were, into a series of 
confocal conies, each confocal being the locus of the pairs of imaginary points 
in which a series of parallel external lines cut the given conic 

To prove this, solve (1) and (2) simultaneously, remembering that k is 
greater than unity. 

We find, for the points of intersection, 

x=kaco&<f>±.iasirni>^{k^ — \y\ /a\ 

y=kh sin <jE> + V6 cos ^iji}^ - l)i * 

their position being represented on the diagram by ^-f-iy in each case, the 
values of their corresponding simple coordinates being 

ar=^acos<^±6cos<^/^(^-l)\ /^ 


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If we now eliminate k, we fin 1 for the locus of the points of intersection of 
the series of parallel chords with the ellipse, the curve 

a7*8ec^<^-y*cosec2<^ = a*--6* (6) 

This is a confocal hyperbola, passing through the point (a cos </>, b sin </>) which 
is the point of contact of ^3) with (1), and which we may call the point P. 

The asymptotes to this hyperbola make the angle </> with the axis of Xy so 
that they pass through the points where the auxiliary circle of the ellipse is 
cut by the ordinate at P. 

The mid-points of the pairs of conjugates lie on tlie diameter 

bx Bin <l>=ai/ coa <l>y (7) 

t.e. on the diameter passing through P. 

The line through the mid-point Mof any one of such pairs drawn perpen- 
dicular to the system of parallel chords will cut the hyperbola in the required 
pair of points. The equation of this line is 

flw?8ec<^-6yco8ec<^=it(a'-6*) (8) 

The pole of (8) with regard to the hyperbola is 

( acos<^ 68in <^\ 

which is also the pole of the line (2) with regard to the ellipse. We are thus 
led to the very interesting theorem that the tangents to the hyperbola 
drawn from the representative points (5) where the given chord (2) cuts the 
given ellipse intersect in the pole of the chord with respect to the ellipse. 

Consequently not only do real points on the hyperbola represent imaginary 
points on the ellipse, but real tangents to the hyperbola represent imaginary 
taiigeuts to the ellipse. 

There are other interesting things connected with pairs of conjugate 
imaginary points on a conic, but the above are sufficient to show that the 
recognition of the right of imaginary points to be elevated to the dignity of 
plottable points on the plane will be rewarded bv interesting developments. 
The main object of this paper is to plead that right. 

Some of the developments are likely to be important, as evidently the 
matter is closely connected with the theory of orthogonal curves. 

The connection of the above with the Argand diagram is too obvious to 
need pointing out. It shows that the method of plotting by rectangular 
coordinates is an extension of the Argand diagram to two variables. It has 
many interesting applications in the theory of equations. 

A. LoDaE. 

Cooper's Hill. 


The purpose of the present note is to show how the student who is 
acquainted with the methods only of using and transforming rectangular 
axes is already in a position to determine tlie geodesic curvature and torsion 
of any curve traced on a surface, and in particular to prove Gauss' formula 
for the product of the principal curvatures in terms of the geodesic curvatures 
of the lines of curvature. 

If the axes of x and y are turned in their plane about the origin through 
an angle 6, the formulae of transformation of coordinates are 

x=x' COB d-y'B\n $, 

y =y sin ^+y cos Of 

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leading to o.t^+2Aj3(+6y«=a'd/«+2AVy'+6'y*, 

where o'=aco8«^+2Aco8 ^sin 0+bam^6j 

h'=(b-a)coBeBm ^+A(co8«^-8m«^X 
b'=a Bm^$-2h sin 6 cos 6+b coa^d, 
80 the term in o/y disappears when the angle of rotation is given hy 

When ^ is so smaU that ^ may be neglected, these formulae become 

The change of coordinates due to rotating the frame of reference through 
an angle 6i about the axis of a?, and then through an angle 6^ about the axis 
of y, when squares of the angles are neglected, is found by combining the 

^=^ ] y=y^ ] 

.y=y'-«'^i ^ and si^^-aTe^ V» 

which lead to 

showing that the order of the rotations is immaterial. Hence the plane 
m"=0 is, when referred to the original axes, 

We define the normal curvature of a curve traced on a surface as the com- 
ponent rate at which the tangent plane turns about the line in itself 
perpendicular to the tangent line to the curve, and the geodetic tornon as the 
component rate at which the tangent plane turns about the tangent line, the 
point of contact beins supposed to describe the curve at unit rate. 

Let the equation of a surface be expressed in the form 

« = W2 + M8 + W4 + -.| 

where 2u^ = ax^ + 2hxi/ + by\ 

and U3, t^A, ... are homogeneous polynomials in x^ y of degrees indicated by 
their sumxes, so that the origin is on the surface, and the axis of « is normiJ 
to it. 

Change the origin to (&i, 0, 0) and neglect the square of &| ; the new 
equation is 

showing that the tangent plane at the new origin is 

On comparing this with 

we see that the tangent plane has undergone rotations 

so, without paving attention to sign, we mav say that a is the normal 
curvature and h the geodesic torsion of the section by y=0. Similarly, for a 

Digitized by 



displacement ^2 ^^ ^^® point of contact alonff the section by 07=0, the 
tangent plane undergoes rotations 6^ and -hSs^ We infer that a9i^ two 
carves on a surface which cut at right angles have the same (numerical) 
geodesic torsion. 

Since by turning the axes of x and y it is possible to get rid of the term 
in xy^ we infer that there are two curves through any point of the surface 
which have zero geodesic torsion ; this may be taken to be the definition of 
lines of curvature^ and when the term in xy is absent, the coefficients of or* 
and ^'^are called the principal curvcUttres. 

The familiar forms for normal curvature and geodesic torsion are found 
simply by taming the axes of x and y through an angle 0. If then the 

becomes 2z=aa^+2ha!if + by^+,„y 

we have a = ki cos* O+k^ sin* 6, 

giving Euler's formula for normal curvature, and 

A =(ic2 - Ki) coe $ sin $, 

giving the torsion of any geodesic. 

In future we shall toke a^icj, A=0, & = ks) so that the standard form of 
equation is 

22 = ICia;* + IC2y* + W8 + ^*4 + —» 

where 3ms = J^+35x^+3Crjr*+/y, 

In order to find the rates of change of the principal curvatures we transfer 
the oriffin to (S^], 0, 0), and then turn the axes until the equation is again 
reduced to standard form ; throughout the work squares of displacements 
are neglected. In the equation 

we must replace z by z+k^xSsi 

and X by x — tc^zSsu 

This does not affect the quadratic terms, which are 

To remove the middle term turn the axes through the small angle 
BSsi/ijci-Ki), thereby leaving the coefficients of a^ and y* unaltered. The 
eauation is now of the standard form and we may indicate the changes 
wnich the coefficients have undergone by the symbol & Thus 

that is to say, the coefficients A and C of the original equation are the rates 
of change of the principal curvatures along the first line of curvature. 
Similarly we may write B'^BKJSsf, D=SkJ8s^ It must carefully be 
noticed that the svmbol S is not the same as tlie symbol of differentiation, 
for although Sf*, cs^ are elements of length, they are not peifect differentials 
of functions of the coordinates, and so the integrated forms f^, «, have no 
definite meaning ; much less therefore can tc^, K^oe regarded as functions of 
#1 and «2- 

We have seenrthat when the origin moves along a line of curvature and 
the axis of x is tangent to it, the axis of z being normal to the surface, then 


Digitized by 



the frame turns about the t-axis at a rate BI(k^ - k^ ^gi ny. Then gi u 
called the geodetic curvature of the Hue of curvature, and ia positive when the 
turning ia from x towards y. Similarly CI(k^- #c,X =^g% aay, is the geodesic 
curvature of the other line of curvature and is positive when the turning is 
from y towards x. In order to find Gauss' expression for «C|K, in terms of 
^1, g^ and their rates of change, we require to know SCI&y In order to 
bring back the equation 

to standard form we have, as was shown above, to replace 
X by x-i#Ci(Ki;r»+#Cjy«)&i-y^i&i, 
y by y+^i&„ 
z by z-^K^xSsi, 

and then the coefficient of xr/* arises from the terms 

and is - iCj^ic^, - ZBg^Ssi + C+ y&i + Dg^. 

Accordingly we write 

Similarly 85/8«j=y-ic,icj*+(Cii -2(7«)/(#c,-KiX 

whence SgilSi^+8gJhi=(SB/88^-8C/88{)/(K^-K^ 

= ic,ic,4-(5«+C«)/(ki-icj)«; 

which is the formula required. 

Since squares of small quantities are being neglected, the displacements 
3«|, Ssf may be superposed hy addition. Hence when the origin is moved to 
(S«„ &ft 0) the frame must undergo a rotation 

in order that the axes may be i^in tangents to lines of curvature. If then 
a curve makes a variable angle ^ with the first line of curvature through any 
point of it, a frame having one axi*« always tangent to it and another normal 
to the surface must turn about the latter through an angle 

from which we deduce that the rate of turning, which by definition is the 
geodesic curvature, is 

giCos$-g^ sin 6 + dS/ds, 

Having found the normal curvature, geodesic curvature and geodesic 
torsion of any curve on a surface, we are in a position to determine its 
curvature, torsion, and all other intrinsic properties. 

Interesting examples of these methods are afforded by asymptotic curves 
and parabolic curves, but it is unnecessary here to pursue the details. 

R W, H. T. Hudson. 
Liverpool, November, 1902. 

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What follows is a condensed statement and classification of various proofs 
of the above well-known theorem. 

For two positive quantities, a and 6, the proof may be put as follows : 

— r >/ab=^ — o \ which is > 0. 

(1) .-. ^>v^. 

otherwise, let the two quantities be denoted by j?+ y and j:-y, then their 
arithmetic mean :p is > their geometric mean Vor^-y*. 

Here we assume for the sake of simplicity, as we shall do throughout, that 
the given (quantities are not all equal ; otherwise the symbol -^ would have 
to be used instead of >. We shall use A and G to denote the means. 

To extend the theorem to n positive quantities a, 6, c, ..., several methods 
are available, which mav be classified as follows : 

A. By substituting for the greatest and least another equal pair, which 
{a) leaves the A.M. unaltered and increases the G.M., or ()8) leaves the G.M, 
unaltered and diminishes the A.M., but in both cases makes the AM. and 
the G.M. continually approach equality. 

B. By substituting for a and o, the greatest and least of the set, a pair of 
quantities having (a) the same G.M., or (13) the same A.M. as a and 6, one 
of the pair being the mean of all ; and so by a Jlmte number of steps com- 
pleting the proof. 

C. By proving the theorem for n=2"*, and extending it to the general 
case by introducing 2"'-n equal quantities (a) each equal to (?, or (0) each 
equal to ^. 

D. By mathematical induction, making the case for n quantities depend 
on that for n- 1. Here also are two varieties, (a) and ()3), in which A and G 
exchange rdles, and a third, (y), depending on the inequality 

(•-;)•> ('^^r 

E. By showing that A and G are the extremes of a set of means of cognate 
type which are in descending order of magnitude. 

Aa. Substitute for a and b, the greatest and least of the n given quan- 
tities, a pair of quantities each=(a + 6)/2. We have thus a new set of n 
c^uantities whose sum is the same as that of the given set, but whose con- 
tinued product is greater, since by (1), . 

{^J>ab and .-. {^Y .cde...>abcde.... 

By taking a sufficient number of such steps we ultimatelv get a set having 
the same sum as a, 6, c, ... but a greater product, the members of which are 
as nearly equal to one another, and therefore to their G.M., as we please. 
At the same time this G.M. approaches as nearly as we please to the A.M« 
which is the same for all the sets. Since the G.M. of the last set is > that 
of the given set by a finite amount, it follows that the G.M. of the latter is 
less than its A.M. 

Afi. Substitute for a and b their G.M. Jab taken twice, and we get a new 
set of n quantities having the same continued product as that of a, 6, c, ..., 
but a smaller sum, since 

^yfah-a-b^ -{^a^Jbf, which is < 0. 

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Taking a sufficient number of such steps, we ultimately get a set of numbers 
as nearly equal to one another, to their A.M., and to their G.M., as we please, 
and having the same product as a, 6, c, ..., but a smaller suul Hence we 
deduce that the A.M. of tlie original set is greater than their G.M. 

In order to make the proofs Aa and A)3 complete, it would be necessary to 
show that by taking a sufficient number of steps in each case, we cxm make 
the numbers of the resulting set approach mutual equality as nearly as we 

Bo. Assuming.for the present that both the arithmetic and the geometric 
means of n quantities lie between b and a, the least and the greatest of them. 

Of the geometric mean, will lie between a and b» Let then Jb=-^, so that 
a+6-((?+it)=a+6-(?-^=i(a-(?)(Gf-6), which i8>0; 

.-. a-{-b>0+k. 

Thus we have a new set of quantities having the same continued product as 
the ffiven set but a smaller sum, and indudmg at least one quantity equal 
to 6^ By a series of similar steps, not more than n - 1 in number, we arrive 
at n quantities G^ having a smaller sum than the given set, whose A.M. is 
therefore > G. 

B)8. Next let A be the arithmetic mean of the given numbers, and let 
k^^a+b-Af where, as before, a and b stand for the greatest and least of the 
set considered. Then A lies between a and b. Again, 

Ak'-ab=A(a+b'^A)^ab={a'-A){A-b\ which is > 0. 

Thus taking A and k for a and 6, we have a new set of quantities having the 
same sum, but a greater continued product, and including at least one 
quantity equal to ^. By a number of similar steps, n- 1 at most, we arrive 
at a set of n quantities, each equal to Ay which have a greater continued 
product than a, 6, c, ..., and whose G.M. is therefore > G, Hence A > O. 

To prove the assumptions that A and G lie between a and 6, we have only 
to note that 

(2) wa-»-4=(a-a)+(a-6)+(a-c)+..., which is > 0, so that a > il. 

(3) nA-nb =(a- 6) +(6 - 6) +(c - 6)+ ..., which is > 0, so that A > b. 

(4) a'*~'G^=a^-r(abc ...)=- • -7 • -..., which is > 1, so that a > (?. 

(5) 6^-T- 6"=(afe ...)-7-6"=| • T • J..., which is > 1, so that G >b. 

C. To prove the theorem when 71=2**, observe that 

a+6+c+...-7i(a. 6. c...)" 



« 1 1 

+ ... + 2{(a6...)*-(ttt;. ..)•}, which is > 0. 

Hence (a+6+c...)/n>(a6c...)". Q.E.D* 

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Co. Next suppoae n not a power of 2, and let n+j?=2"'. 
a+b+c... + pO > (n-^- p)(abc ... G^y*' 

/. a+b+c...>nOf 
whence A > O. 

Cj8. Again, a-\-b+c+... + pA>(n-\'p)(abc.„A''y^. 

.% nA + pA> (71+ pXO^A'Y^. 
.-. A''-*'' > O^A". 
.\ A>G. 
Da. Arrange aicta ... in ascending order, so that an>On-i (see (4)), and let 

^n-is(ai«a...a«^i)"^ and 6'» = (aia2...a„)". 
Assuming ai+aa+ ... +a»_i > (n- l)(?^i. 

.-. ai+aa + ... + a»_i+a„>(n-l)(?,_i+o«. 

«i+aa+...+a«^ /3 , a«-^n-i 

hj the Binomial Theorem, since On - G^«-i is positive. 

Hence, starting from (1), by mathematical induction, A> O. 
Dj8. Assume Anr-i > On-i^ By (2) a, > i(„_i, 

, . n-l^„_i+a„ . a„--4n-i 

••• <>^:.,+«^ 

-I ^ On- An 




.-. An>Gn. 

Ab before, by mathematical induction, A > G.. 

Dy. Thacker's proof depends on this lemma : if :r is positive, and n a 
positive integer, . . 


which is proved by expanding both sides by the Binomial Theorem, and 
observing that the rth term of the former expansion is > that of the latter, 

n n-1 »-2 w-r+2^n-l n-2 n-3 n-r+1 

n n n-1 w-1 n-l n— 1 

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Hence ^.=0,^1+ — ) 

^^'V^ (ii^^T)^ ) V the lemm*, 


ThaB, aBsnming A > Oforn-l quantities, we have 

Al > (hichat ... a„) >(?||. 

.'. An>0^ 

Thus the theorem follows bj mathematical indaction. 

S. Let JV^s(sum of products of ci, 6, c, ... taken r at a time) 4- (number of 
such products), then it is proved in the Theory of Equations that 

(6) Nl>Nr^^Nr^^. .'. ■§^>^ 

Hence ^»>^>^« >JL>^-i 

Hence _->.-.> ^^. ..>_>__. 


•. ^W.<K'' ••. ^Xi<K 

(7) Ni>Nl>Nl..,>Nl. 

But N^^An and Nl=0^ 

Hence An> Omi» 

The following formula, recently arrived at by the writer, expresses in a 
form which shows that it is necessarily positive, the excess of the arithmetic 
over the geometric mean of n quantities, written for convenience in the 
form a*, 6*, c*.... 


+ n(n-lV(n-2 -)^(«-^)('»--^'-')'' 


+ . 

where each term is of course of degree n in a, 6, c, (f.... 

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to Thac 


The following references, though not exhaustive, may be found useful : 

Aa is given 07 Todhunter and by Chrystal ; Aa and A)8 are both given 
bj C. Smith. 

6a is due to O. H. Bryan (see the Tutorial Algebra)^ and B)3 to G. E. 
Crawford (Edin. Math, Soc, Proceedings, XVIII., p. 2). 

CjS is given in Todhuntei-'s Algebra, and is due to Cauchy (Analyse Alg^- 
% p, 457) ; and Ca is obviously suggested by it. 
, \ is given in H. Weber's Algebra, and Da is suggested by it Dy is due 
rhacker {Comb, and Dub. Math. Joum., VI., p. 81). Another proof, of 
type D, but depending on a different fundameutal inequality, is given by 
Chrystal (Algebra, XXIV., § 8). 

E is given by Schlomilch in his ZeitscJirift (III., p. 301), with a proof 
depending on Theory of Equations, and attributed to Fort. A proof of (7) 
by mathematical induction, not involving Theory of Equations, will be found 
in the Edin, Math, Soc. Proceedings, XIX., p. 36. B. F. Muibhbad. 


124. [IX 3. b.] Addition Series. 

An Addition series is one in which tt„=tt„_i + Wn-a, the principal addition 
series being 

1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, etq., A. 

which was originally invented to obtain numbers by which to divide, practi. 
cally, a line in extreme and mean ratio. In fact, in A., 

Un = Un-l + Un-iy and UnUn-Z - ttn-1* = ± 1 , 

which is as near an approximation to E. and M. ratio as is possible in integers. 

and, by induction, the sum of n terms^u^+a-l. 

The following are properties of A. which can be proved by induction, or 
from the value of u^* 

If M==UnUn-B-Un-it^-2y then M= ±\ (M in G.P. and A. P. respectively 
being aud - 26'). 

Wo=0; andt<_„=±Wn. 

The mn^ term is divisible by the »***. 

u^-Un-^ and Uff+Un^-f are each equal to a term of A. 

One of the two Ui?±u„? is always equal to the product of two terms of A. 

The general Addition series can be expressed in terms of A., foi- it is : 

a, b, a+6, a+26, 2a+36, 3a+56, etc. G.A 

The sum of n terms of G.A. is aun+b(un^i - 1) where w„ is a term of A. 
In G.A., M= ±(a« + a6-6«) ; and UnUn-z-Un-i^-^M\ where Un is a term 
of G.A. 
The sum of n terms is U„+t - U^ ; and the sum of n terms after the m^ is 

Also £^*.*i=(l+lki^»t'3-^««). 

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In the series €e, b, a+fr, 2a+&, 3a+26, 4a+3&, etc., 

in which Un, Un+n ^«+8 ia an A-P. if n is even, and a G.A. if » is od'I, 

i/'=±(2o«-6«), and (7^-^2(7^^+17^^. 

In the series composed of two G.A. placed alternately 

a, X, 6, y, a+6, ^+y, a+26, a?+2y, etc., 

J/"a- alternately ±(ay-&a?) and ±{a+6i-6y} ; thus 2/"= ±1, in 

2, 1, 3, 2, 5, 3, 8, 6, 13, 8, etc. 

iTis, in turn, zero and ±(a term of A.)^ in the following series in which 
%> ^4) ^> e^) is ^' ; and also u^ %, u^ etc.; and ^3,1^%, etc. ; viz. : 

1, 2, 3, 2, 3, 6, 3, 6, 8, 6, 8, 13, eta 
It is seen from 

1, r, r2, r'{-r^, (1 +r)«, (l+3r+2r«), etc. 

that it is possible to have a series of integral functions in which Un, tc^^i, f^t-t 
is a G.P. if n is odd, and a G.A. if n is even. W. BL Lavbrtt. 

125. [K $0. d.] Approximation to tan A, 

Up to 10** the ordinary formula, tan -4° = "0175 J, gives close enough results 
for many purposes ; but from 10'' to 25** or so it is batter to use 

Three examples are given. 
















tan J « -1899 



From tables, -1908 



are seen to be the more accurate values. 

The error is usually less than that in the last example, and as far as I have 
tried, the calculation gives the true tangent of some angles within a very few 
minutes of the given one. 

An approximate reverse formula is 

which may be applied to any angle up to 45"* with fair exactness, the 
maximum error in the value of ul so found being about a quarter decree. 

I have been told that the latter has already appeared in some book on 
Yachting. C. E. M'Vics:kr. 

126. [V. a; K aa •.] Note on the Teaching of ''Solution of TManglet" in 

The methods commonly described in text-books for the logarithmic solution 
of oblique-angled triansles do not permit of the subject being adequately 
studied until a knowledge has been acquired of the properties of multiple 
and submultiple angles, and the so-called semi-sum and semi-differenoe 
formulae of Trigonometry. The object of the present note is to show how a 
beginner mav proceed directly to the logarithmic solution of oblique-angled 
triangles with no knowledge beyond what is involved in the dennitions of 
the trigonometric functions, the use of logarithmic tables, together with a 
preliminary drilling in solution of right-angled triangles. 

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The cases where a side and two angles or two sides and an angle opposite 
one are given present no difSoulty, as they are solved by the sine rule which 
can be easily proved. The remaining cases are those in which two sides and 
the included angle or three sides are given. 

For the first of these cases let CA, CB be the two 
given sides, BCA being the included angle, and 
suppose CB is the greater of the two sides (so that 
we do not have to consider the possibility of B being 

Drop AM perpendicular on BC. 

Then we have 

if (7 be acute if C be obtuse 

MA=h sin C, MA^h sin (180* - O, 

CM^bcosCy Ci/'=6cos(180''-C), 

BM^a^CM. BM=^a+CM. 


■% Am BM 

and c^— — g, or c=s s» 

sin ff co^D 

Finally, J = 180^-5- C. 

For the second case let a be the greatest of the three sides (so that we do 
not have to consider the possibility of either B or C being obtuse^ and 
suppose 6 > c. 

Drop ili^ perpendicular on BC as before. 

Then, by L 47, 

and CJi+BM=a. 

Hence log((7i/-5JO=log(6+c)+log(6-c)-loga. 

This finds CM and BM, and then the angles are given by the formulae 
„ BM ^ CM 

CObB^ , C0SC/SS-7-. 

c ' b 

The following examples will show how simply and easily triangles can be 
solved by these methods with a book of four-figure tables. 

Ex. 1. a=e84, 6 = 604, C=94' 16'. 
Here C is obtuse, and CM=*b cos 86° 44'. 












From (6X («X 



5=34' 62' 

From (6), (8), 





ii = 180°-W 

I' 16' 


=60'' 62*. 

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^«32-9, c=15-4. 





























CM 31-95 





CA{^h) 32-9 









/. (7=13" 47' 

5=30* 38' 


^ = 180'-13'*4r- 


'=135' 35'. 

The solations of these two examples by conventional methods would be i 
follows : 

Ex. 1. 

Ex. 2. 














cot 47' 8' 



ia;l! : 


42' 52' 




34' 52' 



















8— a 

















tan 15** 30' 



tan 6° 58' 



31* 0' 



Finally, ^ = 180* -31*0' -13* 56' =135^ 4'. 

A comparison of the alternative methods shows that there is no appreciable 
saving of labour in the use of the elaborate formulae commonly taught, and 
that by the use of the simpler methods here suggested the subject may be 
taught to beginners at an earlier stage than has been hitherto customary. 

G. fl. Bryan. 

A Course of Modem Analysis. By E. T. WHrrrAKSK, M.A« Pp. xvi. 

378. (Cambridge University Press. 1902.) 

This work is sure of a favourable reception because it gives in a moderate 
compass an attractive account of some of the most valivable and interesting resnlta 
of recent analysis. The first part deals mainly with infinite series, especially 

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power-series and Foarier expansions : it also includes the elements of complex 
integration and of the theory of residues. The second part comprises chapters on 
the ^mma-fnnction, Leeendre functions, the hypergeometric series, Bessel 
functions, the equations of mathematical physics, and elliptic functions. 

The author has secured brevity by adopting, on the whole, a deductive method 
of exposition. The advantages of this are shown very cleariy in the chapter on 
the gamma-function. By taking Weierstrass's definition of T{z) as an infinite 
product, the properties of the function are deduced with extreme simplicity, and 
although the historical order of development is almost reversed, we feel that the 
new treatment is really the true aud natural one. The gamma-function is, in 
fact, the simplest case of a transcendent function with an infinite number of 
simple poles, and this property is made obvious by the new definition. (It is 
eunous, by the bye, to see how very nearly Weierstrass was anticipated in this 
matter b^ Oauss. ) Again, the new method has suggested interesting extensions 
to Alexeiewsky, Barnes, and others, so that the change of view has amply 
justified itself. 

On the other hand, Mr. Whittaker's chapter on the hypergeometric series 
seems to me to illustrate the risk of becoming artificial, which is incurred by an 
author who sacrifices Induction overmuch. Here, for instance, we have 
Papperitz's form of the differential equation satisfied by the most general form of 
Riemann's P-function set down without any explanation of the method by which 
it is obtained. For all the reader can tell, it might have dropped from the skies, 
or have been written on a wall by some spirit from another world.. It has not 
entered into the plan of the treatise to give any general account of linear differen- 
tial equations : but in this context it would have been possible to bring out the 
essential fact that the equation defines a function with three critical points, each 
associated with two indices. The suppression of this fundamental property 
obscures the real meaning of much that follows, and gives an air of hocus-pocus 
to the demonstrations. The principal vice of Cambridge methods and Cambridge 
text-books has always been the encourc^ement of students to take their mathe- 
matics ready-made, to assimilate facts without inquiring into their sources. By 
some of us, at least, it was hoped that the institution of Part II. of the 
Mathematical Tripos would help to counteract this tendency. Alas ! the con- 
scientious ingenuity of tutors and lecturers, aiming at immediate results, is likely 
to defeat the main purpose of the innovation, and produce a state of things worse 
than that under the old regime. 

But to return to Mr. Whittaker*s book. One very good feature is that the 
relations of the functions of Legendre, Bessel, etc. , to the general hypergeometric 
function have been brouffht out. If Chaps, x., xi. had been transposed this 
might perhaps have been done even more effectively. Such generalisations as this 
are the direct result of recent function-theory, and help to lighten the burden 
with which the proffress of mathematics appears to threaten us. Apart from 
special subtleties, which appeal to the adept, the general tendency of function- 
theory Is towards simplicity and clearness. There is no reason, for instance, why 
a school-boy should not learn the proper expression for sin a; as an infinite product^ 
or the elementary theory of power-series for a complex variable. New ideas are 
not difficult simply because they are new : if there is something which I never 
heard of until I was fifty, it does not follow that no one else is to hear of it before 
reaching the same age. And why persist in putting before boys and girls ideas 
which are positively erroneous, and methods entirely out of date ? 

This same gain of simplicity is illustrated by Mr. Whittaker*s chapters on 
elliptic functions. It is not sufficiently shown why the ratio of the periods should 
be non-real; and, personally, I should prefer the omission of proofs of the 
addition-theorem which are not straightforward applications of Abel's method. 
But with these exceptions the discussion, as far as it goes, is very clear ; and 
apart from the theories of transformation and complex multiplication (the 
omission of which is natural enough), the reader will find all the facts he is likelv 
to require. One reflection suggested by reading this and other parts of the book 
is that the reputation of Cauchy and Liouville are likely to be enhanced as time 
goes on. It seems to me that even yet their contributions to science are 
insufficiently recosnised. In this connection it may be remarked that Mr.- 
Whittaker gives, besides Dirichlet's proof of the Fourier expansions, Cauchy'a 
second demonstration (published in 1827) with some necessary amendmentf. 

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In some respecU, I think, this treatise improves as it goes on. The first two or 
three chapters are neither so agreeably nor so accurately written as those which 
follow, and there is an occssional want of proportion* For instance (p. 12) 
" Series whose convergence is due to the convergence of the series formed by the 
moduli of their terms ... are called absolutely convergent series" (the itslics 
are mine) : again, it is assumed (p. 13) that w"+* tends to zero for »=oo when 
|tt| < 1, although facts quite as obvious, or more so, are proved in detail ; on p> W 
the statement 

" As n increases, v^^Jv^ will therefore tend to the limit 

l-(l + ic)/n" 

is not satisfactory ; while the second part of Art. 6 seems to me to obscure a very 

simple matter. Finally, I confess that I cannot follow all the argument of 

Arte. 84, 85 : this is probably my own fault. 

Of casual slips and misprints there are apparently few. It is, of course, wrong 
to say that (z- 1) ! is a polynomial (p. 209) ; on p. 24 (ti+p) should be (n+p) : 
p. 46 for "excluded" read "included"; p. 201 for "Alexerewsky" read 
"Alexeiewsky." G. B. Mathkws. 

Practical ExerciBes in Cbometry. By W. D. Eggab, M.B. 

Macmillan & Co. 

A New Ctoometry for Beginners. By R. Bobkbts, B.Sc Blackie & Son. 

Gtoometry, By S. O. Andrew, M.A. John Murray. 

Elements of Cbometry. By R. Lachlan, Sc.D. and W. C. Plbtchkr, 
M.A. Edward Arnold. 

^ Elementary Geometry. By W. M. Bakkb, M. A and A. A. Boobne, M.A, 
G. Bell & Sons. 

Plane (Geometry. By T. Pbtch, B. a. Edward Arnold. 
Theoretical Qeometry for Beginners. By C. H. Aixoogk. Macmillan ft Co, 
Works on Geometry, whose appearance is due to alterations in the regnlations 
of various examining bodies, continue to issue from the press. They may be 
divided roughly into two classes— (1) those which devote themselves to a coarse 
of Experimental Geometry, intended to precede and prepare for the future course 
of Deductive Geometry; (2) those intended to supply that future course, and 
replace the editions of Euclid's Elements, modernised or otherwise, now current 
in the schools. 

There seems more immediate need of the former, the experimental courses 
throwing a great strain on teachers who have to deal with many other subjects 
besides Geometry, and have neither the time nor the inclination to develop a 
systematic course of experimental work. Excellent as are the little works by 
Mauh, Bert, and Spencer, something more is wanted, and we welcome heartily 
Mr. Eggar's book as one that should supply a widely-felt want. It can be used 
both by those who are preparing their pupils for, and by those who are taking 
their pupils through, a deductive course. We hope it will be used largely by 
teachers of both categories, for we hold that experimental methods should 
accompany f as well as precede^ deduction. How much vividness a theorem in 
loci gains, for instance, by such experimental treatment as that given on 
pp. 170, 186 I The book is well got up ; the figures are eflFectively drewn on 
an ample scale. We see everywhere signs of a teacher whose heart is in his work, 
and whose efforts, we feel assured, will help to kindle enthusiasm, not only 
among those who are under his direct personal influence, but among those also 
who are trained after the model he has set. 

Mr. Roberts' work is of an intermediate character. Though without special 
exjperienoe of their needs, we imagine it excellently suited for technical schools. 
It IS a rapid course through the essentials of Geometry. Theorems and problems 
seem judiciously chosen, and calculated to interest the student and lead to 
further studies and applications. We can best explain how condensed the scheme 
of treatment islby the statement that out of the 87 pages of which it consisU 6 are 
devoted to graphs and curve tracing, and that in the other 82 the author treats 
the subject matter of the ordinary school Euclid both theoretically and practicallv 
The diagrams are numerous and well drawn ; the five pages on curve tracing are 

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illastrated by 8 full-page dlagramp, whoee black lines staod oat effectively on the 
tawny yellow of the millimetre ruled paper. We fancy it will be found useful by 
many teachers, besides those who use it as a class book. We could find fault 
with some of the definitions, but we could find the same, or greater, with those 
of a preceding writer, whose merits have been held to cover them. Mr. Andrew's 
work is of a similar character, his course being more extensive. In 178 pages he 
not only gets through a course of Plane and Solid Geometry, but also treats of 
Graphs, Mensuration, Trigonometry, and Descriptive Geometry. It seems likely 
to be very useful to teachers. The course is well chosen, the diagrams and type 
excellent. The remaining four books belong to the second class, and differ from each 
other chiefly in the extent of the course given, and in fulness of treatment. All 
are good examples of typographical excellence, which is more common now than 
in the days of Potts and Todhunter. Any one of them in the hands of a good 
teacher would be found an excellent basis for a course of lessons. Messrs. 
Laohlan A Fletcher in 204 pages give a course of the Elements of Plane Geometry, 
with two useful sections dealing with Geometrical Analysis and Maxima and 
Minima. They evade the difficulties of parallels by use of the "direction." 
Ratio and Pro^rtion, and the Circle precede Areas. There is a numerous set of 
exercises, and illustrations from Mensuration and Trigonometry are appropriately 
given. Messrs. Baker and Bourne in 272 pages get through the essentials of 
Euclid's four books. The treatment on the whole is conservative. " Playfair's 
Axioin " replaces Euclid's celebrated postulate on parallels. Algebraical proofs 
are eiven of the principal relations between the segments of a line, and 
Arithmetical examples given throughout. Nine pa^^es are devoted to Graphs. 

Mr. Petch in 112 pages gets through a serviceable course, extending to 
Similarity. Mr. AUcock devotes 135 pages chiefly to the subject matter of 
Euclid's First Book. There are sections on the numerical treatment of Area, 
Analyses and Loci Parallel are treated by Playfair's Axiom. A convenient list 
of Definitions, Axioms, and Postulates is given at the end. 

The Essentials of Plane and Solid Ctoometry, by Webstjcr Wklls, S.B. 
(D. C. Heath & Co., Boston.) 

Mr. Wells has arranged his Essentials on .much the same plan as the shorter 
English treatises noticed above, but extends to spherical Geometry. It seems an 
excellent treatise. Its scope is much the same as that of the revised edition of 
Beman and Smith's Plane and Solid Oeometry, We do not know if there is any 
Enslish work {published in England of the same range. Donbtltes such will not 
be long in making their appearance. English authors may well take the designs 
and English firms the execution of diagrams in these books for models. There is 
a dainty grace about them which ours seem to lack. 

Higli School and Academic Algebra, by Louis Pabkxb Joobltn. (Butler, 
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This seems a clearly written and carefully arranged treatise. It extends to 
Permutations and Combinations and devotes sections to Logarithms (Practical), 
Undetermined Coefficients, Partial Fractions, and Determinants. There are 
numerous model solutions and large collections of exercises. The author lays 
great stress on ' checking ' of solutions. 

Advanced Algebra and Ctoometry, by William Bbigos, LL.D., M.A. 
(W. B. CUve.) 

This is best characterised by its sub-title, as the Algebra and Geometry 
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Matriculation Examination. It can be heartily recommended for its purpose. 

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states, ** il est claire qu'on ne saurait aller plus loin." Accordingly a re-arrange- 
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They require but an elementary knowledge of the rules of arithmetic The first 
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In this pamphlet Prof. Carrara takes as the first of the three great problems of 
Antiquity that of the squaring of the circle, and gives the reader a full historical 
and critical analysis of the attempts that have been made to solve it. To those 
who can read Italian, this will be found a most convenient summary. The style 
is easy, and references are copious. The various stages in the attempt to 
determine the ratio of the diameter to the circumference are clearly sketched, 
And the influence of the growth of modern analysis is skilfully and lucidly traced. 
To many the most iuteresting portion of Prof. Carrara*8 labours will be the pages 
in which he sets forth the progress of investigation from the advent of Hermite's 
JSur la Fonction expojierUielle, 1873, and the gradual and successive simplification 
of the roHearches of that writer and Lindemann by Weierstrass, Hilbert, Hurwitz, 
and Gordan. (Jordan's treatment is, in fact, quite elementary. It may be found 
in an English dress in chaps, iii. and iv. of Part II. of Klein's Famous Problems, 
<(Ginn and Co., 1897.) We look forward with interest to the appearance of the 
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to know that it had been translated into both German and Italian. Students may 
be interested to know that Dr. Maser's translation, published at Brunswick in 
1889, contains 256 pages of solutions to the questions. To be up to date. Dr. 
Maser will have to furnish solutions to between two to three nundred more 
questions, which are appended to the new edition. More than eiffhty pages of 
additional matter are included in the volume before us. A sketch is given of 
Runge's method for the numerical solution of ordinary differentials, limited to 
insoluble equations of the first order {Math. Ann, xlvi., 1895, pp. 168-178). We 
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which is connected with the name of Frobenius (Crelle, Ixxvi., 1873, pp. 214-224, 
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Jacobi's Theory qf Multipliers, pp. 319-328. 


■ • • 

481. |1(^. 10. d.] PQ is a chord of a parabola meeting the axis in a fixed 
point H 80 that Aff—SAS, and P'Q' its projection on the tangent at the 
Tertex : shew that the locus of the intersection of PQ^ . P'Q is a circle. 

E. N. Barisien. 

482. [J. 1. d.] Each sheet of a book is folded n times so as to make 2""^^ 
pages. Investigate the way in which the different pages must be arranged 
in the forms when the type is put into pages. G. H. Bryan. 

483. [L^ 4. c] The tangents to an ellipse at Q and R intersect at a point 
P on a coaxial ellipse whose axes are respectively n times those of the former 
curve. Find the locus of the centroid of the triangle PQR. 

A. F. Van der Hktden. 

484. [K. 22. d.] The pole of a small circle on the earth is in latitude I and 
longitude X and the angular radius of the circle is cu Find the equation of 
its stereographic projection (the eye being in the equator in longitude 180^). 

C. S. Jackson. 

485. [V- 8. L p.] P is the centre of curvature at P, a point on 

Find the locus of the intersection of OP with the tangent at P, being 
the origin. V. Retali. 

486. [L 8.] Are there any values of p for which 2*^^ - 1 is divisible by pl^ ? 

D. O. S. 

487. [& 7. t] A particle is tied to a fixed point by a string whose natural 
length is a, and whose extension is proportional to the tension ; when the 
particle is in equilibrium with the string vertical the extensiou is c : prove 

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that when the string revolves as a conical pendulum about the vertical, 
making n revolutions per second, the extension is 

(flr-47r«n»cy ^ '^ 

488. [R. 4. a. p.] A rough uniform rod (coefficient of friction ^) rests over 
the edge of a cylindrical oucket of diameter 9 inches, with its lower end 
against the vertical side of the bucket, and when it is on the point of sliding 
down it makes with the vertical an angle tan^^f: shew that its length is 
40 inches. (C.) 

489. [R. h. y.] Particles are projected with given velocity from a point at 
a distance a from a vertical wall so as just to clear the horizontal top of the 
wall : prove that their points of impact on a vertical plane parallel to the 
wall and at a distance 2a from the point of projection lie on a circle. (C.) 

490. [B. 4. 0.] A framework formed of five light bars AB, BC, CD, DA, 
ACj A BCD benig a rectangle, is in equilibrium under the action of forces at 
the angles whose components in directions AB, BC respectively are JTi, Xf, 
Zg, X^j and J\, F,, F,, F4. Shew that the stress in the diagonal bar AC is 

(Z3+ JT^) j-|+(Fj+ Fj)^, Melbourne, 1901. 

388. [D. a. i>. p.] If ^+<^+V^=4x, 

"^ L^ 7r« (2r+l)«"*" TT* •(2r+l)* J^^ (2r+l)«J 

L. Walli& 
Solution by Anon. 

11 li II 

= 2 coe — P" cos ~-*^ + 2 cos* 1^ 
=411 cos^ 

,1^ (2r+l)*iJ+(2r+l)«fl^ (2r+l)«W" 

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S0LUT10N& 297 

382. [D. S. d.] Praoe tkat (2p„)''+(2;p.+ l)«=(p9«+y2«)»-y»».+i, where Sp^ 
ngmfieg the eum of the even convergents ofp*-2q*=± 1. 

[Ex. n=3. 119«+120»=(99 + 70)«=169*.] 

R. W. D. Christie. 

= 2+-!-^ 

Pn + gn 

Hence y«+i=/>«+5'«- 

ARain, i?aK+i=2p>n+pa„-i 

= 2pin + 2p9^i+P9n-l 

=22p,+pi ; 
••• 2;>«=i(/'*.+i-l), 

and {^Pny + (2pn + iy^i(P^fn^l+^) 

410. [L^ 4. ; M^ S. h.'] On the tangent cU If to an eUipte is meaeured of a 
length mN equal to the aistance of tM tangent from the centre of the eUipee : 

prove that the locus of N is a unicureal whose area is ^(a+by. 

2 E. N. Barisibn. 

Solution by Proposer and H. G. Bell. 

If <^ be eccentric angle of Af, 

V 6* co8^<^ + a* 8in*</> 
and makes with transverse axis an angle (i)=tan~^ ( - cot <^ j. 
Hence the coordinates of N are 

, . a^siuih , . , a6'cos<^ 

««^*+a»sin«<^+6«cosV *"^*"a*sinV+6*coflV 
and the locus of N is unicur^al. 
The area outside ellipse 

« / i3Mo=i /(«' coB^fo + 6' sin*a)) dia 


and the whole area is ^ (a* + 6") + 7ra6 «= 5 (a + 6)*. 


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412. [L*. a ; 14. a.] £ is a conic circumscribina the triangle ABC, and its 

centre lies in a fixed straight line: shew that the poles of the sides of ABC 

with respect to E lie on three conies which cvU the corresponding sides in points 

on a fourth conic. E. P. Evans. 

Solution by W. F. Beard. 

Let the centre locus meet the sides of A BC in Z, M, N, and take on theee 
sides Aj, My, ^„ harmonic conjugates of Z, M, N. 

Then LM^N^^ L^MN^^ L^M^ are straight lines, and the polars of L^ M^ N 
with respect to E are parallel lines through L^y i^„ iV^j : let them meet LMN 
in ^2t ^ ^%y ^^^ let ^' be the mid-point, and P the pole of BCy so that P 
is the intersection of OA' and L^L^ Then 

P{NA'MLi)^{NOML^) = \N^a:^M^L) 

(since LL^^ MM^ NN^ form involution, centre 0) 

which is constant. Therefore the locus of P is a conic through A\ Z„ M, X^ 
and since AA\ BE, CC\ and AL^, BM^, CN^ are concurrent triads, A\ B^ C\ 
Liy Miy Ni all lie on one conic 

Solution 6y R F. Davis and C. V. Durell. 

Let '2ll3y=0 be the trilinear equation of the conic circumscribing ABC. 
The coordinates of the centre are proportional to l(-al+bm-\-cn% ..., and 
the centre always lying on a fixed straight line SPiP-2^P'mn=0. The 
coordinates of the pole of BC are (-1, m, n), and it therefore lies on the 
conic ^Pa^-2Fpy + 2Q'ya+2R'a^=0y which conic intersects BC in the 
same points as the conic ^/'a*-2LPj8y=0. 

Mr. Davis solves also by projecting J?, C into the focoids. 

417. [L*. 5; 17. 6.] Eight normals to an ellipse -j + fa = l touch any con- 

centric co-axial ellipse -Tj + f^i"^' Prove this^ and fmd the conditions for 
reality, ^ ^ Trip., 1895. 

Solution by W. F. Beard, R F. Davis and C. V. Dcjrell. 

A^p+fiy = 1 is a normal to first ellipse if 

and a tangent to the second if 

a'2X2+6V = L 
Hence, eliminating A, we have 

6'«(a«-6«)2/x*+/xa{a%'*-626'2-(a«-6«)2}+6«=0, A 

giving four values of /x, for each of which there are two values of X, giving 
in all eight solutions. 

If all the solutions are real, both values of /t' given by A must be real and 
positive. Hence 

{a^a'^ - my - 2(a« - }^)\a^a'^ + W«) + (a« - 6«)* > 0, 

t.e. {(a^ - l^f - {ad + bb'f){{a^ - b^f - {aa' - bbj\ > ; 

and also (a« - b^f > {a^'^ - h^b'^) ; 

and both these conditions are satisfied if 

and this ensures also that the values of A.' are real and positive. 

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424. [& 1. a.] Two points moving at equal speeds, one on a circle, the other 
on a tangent, arrive at the point of contact simultaneously. Where does the liiie 
joining them meet the diameter through the point of contact just before they 
coincide? C. E. M*Vicker. 

Solution by J, Blaikie, J. F. Hudson, A. W. Poolk, and Proposer. 

Let be the centre of the 0, P, T two positious of the moving points 
and let TP meet the diameter through A, the point of contact in A, ami 
letPO^ = ^. Then 

AX AX- NX OA- ON \ -cos \^ Ij : 
AT~ AT - PN~ AP- PN~ e-»\ne~ i^ff^ 

|3 |^ + - 

/. AX=AO ^ =3J0, when 6^=0. 

The result may be deduced from Snell's approximation, ^=;T^ -pf 



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VII. The Exponential Expansion for Commensurable Indices. 

VIII. General Binomial Expansion. 

IX. On Incommensurable Indices. 

X. On the same Theorems for a Vector Variable. 


The Expwiential Expansion for CommeTisurahU Indices, 

1 X 

If n.is positive and commensurable, and a/=l+j-» 

Consider the coefficient of '^, / . 

(1) It is less than unity. 

(2) It can be written 1 (l - ^) . (l -7)(l -^) - • 

The sum of each pair of factors is the same, viz. f 2 — ^) ; 

/. by § I., the product of the outermost pair 1 ( 1 j- j is least ; 

.*. the coefficient is greater than ( 1 j- j^, 

which, by § III., is greater than 1 -- It - 

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Therefore, if X is paitive, 

^ lies between f "^ and f {l -^H ^A^ 

This lower limit ^ y !^ _ ^^ vf !i!^, 

[i_ 2/ r Li 

which >(^i._j2-^. 

/. ^ differs from f ^i^ bj less than ^^ f *» 

I 2/ 

bat.«nce .^>(i-!^')i, ... i<-^; 


^ 2/ 

^n'^*^.„,_.^_ 2/ 

/. «* differs from 2 ,^ by less than — =4N«y ^• 

LL 1 - 5!i. 

^ 2/ 

Now let /and /increase indefinitely, their ratio remaining n. 
Then X takes the finite value lo^^ and the above error becomes con- 
tinuouslv smaller and ultimately vanishes. 
Therefore, when X i$ pontive^ i,e. when j(r>l, 

IfXti negative, i.e, if x < 1, the terms of 

^'f ■(■4)-(-¥) 

are alternately + and ~ ; but it is still true that the series differs from 

where all the terms are positive ; 

.-. or differs from f - *^* by less than ^ 2 ^'^7.^* 
II 2/ t ll 

Now let 

1 — X 

then by the former work, 

^n'{-X)'_^ y 

? Li "i"^^ 

* 2/ 

1 1 

--JJ which <1 ; 

••• ^<h 


^ 2/ 

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Hence, for all positive commensurable valaes of n, whether /, J are 
finite or not, 

4?" differs from 2 , • > where ar^ = 1 + -y» 

U_ •' 

by a quantity less than ^ w^ :p±»», 


the upper sign being used if :f > 1 and the lower if a* < 1 . 
If J w increased indefinitely, this error vanishes, and, for all positive values 

of ^, * ;r" = 2 ?^ when n is positive. 

The case of a negative index presents no diflSculty ; 

The Binomial Expansion. 


Let Bn stand for or" - ^(n)i{a: - 1)*, where n has any value, and (»)< represents 

The terms (jf- 1)* can be expanded in powers of x : 
Assume that we so get 


where ^q, N^.., are algebraic functions of n of dimensions not greater than k. 

(1) If n is a positive integer less than k {v say), 5„=0 ; 

.*. ^0, xVj... all vanish when n = Vy except Nv which = 1. 

XT \T w(n-l)...(»-K) 

Hence Nv = — ^ ■- — ^ • c y, 

n— V 

where Cu contains no n because the dimensions of the other fnctor are k ; 
To find Cy we have -^,.=1 when n^v; 

•*• ^"^.v-l...!}. {(-)«-. 1.2...K-K} ^^ "T^^'"^"- 

(2) Again, Bn vanishes for all values of n if or = 1 ; 

.-. 0=l-[i^o+^Vi+... + iV^4 
Hence 5„ = iVo(-«^-l) + ^i(^-^)... + iV^ic(x"-^), 

which by the above may be written »(7i — l)...(w-K)2ci r- 

»=o n — % 

* This expansion might have been more simply established by first confining ourselves 
to the case n=l {i.e. I=J in the above work), and afterwards using the relation 
log x"=n logic. The less simple proof has been given for the sake of the result when 
/ and J are not indefinitely inoreas^d. 

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•='. ^-.r* 

(3) To obtain limits for the value of ^d -T, we use the Exponential 
^ ' i=o n-i 

Expansion established in § VII. 

We have x"=l+j^4—r2- + ... 



Now by § v., l = Av.|^-M; 

*<»» _ r^ «I-M _ I 1 I j 

•^ ^ jf = ^.i:, i = a:".X.Av.U<*-)« ; 

n-t t—n I 1 

.-. ^«=5::^4^i:i!^\x"XAv.|x-*^i(-)«-'^^^^ 

|_^ I 

= n.(n-lXXAV.|:F^(^-l)«|, where ^=1-^. 
Now (^-1)«<(^~^)"; 

.-. 5.<i.(»-l).|^*Q*)"|.ArAv.x-', 

1 X"— 1 

and X Av. x^ = — , as before. 


Hence j- = 2 (n)* (^ - ly+an error (w - l),(a: - 1)* 


This error vanishes as k increases if (^— 1)< 1 numerically. 
In the special case of x-l = l or x—2f the error vanishes ultimately if 
(n-1), vanishes. 

Now the part of (n~lL after the signs of the factors have all become 

negative varies as M _ - j M ^ j .., ( 1 -- ), which, by § III., if « > 


and if n= -/, where f< 1, 


.'. when n>0 the error vanishes ultimately, but when n<0 it increases 

For the special case ofa:-l=-l or;p=Owe must return to the beginning 
of the article. 

We need only consider the case of w > 0, for otherwise a*" is not a finite 
quantity. fn^U (^-ic\ 

Thus, in this case, ^^ = -xVo= ^ ,"^ H -)"-^', since ('c)a=l. 

This vanishes ultimately, as before, if n>(X 

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Ofi Incommensurable Indices. 

The condition of obedience to the law a**xa"=a'*"'"* establishes the mean- 
ing of a** when n is any commensurable, but leaves it undefined when n is 
incommensurable. Indicating the incommensurable by a Greek letter, we 
now seek to give a meaning to x^. Our freedom in giving such a meaning is 
limited only by the condition of continuity, viz. that if v lies between two 
commensurables n and n', ay must be so defined that it lies between a" and a**', 
whose meaning is already fixed. 

Now we may suppose w to be - and n' to be — i_. 

Then as in § IV., af* = (^i+!t^y and ^= ^i+^y*\ 

1 X 

where X is given by ;r^ = 1 + -v« 

Now consider the expression ( H — ^ j . 
(1) If X is positive, 

since v>w, this >(l+!^' and >(i+^^y^' 

according as m +?!= V+i ^ 1 + 


But by § III., 


1 + -r )^^^ < 1 '^TT\ *"^^ therefore < 1 +7TT ^^^<^ ^ < **'• 

Therefore when ar>l,(l + %-) is a sound definition of x^y provided / and 
J are considered indefinitely great, and therefore X is log x, 
(2) If iT is negative, 

^ (..^)'>(..^y",«..^>(..^)(.v^)5' 


, . «'ZU^, , n'X . 


/. the last condition is satisfied if 1 H — j- > ( 1 +7TT/ v ^ + // / , i \ )• 

Remembering that JT is negative, 

n!^X X 

this becomes v < n' + ., ^.g , *.e. < n' + jj, 

which is true if / is large enough. 
Hence in this case also, the definition x^^{\ +-^ j , where / and J a 

taken indefinitely great, is valid. 
Hence, reasoning as in § VII., we may say that 

^=l+nloga7+-^ — rf-^ + .... 

for all values of n, commensurable or not 


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It 18 easy to show that x*" as so defined, satisfies the laws of indices. 

and,by§III.. (,+^)'>i+^^ and< -L- ; 

^ 7+6 
and .'. (/being indefimtely great) =1. 

Again, loga* = Lt /["(itfp - 1~| = Lt /["( 1 +^^ - 1"! = Lt ;tX= /1 1<«* ; 

,. (^),s(i + d^y^(i+tf!ljpy^^ by definition. 

Thus in the Exponential Expansion the number e can now be introdnced : 
and we can prove x=e****. 

On the Same Theorems for a Vector V/iriable, 

The work in § VII. is applicable to vector values of a . The logarithm being 
defined exactly as before, takes the form (loga+V-l.a), where a, a are the 
length and inclination of x. In the expression for the error, X and x are 
replaced by their moduli, and the error vanishes ultimately. The Binomial 
Theorem follows by § VIII. (provided that x is within two right angles of the 
line denoted by 1^ the words 'lies between' at the end assuming a suitable 
meaning for vectors. The logarithmic expansion can be deduct from the 

exponential by expanding n* in the finite algebraic form 2 | {n)j . t/ , whence 

^j -'=^' ' 

(x-iy =2 rp- 'h\ ^ith an error vanishing ultimately as ic is increased. 

Certain simple properties of the coefficient ij establish the logarithmic 
expansion and other less simple expansions for higher powers of log x. 

Hareow, July, 1903. W. N. Roskvkark. 


1. I should like at the outset to disclaim any intention of laying down the 
law dogmatically. The opinions expressed are stated definitely, but they 
are submitted with deference for your consideration. 

My object is to argue two points : 

(1) That the construction of a simple form of slide rule furnishes 

beginners with a good mode of approaching the subject of 

(2) That the use of the slide rule at any earlier stage than has been 

customary deserves every encouragement. 

2. It is a commonplace remark that a principle may be presented to a 
pupil in such an abstract form that his mmd fails to assimilate it. This 

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maxim is, however, not always respected. Galileo, after years of experi- 
menting, reached clear notions about acceleration. There were great men 
before Galileo who never attained clearness on this point. Yet oar text- 
books polish off acceleration in a few paragraphs. 

Even the Heuristic method, though it is in substance a protest against 
this form of error, is not, at any rate as presented by some oi its advocates, 
entirely free from it. For example, a boy is invited, after contemplating a 
lump of coal for five minutes, to formulate a statement. The suggestion is 
that he will be moved to declare that " matter cannot set itself in motion." 
That is, the ordinary boy is to arrive in five minutes at a statement, the 
precise formulation of which is an item in the list of Newton's titles to 

These authorities — with sanguine ideas as to the ability of the average 
pupil — not unnaturally adopt as their cardinal rule "never teach anyone any- 
thing," an odd principle for a teacher. The better maxim is never teach a 
pupil that which he can find out for himself with a reasonable expenditure 
of time, patience and pains. 

This is the true rule, because the object of education is to enable people to 
find out things for themselves. The application of this guiding rule is not 
easy ; it is apt to be misunderstood and resented by pupils who have been 
brought up on the plan of being shewn everything; it does not pay in 
examinations, it results in less ground being covered ; and it requires an 
amount of time, effort, and individual attention from the teacher which it is 
often, under existing conditions, simply impossible for him to give, but we 
all now see that it should be our ideal 

But if the plan of making the pupil cut some of the steps for himself is to 
be followed, the ascent, for the great majority of pupils, must be a very easy 
one and must consequently appear somewhat long. In the end, however, 
these slow experimental methods will prove to surpass purely didactic 
teaching in educating as distinguished from information-inserting. 

3. I suggest that it is possible to approach the thorny subject of 
logarithms m an experimental fashion with advantage. I call the subject 
of logarithms a thorny one because it is within my personal knowledge that 
to many successful Woolwich candidates calculation by logarithms is an 
occult process, savouring of the black art. 

How many times I have been asked how it is that 

log (a + b) is not equal to log a + log 6, 

and wondered whether a zealous attempt to explain has had anv effect when 
the many previous zealous and skilful explanations which candidates 
received at school have obviously had none. This fact suggests that the 
subiect might perhaps be approached with advantage in a di&rent manner. 
For instance, let us begin oy trying to construct a machine to do addition 
and subtraction. After a discussion, in which the teacher will have to be 
the predominant partner, we arrive at something like this : each boy using 
a pair of paper slips made by himself, in which a step of, say, an inch along 
the uniformly divided scale brings us to a number which is 2 more than the 
one we started with. 

0123456789 10 

0123456789 10 
A P B 

If the strips ♦ are shown overlapping as above we see that they mechanically 

*A conple of wooden slips with figures stencilled on them were used for this and 
subsequent illustrations. Better than stencils are the indiarubber figures and letters 
sold for printing shop window tickets. I am indebted to Mr. J. H. Naylor, R.M. 
Academy, for this * tip/ most useful when diagrams are often wanted. 

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add 3 to 6 ; for instance, for AP+PB^AB, The same setting mechanically 
subtracts 6 from 8. 

Stated in a slightly different way. . . . For any 'setting' or relative 
position of the strips the Diffbrbncb between any corresponding pair of 
numbers on the scales is constant. 

4. We next suffgest the problem of making a machine for multiplication, 
and arrive at the idea that, as in tbe addition machine, a step of sa^r an inch 
to the right acUis 2 we will try whether we cannot make a machine in which 
a step of an inch to the right multiplies by 2. 

1 2 4 8 16 32 

\ \ ! \ ! ! 

This leads to a uniformly divided scale graduated as shewn. 

We are now able to work out, using a pair of such scales, certain arith* 
metical problems — in fact we have a rudimentary slide rule. 

Set the stripe overlapping— thus, for instance : [I need hardly say that of 
course each pupil should make his own model with two strips of paper]. 

1 2 4 8 16 32 64 128 

I I I I I I I I I I I 

1 2 4 8 16 32 64 128 

Notice that any number on the upper strip is 8 times that just below it, 

and that hence we can, from this particular * setting* or relative position of 

the strips, read off the answers to certain sums in arithmetic thus : 

8 32 
Multiplication.— The fact that 8 times 4 is 32 is shown thus : , ^ . 

Division. — The fact that 32 divided by 4 is 8 is shown in the same way. 

Proportion.— The fact that 32 is to 4 as 128 is to 16 is shown thus: 

32 128 
. ,g. The scales may, of course, be extended to the left if 


Other sums may now be tried in a similar way, but with the strips of paper 
set to a different overlap. We observe that in this case — For any 'setting' 
or relative position of the strips the Ratio of any corresponding numbers*' 
on the scales is constant. 

It is evident that in its present form the instrument is not a practical one, 
for only a few numbers can be dealt with. We could clearly construct 
another instrument to deal with the numbers 3, 9, 27, 81, etc., but this does 
not overcome the difficulty. We made our scales on the supposition that a 
step of an inch to the right effected multiplication by 2. It is clear that 
a step of 2 inches to the right multiplies by 4, of 3 inches to the right 
multiplies by 8, and so on, and we infer that any step of definite amcmnt 
corresponds to multiplication by some definite number. The problem then 
is reduced to finding the proper position for any required number on the 

We have now got to the pinch of the case. A little time given to the 
class is certain to produce some good and some poor' suggestions. For 
example, you are certain to be told that 3 should come half way between 2 
and 4. The line to follow will depend on the suggestions received — so the 
following is only one of many possible modes of suivauce. Let us consider 
diagram (i) supposed, to begin with, to contain the marks for 10, 100, 1000, 
10000 and so on. These marks will, as we have seen, be all equidistant, say 
a decimetre apart. Now, looking at the diagram which is at present a 

* Note that if we invert one of the adding scales we get the Sum of oorreepondiDg 
numbers oonstant, and if we invert one of the multiplying scales we get the Pboduct of 
corresponding numbers constant. 

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81 92 

I 6384 

3 2768 

65 S3 6 

\ 3 I072 

2 62144 

52 428 8 

I 04 857 6 

2 O 9 7 1 5 2 

. 4 I 94304 

8 38K608 

167 7 72 16 

3 3554432 

6 7 I08864 

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2684354 56 

5 3 6 8 70 9 I 2 

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multiplying machine with 10, 100, and so on marked ou it, we want to know 
where to put the mark for 2. Suppose the distance from 1 to 2 ought to be 
X decimetres, we have to find x. Evidently the distances 2-4, 4-8, 8-16, . . . 
should each be equal to x. Now if we take any value for x and mark in the 
series of numbers as shewu in the diagram, it is clear that all the numbers 
shewn, both the multiples of 10 and the multiples of 2 should always come 
in order. A larger number should never be reached before a smaller one. 
Hence we must reach 1000, the mark for which is 3 decimetres from A^ 
before we reach 1024, the mark for which should be lOx decimetres from A. 

Hence ^ > r^ > -3. 

Again we must reach the point which should be 33jr decimetres from A 
before we reach the point which is 10 decimetres from A, 

Hence ^ < 55 < '303. 

Inviting attempts to find x still more closely, we soon find that 
103jf > 31, x> -30097, 

93x < 28, x< -30107 ; 

or, if it is considered worth while* to go further, 

196^ > 69, x> -3010204, 

4864? < 146, X < -3010309. 

Of course all this is nothing but 2i<»> 10*^ and so on, which, however, is in 
too abstract a form for beginners. 

< — Log. n- >' 

< -log.fxx)- i 

/m< Logn-Logm p> ^\ 
j ^<Log£{y)'Log£oo] 


We may now give x its technical name, logarithm of 2, and the calculation 
of the four figure logarithms of 3, 4, 6, 6, 7, 8, 9, might be undertaken— 
affording a lesson in the art of saving labour by thinking, for only log 3 and 
log 7 require any fresh calculations — and even these can be found from the 
dia(p:am by a little ingenuity. It is my firm conviction that a great part of 
the difiSculty which b^ys find in logarithms is due to the fact that the 
mode of calculating logarithms is to them a mystery. If they are once 
shewn how any logarithm can be calculated, they will, I think, make no 
difficulty in accepting the fact that the work has been done, once for all, by 

* Shanks's table of powen of 2 is f airlj aooeanble. 

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others. We are uow in a poeitiou to construct a primitive slide rule a nd to 
work out a number of questions on it. " itZT^ 

5. I now come to the utility of the slide rule. A distinguished French 
mathematician has spoken of *' that inexplicable prejudice against the slide 
rule, against which it is impossible to protest too strongly." This prejudice 
is dying out, but it exists. The Diagram (2) shews the mathematical 
principle of the ordinary slide rule so far as it goes beyond what we have 
already discussed. You will observe that if the scales 1 and 2 are placed in 
conjunction with their units coinciding we must have f(x)=n, so that two 
such scales furnish us with a table of * natural ' values oif(a>y The diagram 
(2) also shews that we have the means of multiplying or dividing by /(x), 
in fact of working the equation 

log7i-logw=log/(y)-log/(a?), or ^-^^ 

It is clear that with such an instrument we can work out any question 
which can be done with logarithms ; and several which can not Tlie slide 
rules in the market usually contain two scales for log n, one on the ruler and 
one on the slide and logarithmic scales for some of the following fimctions : 

/(ar)=a4?*, x~\ sin a: (which of course serves also for cosx), tan or, log^, 
and a plain scale. 

The - scale is not very much needed, for we obtain it at once by putting 

the ordinarv slide upside down. 

Now, I claim for the use of the slide rule man^ advantages. 

First. In very many cases an isolated numerical example does not bring 
out the essence of a formula. We want to observe the effect on the result 
of changes in the data. With a slide rule we can work out fifty numerical 
examples quicker than the answers can be written down- 

The K.B. of a shell weighing W lbs. moving at V f.s. is 

ft. tons = , .^^^^ ft tons. 





The diagram (3) shows how, taking an initial velocity of 2700 f.s. and a 
given weight of shell, we can read off the remaining k.e. E at any 
remaining velocity V. People who do not think say that the slide rule in 
these cases prevents a boy from thinking. We must distinguish. When I 
am trying to teach a boy about energy I don't want him to be thinking of 
multiplication and division ; I welcome any means of preventing him horn 
thinkinff about multiplication and division. I admit that the slide rule 
economises useless thought.* I consider this a merit. 

*BCaoli., Science of Metihanic%j p. 488, urges this point very forcibly. 

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6. Second, the slide rale familiarises us with the values of the trigono- 
metrical functions, and enables really accurate graphs to be plotted vei; 
quickly. For instance, diagrams of Fourier series* can be rapidly and 
accurately drawn showing each term and the result of compounding any 
number of terms. 

I have, we all have, again and a^in been told that there is no angk 
whose tangent is 3, no ansle whose sine is ^. 

Mr. Siddons spoke in January of the undue importance which has been 
attached to 18**, 30°, 45° as compared with other angles equally worthy of 
respect. But that is not the worst : a gentleman has actually printed the 
formula, for boys to learn, 

8in20j°=~- nearly. 

We have all seen a crood manv queer formulae, but I confess I have never 
seen anvthing to equal this. The use of a slide rule renders such nonaeuse 

The third advantage I claim is certainty. In real life yoa generallT 
needn't do a question by the shortest way, nor very quickly ; bat it must 
be right Witn a slide rale there is no excuse for not cneckinff ^oar work. 

Oaoe roots, plane and spherical triangles, quadratic and cuoic eq^uationa, 
can with a little management be worked out independently with a slide rule, 
but at anv rate they can be ver^ easily checked by it. 

Fourthly, how many authorities have denounced the practice of students 
who assert that the circumference of a penny bun is 

9*734933!r6274S inches, 

or that the an^le of inclination of a shakv chimney-pot ia 84* 17' 34*8'. 
Yet how invariably boys make this mistaKe,t and how difficult it is to 
persuade them that it is a mistake. They call it accuracy. 

If a class work out the value of JmTn^ 

(i) graphically on a small and large scale ; 
(ii) with a slide rule ; 
(iii) with 4 figure logarithms ; 
(iv) with 7 figure logarithms ; 
(v) by actual multiplication and extraction of the square root ; 

they cannot very well help seeing that each method has its own degree of 
accuracy, and that to give results which the method does not warrant is to 
tell an untruth. By supposing m and n onlv approximately known, we can 
see when the inevitable error m the result due to the imperfections of the 
data is appreciably added to by the approximate method of calculation 
adopted. 1 can testify that such work undertaken by a class arouses con- 
siderable interest; ana that the necessary logarithmic work is done without 
much feeling that it is against the collar. 

It is noteworthy that the exact error (due to the slide rule) committed in 
working any problem can always be found. This familiarises pupils with 
some of the leading results in the mathematical theory of errors ; for instance, 
as has been already implied — that, to do justice to data, the Prob&ble Error 
due to the use of approximate methods of calculation should not exceed 
about \ of the p.b. due to the imperfections of the data. 

*8uoh diagrams are given in Byerler, "Fourier Series.'' p. 63; or HerrimaD k Wood- 
ward, Higher MathemaUa (article by Profeisor Byerley), p. 199. 

t Of course " It's near enongh " is a oonolusion pupils need no enoooragement to adopt 
But do not let us teaoh aoouraoy by tnsoouracy. Tnere are ocoasions when 7 or eren 10 
figure logariiliBM are called for; geodeeio sanreys famish plenty of instanoes ; bot do 
not let ns ^ng in 7 fignre logarithms ' nVd dignus vindJHM nodus Utiold^ft.' 

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Again, let us find the cube roots of the numbers 2, 3, 4, 6, 6, 7, 9... with a 
slide rule. Here we have an exact graduation to set the slide to ; and we 
find, for instance, that the p.e. of the result is, say, a unit in the fourth 
significant figure. Now let us take the cube roots of 216, 3*16, 4*16. ... An 
additional source of error arises from the fact that we have to estimate, or 
interpolate, for the position of the 6. This causes the P.s. of the result to 
be perceptibly larger. Such examples, which may be multiplied almost 
indefinitely, give a real insight into the way in which a result is affected by 
several component sources of error. 

There is perhaps no paramount scientific principle so often disregarded as 
this— always have some idea of the degree ot accuracy of which your method 
is capable, and of the degree of accuracy of your own work. 

To take a single case — our whole national system of competitive examina- 
tion rests on a total disregard of this principle. This, however, is bordering 
upon topics of controversy. 

I have one thinff to say in conclusion. If anything in this paper is of 
value, the credit is largely due to Colonel H. C. Dunlop, RA., with whom I 
have constantly discussed slide rule problems for some years. 

The LogocycUc Slide Rule. — The special object of the logologarithmic slide 
is to enable the user to read off powers of numbers in the same way as the 
common slide rule enables us to read products. 

Putting f(x)=\ogx in the principal equation, we have at once from the 
diagram Jog logy - log log ^—log n- log m or y*"=:r", while, as special cases, 
if m=l, y=J7", and if a? =10, w=logioy. Thus powers and logarithms can 
be read off at a glance. 

Numerous applications at once suggest themselves. As an instance of the 
use of the slide m getting out empirical formulae, we may take Dr. Vincent's 
formula (which, perhaps, ought hardly to be termed empirical), viz. : atomic 
weight of the n^ element, when the elements are arranged in order of their 
atomic weights, is (in general) (n+zy^. 

It is a singular fact that the logolog scale has repeatedly been invented, 
forgotten, and reinvented. The first inventor was Dr. Rog^et. It was 
rediscovered and patented by Captain Thomson, RA. ; again, in Germany, 
by M. Blanc (Dyck's Catalog, p. 145), and again, almost simultaneously, 
reinvented by lirofessor Perry, and reintroduced by Colonel Dunlop and 
myself. The use of a \og(-\osx) scale for numbers less than unity was one 
fondly thought new, but in this idea, which Professor Perry also brought 
forward, we were all anticipated by M. Blanc. 

R M. AcADEMT, C. S. Jackson. 



128. [R. 6. b.] On Oaus^ Principle of Least Constraint and the Equations 
of Mechanics. 

The object of this note is to pDint out the remarkably simple principle to 
which Gauss' principle leads. The new principle is much simpler — ^not being 
an integral prmciple— than that of Hamilton, 

but, like it, is independent of coordinates, and leads at once to equations in 
generalised coordinates which have important properties. 

1. Consider any material particle of mass mr, whose coordinates are 
(xp, ypy ip) at time ^ and whicn forms part of a system. If m, were quite 

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free and (X„, F„, Zv) were thus the only forces acting on it, its coordinates 
at time t+dt would be 




Zy + iydt+i -di^, 

However, owing to the connexions, the actual coordinates at the time 
t+dt are 

Xy+iydt + i'Xyd^. (2) 

The square of the difference between the positions (1) and (2) is then 


Now, Gauss' principle* states that the sum of these squared deviations, 
each multiplied by tne proper mass, is a minimum. That is to say, the 
actual accelerations make tne sum a minimum; or, for our purpose, the 
variation, which must affect only the accelerations and not tne positions 
or velocities, must be zero. Thus, if 8 denote such a variation, Gauss' 
principle becomes 

SX{{Xy-myXyy+,.,}='E{iXy'myXy)B'Xy'\'...} = (3> 

r y 

There is an analogy with the variational form of d'Alembert's principle, 
but it must be remembered that here the S's are of different meanmg. 
Here we have 

but 8xy, ... are not zero; while, with d'Alembert's variations, Sxy^,.. are 
not zero. 

2. The equation (3) may be written 

^{XySXy-\-Yy8ljly+Zy8'Zy)='Zmy{Xy8Xy+yP^y +ZyBZy) 

I* y 

=iS'Emy{xy*+'yy+'zy), (4> 

If now we denote J 2 my(xy* + y»' * + ^y *)> 

which is independent of coordinates, bv ^, in analog with the kinetic 
energy T ; ana assume, for simplicity, a force-function uto exist, so that 

8i/='2{Xy8xy + ..,); 


the equation (4) takes a form independent of coordinates, 

S(/==m or 8(li"U)=0 (6) 

This form may now play the part of Hamilton's principle in the deduction 
of equations of motion in generaliseci coordinates, but the use of (5) is still 
simpler than the use of Hamilton's pnnciple. 

3. Let ^1, ^2, ...» ?n be the generalised coordinates of the system ; then U 
is a function of ^i, ... , qny qu •••» ^m '^'i* ...» jm and % of these and <, explicitly. 
Remembering that the 8 affects only the accelerations, (5) gives 

* Ueber ein neues allgemeines Gnmdgesetz der Meohanik'* (1829 ; Werke^ ▼., 23-28). 

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This is equivalent to the system 

We at once verify that ^^rr- =7^ — ; 

80 that the equations of motion of a system have the simple form 

Wrw c=^.^.-»-) («> 

4. Mr. Whittaker remarked to me that the equations (6) had been 
already given by Appell. In fact, in 1899 and 1900, Appell published* 
several notes drawing attention to the remarkable fact that the equations 
(6) — which he obtained in quite a different way from mine — apply to the 
cases of non-holonomous systems (i.e. in which the equations of condition 
are non-integrable differential equations ; these occur, e.a. in cases of rolling 
motion), in which Lagrange's equations fail. I shall show this in another 
manner, which appears to me not uninstructive. In fact, I shall show that 
the equations (6) are equivalent to an extended form of Lagrange's equa- 
tions t — a form which reduces to the usual form when Uie system is 

5. Suppose the equations of condition are given in the non-integrable form 

dxr-=^^Qr,vdq^ + Qdt,.,.; (7) 

so that itr-=XQr,yq^ + Q> ... ; and |£r=^ 

F=i oqy Oqy 

If the equations (7) are integrable, and we can then assert that 

we also have ^=|^. 

oqy oqv 

Then, putting Wr^^'xr^ -\-yr^ + Zr\ 

'dqv r '\^Sv dqy d'^r ^qv d'Zr 'dqyJ 


where !r=iS»»r(*r'+^r'+«r»). 


and so Lagrange's equations, generalised for uon-holonomous systems, are 

i°^(g)-?'"-(^-^--^-)- w 

* CompU$ Benduiy t. oxxix. (1899), pp. 317-320, 459-460 ; CrtUet Journal, Bd. oxxi. 
(1900), pp. 810319; Bd. cxxiL (1900), pp. 205-209. 

t Ferrers: "Extension of Lagrange's Equations," Quart, Jowm., vol. xii. (1873), 
pp. 1-6. 

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Now if, and only if, the conditions (7) are total differentials, 

n -^•^•- Of J^yr Of J^ > 

^-•'""3^' ^-'""3^' ^"""3^' 
and the last term of (8) reduces to 


and (8) takes the usual Lac^rangian form. 

The equations (6) are then equivalent to the system (8), and have the 
advantage of being expressed wholly in generalised oooidinates ; while 
Lagrange's equations, 

dfrAw^J^W^^ (v=l,2,...n) 

result from (6) or (8) for the special case of holonomous systema 

Philip E. B. Jourdain, RA., Trinity College, Cambridge. 

129. [K. 90. a.] 7\po Trigonometrical Notes, 

I. There is a large class of formulas by which one length (which may be 
supposed unknown) is expressed in terms of another length (which may be 
supposed known), and of the trigonometrical ratios of certain angles. Such 
formulas are often easily establisned by the aid of the artifice of expressing 
the ratio of the unknown to the known as a product of two or more ratios, 
each of which is either a trigonometrical ratio of a known angle or is the 
ratio between two sides of a triangle whose angles are known, and therefore 
expressible as the ratio between two known sines. 

For example, take the problem : To express the in-radius of a triangle in 
terms of one side and two angles. With the usual notation we have to express 
r in terms, say, of a, B^ C, 

From /, the in-centre, let ID be drawn perpendicular to BC, We have 

r ID _ID IC . j.^j. sin 75(7 

Tbc^Ig* BG-''^''^^^''^^^rBTc 

> B . C ' B 

SID (^180'- 2 -g) sm-g- 

Hence the well-known result, 

. B . CI A • ■ 
r=a sin -sm-/co8— . 

2 2/2 

Again take this problem : Given the distant between two points A^ Bona 
horizontal plane, and the angles of elevation cl 13 of a point C in the vertical 
plane containing AB, as seen from A and from B respectively^ to find the 
vertical heiaht of C above the level ofAB, 

Let CD be the perpendicular from C on AB produced. 

m. „ CD CD CA . ^.^ Bin CB A 


sin (180' -/3). 
.*. CD = AB sin a sin )8/sin 08 — a). 

It would be easv to multiply examples. These two form part of the 
usual bookwork of elementary trigonometry, but are often proved in the 

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text-books by longer methods, and without any clue by which the beginner 
could invent a proof for himself. 

It will be seen that we have to choose one or more lengths in the figure a& 
intermediaries between the known and the required lengths, in such a way 
that the ratio of unknown to known is expressible identically as compounded 
of kuown ratios. 

II. A large proportion of the exercises usually set on heights and distances, 
not confined to one plane, are reducible to easy plane problems by projecting 
the figure on the horizontal plane, and expressing the horizontal Imes in 
terms of some height or distance, given or required, and the trigonometrical 
ratios of given angles of elevation. An easy example will suffice to indicate 
the method. 

From a station Ay a balloon is observed at P at an elevation of ff*, its bearing 
being N, The balloon is knoum to be moving horizontally at the rate of 6 miles 
per hour. After ^Jumr it is seen from A at a point Q in direction N, W, at an 
elevation of i**. Fiiid A, the height of the balloon in miles. 

Let B ana C be the ' horizontal projections ' of P and Q. Then 

AB^hfioter, AC==hcot<l>% 5C=/'§=li miles, ^^^ BAC=4t5\ 


In the triangle BAC we have to relate the elements AB^ BC, CA^ BAG, 
which is done by the formula 


This gives f = A^ cot^ ^ + A^ cot^ <^° - h^ cot ^ cot <^* J2. 

Hence h in terms of the data. E. F. Muirhead. 

130. [A 1. b.] Note on Mr. Rosevear^s " Chapter on Algebra." 
In Section III. inequalities equivalent to those in Chrystal's Algebra^ 
Chapter XXIV., § 7, are deduced in an interesting way from the results of 
Section II. ; but perhaps the proof given in ' Chrystal,' depending on the 
inequality (p - ^){^(^- 1) - jp(^ - l)}<t;0 (.r being positive), is more natural. 
The most troublesome part of ChrystaPs procedure, namely, the proof of the 
last-mentioned equality, may be simplified by substituting the following 
proof, the idea of which was suggested to me some time ago by a friend. 
If X is positive, and i any positive integer, 

t(^+i-l)-(i + l)(ar'-l) 

= (:r-l){i(^-ha;'-^+^-^+...+:F+l)-(i+l)(.t?'-'+:r'-H...-f^+l)} 

= (x-l)Mtr'-i+(i-l)^-H(i-2)a;'-»-f... + 2ar-!-U, 
which is <( 0. 

Thus f::izJ>£L:i>?!;izi...>£^ 

l-l-l I t-1 J 

if y is an integer < 1. 

Hence (t-^')0'(.^-l)-*(^^-l)}<0. 

The extension to the cases in which i and j are replaced by any commen- 
surable positive or negative fractions can then be carried out as in 'Chrystal.^ 

Remark.— The inequality has been demonstrated by expressing the excess 
of the greater over the less as the product of an essentially positive factor 
and the square of the difference between the two quantities (x and 1), which 

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being made equal will reduce the inequality to equality. Very many 
algebraic inequalities (perhaps all rational integral ones which become 
equalities for critical values of the quantities involved) can be demonstrated 
by expressing the difference in that form, or in a sum of expressions of that 
form. (See, for example, Boseveare's Chapter ^ § II.) K. F. Muirhead. 

A Mathematical Solution Book. By 6. F. Finkel. Pp. xvi., 549 (4th 

Edition.) (Kibler k Co., Springfield, Missouri, U.S. A.) 

The care with which this little book has been written and its freedom from 
typographical errors have proved so acceptable to the youth of America that three 
editions of twelve hundred copies have now been exhausted, — and yet they want 
more. The author is the well-known Professor of Mathematics and Physics at 
Drury College, and his aim is to provide sj'stematic solutions of difficult (questions 
in the earlier subjects. He is very averse from '* Short Cuts" and " Lightning 

Methods " ; and Insists that solutions should be written out step by step in logii 
order and the chain of reasoning made complete in every Imk. Possibly the 
logical instinct is more highly developed there than it is here, where the utter 
impossibility of comprehending the simplest reasoning is too often apparent in 
voung pupils. " Do this, ye shall know why hereafter is the only way [v. article 
m Engtnuring of June 19th, 1903, entitled '* Reform in Mathematical Education," 
inspired by Professor Perry]. 

Of 500 pages, 200 are devoted to Arithmetic, 200 to Mensuration (which 
evidently from its utilitarian nature looms very large indeed), 50 to Geometry (to 
which injury a further insult is added by filching 10 for Logic) and 50 to Algebra 
interspersed with Biographies. 

The weights and measures used throughout the book are for the most part 
uncompromisingly English ; but questions on money are worked in U.S. currency 
and on specific gravities in the metric system. Our old friend, the rod of 5} 
yards (whom we would so gladly spare in England) comes up smiling ; and so 
does Apothecaries' weight. The most appalling accuracy prevails through the 
book, — the area of a certain circle is 12'566368 sq. ft. and t is given to 600 places 
of decimals (p. 262). How much more useful would be Professor Lodge's approxi- 
mations for this and other multipliers ! The largest known primes and perfect 
numbers are given on p. 42 (curious results, tricks to show the stretch of human 
brain), but one looks in vain for a table of prime numbers or factors. On pp. 554-5 
there are tables of various constants, square and cube roots, natural logarithms, 
deate^B into circular measure, etc. 

We are perfectly willing to accept Mr. Workman's ironical statement that if we 
assume N to be the number required we are keeping within the limits of 
Arithmetic, whereas if we assume x to be the number we immediately remove 
our solution into the sphere of Algebra. What then must we think of this 
solution (p. 147) ? " Had an article cost 107o l^*>f ^he number of 7o &^ would 
have been Wf^ more; what was the gain? Assume 100''l^=Wimxig price, 
100-/,= cost price. Then H x {!(?(?% -(100% -10%)} =(/(?(?%- 100%) + 15% !!*' 

Strictly speaking, there is an ambiguity about such an expression as "the 
percentage of marks gained was increased by 50%." This may mean the 
percentage was increased (say) from 35% to 85% ; or it may mean (say) from 40% 
to 60%. Perhaps in the latter case it would be more correct to say the percentage 
gained was increased by 50(%)^ ! 

The addition, multiplication and division of fractions are carefully explained 
with illustrating scales. The writer evidently believes in the efficacy of a 
thorough drilling in these matters. " With a certain class of teachers, overcome 
with the desire to make everything in education easy, the complex fraction has 
fallen into disrepute. These teachers strongly advocate its omission . . . this is 
done, it is claimed, for the benefit of the student. As a matter of fact, it results 
in his eternal injury. . , It is pitiable to see average students in Analytical 
Geometry or Calculus struggling with Arithmetical operations — when they need 
all their energy to develop the principles of those subjects and should not be 
forced to dissipate any of it "—in the difficulties of calculation (p. 54). 

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We recognize some old favourites in Achilles and the Tortoise (p. 16C) and the 
Hundred Cats Killing the Hundred Rats (p. 162). Some of the questions would 
seem strange to English readers : for instance (p. 416) " A gentleman proposed to 
plant a vineyard of 10^. If he places the vines 6 feet apart ; how many more 
can he plant by setting them in the quincunx order than in the square order, 
allowing the plot to lie in the form of a square, and no vine to be set nearer its 
edge than 1 ft. in either case? Answer 1870." 

From p. 233, where it is considered in what scale 1331 is denoted by 1000, we 
go right away in fifty pages to the rectification of the cycloid and quadrature of 
the spheroids — even tnple and elliptic integrals being noted in the text. In 
many cases the integrations are given in the form of series available for small 
values of the variable. Facts and figures are given for the conchoid, lima^on, 
spirals, etc., and generally a great amount of useful work is crowded into the 
section of mensuration that in England we consider belongs to the Calculus. The 
length of the solutions is a little wearisome, and it would have been better to have 
used first approximations only in illustrating methods and principles. 

The section on Geometry is very slight and inadequate. Believing (p. vi.) that 
'* one solution, thoroughly analyzed and criticised by a class is worth more than a 
dozen seen through a cloud of obscurities," the Author gives one notable 
example of modem descriptive geometry : — If a rectangular hyperbola pass 
through the middle points of the sides of the triangle ABG and intersect those 
sides again in P, Q, i2 respectively, then AP, BQ, OR will co-intersect on the 
circnm-cirde. This is indeed an admirable and suggestive theorem. With its 
study we may well wrestle till break of day. Many interesting issues, such as 
one-to-one correspondence, are raised. Carnot's theorem teaches us that if a conic 
intersect the sides of ABG in (Pj, P^), (Cn ^2)* (A» A) and AP^, BQ^, GB^ are 
collinear then so also are A P^ BQ^, CR.^ (a simple illustration is the Nine Point 
Circle). Sach a conic has for its trilinear equation 2a/oiaa-2/37/(/3i72+ 71)82) = ^ 
(which is analagous to the Cartesian equation to the conic through four points). 
Make aaj=&^i = C7i, introduce the condition for a rectangular hyperbola, and we 
easily obtain Za/c4=0. 

At the end of the volume there are a dozen short biographies of livin g a nd dead 
worthies, those of Sylvester and Cayley being specially interesting. We recom- 
mend the Editor of the Gazette to consider whether he cannot, after some 
specially commendable article or solution, introduce a short up-to-date biography 
of the contributor. 

On the whole the book is readable and instructive. The writer has keen 
enthusiasm for his science, "the practical applications of which have in all 
ages redounded to the highest happiness of the human race, and by its achieve- 
ments has bound all the nations of the earth in one common brotherhood of man." 
Lest, however, any one should boast of being able to read far in nature's infinite 
book of secrecy let him lay to heart Newton's memorable words (quoted in the 
biography on p. 501), ** 1 seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea- 
shore and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or prettier 
shell than ordinary ; whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before 
me." R. F. Davis. 

Lehrbuch der Theta-fimlctionen. By Dr. A. Krazeb. Teubner's ** Samm- 
lung von Lehrbiichem auf dem Gebiete der mathematischen Wissenschaften," 
Band xii Pp. xxiv. -I- 509. 24 m. 

Dr. Erazer has succeeded in the difficult task of giving a clear deductive 
account of the complicated formal theory of multiple theta-functions within the 
compass of a moderate sized text-book. A sufficientlv complete account is given 
of various allied and introductory theories to enable the reader to follow the main 
argument without much subsidiary study, while numerous references giving the 
historical development of the subject afford the means of elaborating particular 
details at pleasure. 

The work well fulfils the requirements of a handbook and is distinguished by 
clearness of style and general elegance of form, though in the latter respect consider- 
able improvement mignt be introduced by the use of matrix notation. The details 
of this notation are so easy to grasp that the common reluctance to employ it 
is remarkable. The singly infinite series Zexp. {am^+2mu) (the summation 
extending over all integntl values of m) occurs for the first time in Fourier's 

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Tli^orit de la ChaUur^ and ita introdaotion as B{u) into function-theory was one of 
the greatest advances made by JacobL The chief properties of this function are 
its uniformity, entirety, and certain periodic properties which, conversely, can 
serve to define it, and determine its usefuhiess in the construction of periodic 
functions. The seneral theta-f unction of p arguments may be defined by precisely 
the same expresuon where now a is a p- rowed square matrix and m, u are row- 
letters. To interpret, signs of summation and suffixes must be supplied, pairs of 
consecutive suffixes being the same ; thus am', which should more correctly be 
written mam^ means the sum of terms mtfli/mj. The great advantage of this 
notation lies not merely in its brevity but in the fact that the letters may be 
manipulated much like ordinary algebraical symbols, and the periodic properties 
proved for the single theta-f unction may be interpreted for the case of p arguments. 

The first chapter develops this theory, introducing the "characteristic" and 
functions of higher order. The second chapter opens with the general theory of 
the linear transformation of the integers of summation in a multiply infinite 
series ; the transformed series requires the number of solutions of a set of p linear 
congruences in a simple form involving the invariant-factors of the determinant of 
coefficients. Application is made of this to transform linearly the arguments and 
periods of the general theta-function and to obtain many general formulae. 

After another modification of the theta-series by means of Fourier's expansion, 
follows one of the most interesting chapters in the book, showing how the general 
periodic function may be represented by the quotient of two theta-functions. 
The line of argument is basea on the algebraic relation between p+1 functions 
having 2p systems of periods, and the relations among the periods aeducible from 
this. The remaining two chapters of the first part of tne book are devoted to 
Transformation and Complex Multiplication ; the latter contains a convenient 
summary of the chief theorems concerning bilinear forms. 

The second part deals mainly with half-integer characteristics (the coefficients 
in a set of half-periods added to the arguments) and the relations connecting 
different theta-functions. The particular cases of p=l and p=2 are necessarily 
somewhat curtailed, but what is given is interesting and the list of references 
with brief descriptions is very comprehensive. In the case p=2 the various 
notations for the 16 theta-functions adopted by most writers are unfortunate in 
that they do not show clearly from what general formula particular relations are 
deduced, or, conversely, how to employ a formula without reference to a table. 
Dr. Krazer either writes the charactenstic in full, which is inconvenient, or uses 
six different symbols for the odd characteristics and their combinations bv threes 
for the even ones, thereby laying undue stress on a distinction which is not 
essential to the formal theory. If, however, a double sufilit notation is used, 
which is suggested by the matrix notation for a half-period and divides the 
characteristic horizontally, instead of vertically as in Rosenbain's and Humberts 
algorithms, it will be found that many formulae can be written in a general 
symbolic form from which particular instances can immediately be deduced. 

The third part deals with Riemann's special theta-functions of one complex 
variable in which the p arguments have been replaced by the p finite Abelian 
integrals for an algebraic curve of deficiency p. The treatment of this portion 
suffers in respect to clearness and completeness by comparison with the great 
English treatise on the subject, but lack of space is responsible for many omissions. 

It is scarcely necessary to mention that in a volume of this magnificent '* Samm- 
Inn^ " every care has been bestowed upon the details of printing so as to render 
the Dook as attractive as possible. R. W. H. T. Hudson. 

Mechanics, Theoretical Applied and Experimental. By W. W. F. 

PuLLBN, Wh. Sc, M.I.M.E., AM.I.C.E. (Longmans, Green & Co.) 

It is an unfortunate fact that most existing textbooks on elementary mechanics 
are written either, to borrow Professor Perry's classification, exclusively from the 
* academic * or exclusively from the ' practical * standpoint ; and are the poorer for 
this limitation. The best academic textbooks are admirably precise and clear, 
but unfortunately disresard entirely the historical and practical aspects of the 
subject. The baser kind of academic cram -book is equally silent as to matters of 
practical utility or historical interest, and is often disgracefully unsound on 
matters of fundamental principle, giving for instance a ' fudge "^ of Atwood's 

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machine by mass moved =tn-i-m\ 

moving force = (m - m')g. 
On the other hand, the practical textbooks, thoagh they frequently draw atten- 
tion to applications of great interest (and in this respect the book under review 
deserves high praise) are too often weak on the theoretical side, partly no doubt 
because they encounter a difficulty from which the purely ' academic * writer 

A theory, embodied in a theorem, states that, given certain premises, a certain 
conclusion follows. This is all that the 'academic' writer is concerned with. 
For instance, if a weightless, flexible string passes round a smooth peg, the 
tensions on either side are the same. Now the constant repetition of these 
qualifying premises is tiresome, and there is a temptation to say ** the tension of 
a string on either side of a pulley is the same. " The original theorem is obviously 
inapplicable in practice ; the modified form is free from this objection, but is 

A writer, whose aim is practice, is tempted, adapting the medieval view that a 
doctrine may be theologically false, but philosopoically true, to say that the 
proposition '*the tension of a string is the same on either side of a pulley" is 
theoretically true, but practically false. The enunciation of conclusions which 
are based upon certain definite premises or conditions, as if they were absolutely 
and unconditionally true, is responsible for much of the contempt and dislike 
which the *' practical man,'' to his own hindrance, is apt to show for theory. 

Mr. PuUen states at page 51 and again (in block type) at page 68: ''The 
mutual pressure between two surfaces in contact is perpendicular to the surfaces 
at the points of contact " ; and at page 161 : *' The velocity of a body falling 
down any curved path is the same whatever the shape of the path. " 

The writer of a textbook should have the same aim as a conveyancer ; each ^f 
his sentences should be capable of only one possible meaning. This should be so 
not merely for the sake of the subject, but for the sake of the English language. 
I should like to quote a few illustrative gems which are not from Mr. PuUen's 
book, but from other " practical works." 

(i) "Velocity is said to be uniform when it moves over equal distances in the 
same time, and it is variable when it is continually altering.' 

(ii) "The radius of curvature in a beam of uniform strength and depth is a 

(iii) "Since generally force = mass x velocity (when force is measured by 

In Mr. PuUen's book, though it is generally carefully written, we come across a 
loose statement here and there. For example, the symbol g is used in three 
distinct senses without warning. On page 1'06 we find, " The student should try 
to remember that a force of g dynes is equivalent to a force of 1 sramme, and a 
force of g poundals is equivalent to a force of 1 pound." Could one severely 
blame a student who remembered that 32 dynes = 1 gramme? At page 157 and 
elsewhere we find " Force xy = mass moved x acceleration produced, a statement 
which, on the most favourable construction, is dangerous; for ^, which heretofore 
denoted an acceleration, has suddenlv become a mtre number ; and the transition 
is unexplained. There is some confusion between mass and weight at page 157, 
and on page 355 this leads to a positive mistake, for there we find, in block type, 
" Density = mass of unit of volume. Pressure of a fluid on a surface immersed 
in it = area of surface x depth of centre of gravity of surface x density of fluid." 

In teaching the elements of mechanics to beginners, the maxim EtUia non sunt 
mtUtiplicanda should be translated : " Postpone the use of the word mass as long 
as you can. " 

Again, while fullv admitting that a definition should generally be the coping 
stone rather than the foundation of a structure, I cannot consider the statement 
(p. 190), "The Radius of Gyration of a body is the distance from the axis of 
rotation at which the mass of a body can he supposed to be concentrated to 
produce the same result" as well fitted for either purpose. On page 42 we have 
a " general method for finding the resultant of any number of forces in one plane " 
without any warning of the difficulty which will arise if the system of forces 
happens to be equivalent to a couple. Such instances as these induce a feeling of 
lack of confidence ; and even in exclusively practical matters Mr. PuUen is not 
alwajTS an absolutely reliable guide. On page 94 we read : " If the centre of gravity of 

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the so-called * accelerating ' balance is a very common object in shops. At page 
23 the absence of an * elastic ' or ' plastic * stage in string is inferred from an 
experiment which appears rather to indicate the gradual pulling out of the 'twist.' 
It would be interesting to repeat the experiment with horsehair, nnspon thread, 
and a stifif helical spring. 

I have made the preceding criticisms because they relate to matters which can 
be put right by a little revision, and I now have the more pleasant task of 
pointing out the merits of the book. Much care has evidentlj^r been expended in 
selecting illustrations from real life of the mechanical principles disoossed. 
To mention only three instances, that ingenious as well as useful appliance 
Weston's differential pulley is most thoroughly discussed with very numerous 
examples : the ' platform ' weighing machine is well and clearlv described, and 
directions are given for the repetition by Galileo's own method of his experiments 
on acceleration. Mr. Pullen lays much stress on actual experiment. There can 
hardly be two opinions as to the absolute justice of this view. Nothing is more 
disheartening than to find, as constantly happens, that boys have 'done 
mechanics,' and can accordingly sometimes work out a mechaniciBJ problem and 
sometimes obtain a correct numerical result, but give it a wrong description. 
When the reaction at a support is stated to be 400 foot pounds, or we are told * 
that " a cubic foot of water moving at 113 feet per second has momentum equal to 
798,062 foot lbs.," we have a demonstration that in the pupil's view, force, 
momentum, energy, acceleration, and so on, are only words, and obviously, in the 
republic of letters, one word is as good as another. 

Though, for the reasons I have stated, the book is not one to put unreservedly into 
the hands of a beginner until it has undergone revision ; yet no teacher can take 
it up without deriving much benefit from the numerous valuable hints and 
examples which it contains. The book is remarkably well printed with clear and 
excel&nt diagrams. C. S. Jacksok. 

Wahrscheinlichkeitsreclmunff und ihre Anwendnng anf Feliler- 
ansgleichung Statistik nnd LeDensversicheruiig. Vol. u. By Emakukl 
GzuBER. 1903. (Teubner.) 

"The calculation of probabilities and their application to the adjustment of 
error. Statistics and Life Insurance," is a well-printed book, setting forth clearly 
and concisely the principles underlying the science of Life Insurance. Commendng 
with an exposition of the mathematical probabilities of death and survivorship, 
the author goes on to explain the functions known as the force of mortality and 
the central death rate, and the method of calculating the expectation of life. 
Then follow some interesting methods of representing geometrically the effects of 
mortality upon nuusses of individuals, methods differing from those employed by 
English actuaries. 

The systems of constructing and graduating mortality tables are set forth at 
lenffth. The graduation formulas of Gompertz, Makeham, Wittstein, Woolhouse, 
ana Karup are analysed, and the graphic method advocated by Dr. Spragne is 
also explained. 

The chapter on Invalidity and Mortality is interesting, as it deals with a 
subject of special importance in Germany, and not unlikely in future to call for 
consideration in this country. The analysis of the formulas for calculating 
annuity values is clear and complete, but we think there is a slight typographical 

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-Y - 1 )*" 18 put equal to m{{l +t)"*- 1 }. Formulas 

are also given for annuities payable during "Activity" and "Invalidity." It is 
noteworthy in this connection that the commutation column Ng is based on the 
relation JVx=Z)a. + ^x+i + /?x+2 + ®*^' instead of Nx=Dx+i-i-I^x+2+^^^* •* 'is®*^ 
in this country, and this also in the case of the Hm. Mortality Table of the 
20 British offices in which the text-book graduation is adopted. Seeing that 
the column of values of fix from this table is also given, we are somewhat 
surprised that no mention is made of the very valuable formulas of approximate 

* This statement got into print, but la a good example of the sort of thing I refer to. 

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Mr. King into Part II. of the text-book of the Institute of Actuaries. 

Zillmer's method of dealing with the problem of providing for the special 
expenditure incurred in the first year of insurance — a problem to which Dr. 
Sprague among English actuaries has devoted especial attention — is given, the 
basis being as follows :—'* The insured pays annually an equal ffross premium 
whereas the net premium is constant from the second year, but calculated as less 
for the first year than the following years by an amount a. This amount which 
enters into the additional payment, and may therefore serve for other than pure 
insurance purposes, is intended to cover the preliminary expenses. The net 
premium for the first year, however, must, if the first principles of variable 

Sremium payments be satisfied, be at least equal to the natural premium, 
obviously the reduction of the first premium involves a corresponding increase of 
the following premiums. The notion underlying this method of calculation may 
be amplified in that the first addition may be spread over several years instead of 
over one. Dealing, for example, with a whole life insurance with a premium pay- 
able annually throughout life ; from the second year the premium amounts to P,, 
then in the first year it is Px - a, and the present value of all the premiums is 
expressed by PjfiLg - a. Equating this to the value Ax of the insurance we have 

Pg = * , while the premium remaining constant throughout the whole term is 


The first essential requirement is that a must be taken less than P^. This 
leads to the condition a < '-^-^. 

a<-^P'x. (1) 

The second requirement formulated above is Py - a ^ -^. 

P' J. * /. > ^* 

«^5^i(^'-k) <2) 

If (1) is fulfilleil (2) is fulfilled also ; hence the right hand member of (2) becomes 
an upper limit for the amount a, a limit which varies (increMingly) with the age. 
It is another question whether a selected with this limit is always suflicient to 
cover the preliminary expenses or whether this is at least to be obtained with the 
Aggregate of the insurances." 

It must be borne in mind that in the notation employed throughout the book 

o^ = — *Z — '^^ ' , or 1 + Ox in the English notation, it is the value of an 

annuity due ; hence in the English notation formula (2) becomes 

From the Hm. Table the upper limit of a when a; = 30 is given as a ^ 0*01033, 
about 1 % of the capital sum assured. When a; = 50, a 2 0*02321, about 2*3 % 
of the capital sum assured. 

Next follow chapters on insurances with guaranteed return of premiums paid 
and on policy values, the latter containing a brief explanation of the formulas 
applicable to a change in the form of an insurance ; for example, from a whole 
life to an endowment assurance. The final chapter deals with the mean risk in 
life insurance and the solution of the sreneral problem of estimating the risk 
incurred by an insurance office as regards its insured at a given point of time. 
The problem is dealt with at some length, and is likely to be of interest to 
Engbsh actuaries. 

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^7)=~7=/ t'^di; the German mortality table for male and female lives; the 

Hm. Table 20 offices Z\ % ; Tables M. and W. I. of 23 German offices 3^ % ; 
and invalidity and mortality tables of German railway officials 3} %. 

The volume is deserving of careful study, and is ably compiled. It is not 
entirely free from printer's errors, but these are oommendably few, having regard 
to the difficult nature of the subject and the necessarily complicated nature of the 
symbols employed. W. R. Strong, F.I. A., 

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I wiah to express my great indebtedness to Mr. P. J. Heawood, of Durham Uni- 
versity, for his careful and suggestive criticism of the contents of this paper, without, 
however, making him responsible for any statement id it with which he may disagree. — 

For the sake of those readers who have not seen the first part of this paper, 
and to whom the whole subject is new, I may state that the whole ar^ment 
is based oo the fact that any imaginary point such as (6 -ft, 4-f 3t) has a 
simple vector :r -f ty = (6 -H ») + * (4 + 30 = 3 + 5i, and therefore may be vectorially 
plotted on to, or represented by, the real point [in this case (3, 5)] which 
nas the same vector. This real point is thus the representative of all the 
imaginary points which have the same vector. The paper deals with the 
consequent relations between the representatives of conjugate imaginaries, 
especially when the imaginaries satisfy the equation of some given curve : 
in this case the two real points representing such a pair of conjugate imagin- 
aries are called images of each other in the curve. 

Every point P in the plane has n such images in a curve of the n^ degree. 
If two images of P coincide, P is a focus — unless the two images coincide 
with P itsefi, in which case it is a double point on the curve. 

Therb are a number of interesting theorems relating to the pair of 
representatives of a pair of conjugate imaginary points. 

The first thing to do is to establish certain fundamental equations by 
means of which when any two of the four points are given the others can 
be found. 

Let P, Q be the real points, with coordinates (a, fi) and (y, 8) respectively ; 
and let /, •/ be the corresponding imaginary points with coordinates (^j, y,) 
and {x^y^ respectively. 

Then, since by supposition an imaginary point and its representative have 
the same vectors^ we have the two equations 

^i+2>i=a+»)8, (1) 

and ^j+tyj=y+iS. (2) 


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Two other important equations can be obtained by considering the valaes 
of what may be called the anti-vectors of the points, i.e. the values of x-iy. 

It is obvious that JTi+tyi and x^-iy^ differ throughout in the sign of i, 
and in that only ; for if the coordinates of / are of the form m+«jp, n+i^, 
those of J will be of the form m-ip^n-iq. 

Hence, x^-^iy^^a-ip, (3) 

and, similarly, x,-»yi=y-t8 (4) 

These four equations are sufficient to find the other two points when two 
of them are given. 

They can be illustrated graphically as shown below ; for though the 
imaginary points themselves cannot be shown (unless they are considered as 
coinciding with the representative points), their coordinates can be so 
represented, since x ana ly are merely vectors whose addition leads ns to 
the point (x, y). 

Let P be the point (o, )8), 

e n » (y, -SX 

Then, if J/ is the mid-point of PQ', we have, by addition of vectors, 


These are the equations : 

jr, + t>i = a-H'ft (1) 

•^i-»yi=y-*s. (4) 

Hence Xi is the vector OAf, 

and ty^ „ „ MP. 

Similarly, if M' is the raid-point of QP\ we see, from equations (2) and (3), 
that x^ is the vector 0M\ 

and iy^ „ „ M'Q, 

[In the diagram, P is at (3, 5), and Q is at (9, 3) ; and the coordinates of 
/ are (6 + 1, 4 -|- 3») ; while those of J are (6 - i, 4 - 3t). So that the vector of 

(?/« e + t + 1 (4 + 3i) r= 3 + 5i = OP, 
and the vector of 0^^=6-1+ r(4- 30 =» 9 + 3t = 0Q.] 

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It followB, from the above, that auy pair of points P, Qin the plane can 
represent some one pair of conjugate imaginary points, and also that to any 
point P correspond an infinite number of ima^nary points gjven by the 
eauMion (1), the conjugates of such points havmg representative points Q, 
which cover the whole plane. 

Further, there will be one imaginary point given by equation (1) whose 
coordinates will be infinite, and the conjugate of that point will be situated 
at infinity. These points, which may be called Q and 12', are the circular 
points at infinity. All the points given by equation (I), including 12, appear 
to be piled on P, and (2 itself havmg infinite coordinates may be considered 
as being the meeting point of all the lines x+iy= constant 

If any pair of conjugate ima^nary points /, J ai*e points of a curve 
f(^t y)=^j their representative points, /*, §, will, as a rule, not be situated 
on the curve, but they will have in many cases interesting relations with 
the curve. I propose to call them images of each other in the curve. In a 
curve of the w"» aegree we can show that there will be n imaginary points 
of the curve, /„ /* ... /«, corresponding to anv given representative point P 
which is not itself a point on the curve, and tnese pomts will have n con- 
jugate points ./i, ... •/„, whose representative points §„ ... §„ will be scattered 
over the plane, t.e, every point P will have n images in a curve of the n*** 

For, if a + t)S be the vector common to any given point P and to all the / 
pc»int8 represented by P, then if we denote the vector of one of the conju^te 
J points oy z and its anti- vector by cu, we shall have, for any of these J pomts 

x-tt/=a-tp=(o ; 
0) being given, and z being required. 

From these we obtain 2.r = z + w, 

.'. 2t/=i{(a-z). 

Substituting these values in /(or, y)=0, we obtain the required equation 
in Zy viz. : 

/{^r- '^"^^}=«. 

the solution of which gives the vectors of the images of P, since J and Q 
have the same vector. 

In this equation, the highest power of z involved is «", consequently the 
equation will be of the n^ degree unless the highest terms cancel. In such 
exceptional case, one or more of the values of z must be infinite, and con- 
sequently the points 12 and 12' will be imaginary points of the curve. 

Including the infinitely distant points, we may therefore say, generally, 
that to each point P correspond n images §!,...§«. These points represent 
n imaginary points Ji,... Jn of the curve, the conjugates of which are 
I^,,..Iny all of which have the same vector as P, 

[The above equation between z and <u may be called the «, cu equation of 
the curve, z and a> being respectively the vector and anti-vector of any point 
of the curve. It is important to notice, however, in the case of an imaginary 
point, that whereas z is also the vector of the real representative of the 
imaginary point, cu is the anti-vector of the real representative of the 
coi^'ugate imaginary point.] 

Various interesting special cases suggest themselves. Thus, if P is on 
the curve, one of the images will coincide with it ; if it is a double point on 
the curve, two of its images will coincide with it, and so on. It is possible, 
however, for two of the images to coincide with each other without 

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ooincidiog with P, whether P is on the curve or not ; in soch caaes P will 
be a focus of the curve, for the definition of a focus is that two of its / 
points are coincident,* which necessitates the corresponding Q points being 
also coincident If one or more images of every point be at infinity, the 
pointy if anj, which has another infinitely distant image will be a focna.'t- 

Again, considering special curves, I showed in my first paper that if 
f(Xf y)sO is a straisnt Ime, any pair of images, P and Q, are perpendicularlj 
equidistant from the line on opposite sides of it ; ue, they are, as it were, 
'optical' images in the line, the distance of each from the line being equal 
to the modulus of the purely imaginary pairt of the coordinates of the 
corresponding imaginary points / and J. This line may be called the axis 
of the pair ofconjugate points / and J. Hence every imaginary point / has 
a representative point P and an axis, the axis being the perpendicular line 
midway between P and its image Q (Q being the representative of the con- 
jugate imaginary point J). 

If f(Xy tn=0 IB a circle, we can show, as follows, that P and Q are inverse 

goints with regard to the circle. For, taking the equation x*-\-f/^=r^^ we 
nd that its z, ta equation iazta^r^. 

Hence, if P is at (a, )3), and o) is its anti-vector a - ifi, z will be the vector 
of Q, ana is given by the equation 

(0 a — ifi a*+)Cr 

Therefore O is at ( , "^ , __J^V which is obviously the invei-se of 
(a,j3). \a«+)8** a*+p^P 

It is important to notice that although a circle is a curve of the second 
defpree, eacn point in the plane has only one finite ima^ the equation in r 
being of the first degree. The other image is at an infinite distance. The 
reason is that though a^ and y^ both contain 2^, x^-{-y^ does not, being equal 
to zia^ the ^ terms cancelling out. Thus Q and 12' are imaginary points of 
the circle. 

In the same way, any curve for which every point in the plane has an 
infinitely distant image must have x^+y^ as a factor of the terms of the 
n*^ degree, where n is the degree of the curve, and every point will have 
two infinitely distant images if (j^+y^)* is a factor of the n^ degree terms, 
and if either the terms of the (n-1)^ degree are missing, or ^+y' is a 
foctor of them. The first set of curves are called circular, since (2 and Q! are 
imaginary points of them ; and the second set are called bicircular, 12 and 12' 
being imafipnary double points of them. Similarly, we may have tricircular 
curves, and so on. In any of these cases, if any special point has another 
infinitely distant image, tliat point will be a focus, as ali*eady stated. 

The conditions for foci may be illustrated bv finding the vector equation 
of the images of any point (a, j8) in the ellipse olF*+a^*=a*6*, and showing 
that they will be coincident if (a, ^) is a focus, and in no other case. 

The 0, (D equation of the ellipse is 

which reduces to ^«2^±^0(o+a)>+^^=O, 

whence ;j=^±gcu±^^,V(w2-aV). 

*In other words, (a, p) is a foous if as+ty=a+t^ is a tangent, which neoessitates 
x-iv=a^ifi being also a tangent. 

fin this case x+iy=a+ip is an asymptote in the direction of Q, taidx-ip^a-ifiw 
an asymptote in the direction of Of. 

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This equation gives the required imaffes, and shows that they will be 
coincident if u>=±ae; i.e. if a—±ae, p=0, and in no other case: which 
proves the proposition. 

In finding the points of intersection of two curves, if any of the points 
are imaginary they will occur in pairs of conjugate points, whose real 
representatives will be images in each of the curves, as above defined. If 
we work with vectors, these real points will be given by the same equation 
as if they were points on the curves. 

The method will be to eliminate .r and ?/ between the equation z^x-\-iif 
and the equations of the two curves. The resulting equation in z will give 
the vectors of all the points of intersection, real and imaginary. 

We will take as an important illustration of this methoa the following 
problem : 

To find the pair of images common to an ellipse and one of its directrices, 
and to show tnat the director circle of the ellipse has the same two points 
as images. 

Taking the three equations « = x + 2y, 

we easily find 2=-^ — = atf, or ; 

e ae ae 

:. the required pair of images are (a«, 0) and ( -, 1- 

It is obvious that the equation 3t^-\-i/^=^a^-\-l^ ; i,e. z(a^a^-{-h'^, is satisfied 
by the vector and anti-vector of each of the imaginary points represented by 
these same points. 

This problem has been introduced because it connects the foci of the ellipse 
with its director circle. 

We have seen that the foci of a curve are points which have two coincident 
images in the curve. They are distinguishable from double points on the 
curve by the fact that the double images are not coincident with the points 
themselves. We will now find the point or points which have two coincident 
images in any curve /(.r, y)—0. 

In this case it will be more convenient to denote the vector of the point 
itself by r, and to use a> to denote the anti- vector of its image. 

The 2, 0) equation of the curve is 

f{^> «X5^)}=o. 

Denoting this, for brevity, as u=0^ we must have, as the condition for two 
equal values of a>, the two simultaneous equations, 


Now f!f =^ . ^+^ . % z being constant, 

aw ax aw dy cuu 

where 2.r8=a«+0) 

and 2iy=a-w; 

du _\ldu .dv\ 
" d<o''2\dv dy)' 
T 2 

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Henoe we luay write the two siniultaueous equations as 

^6 = 0,^ 

dx dy ) 


We may, if we please, solve these as they stand and then plot the required 
points by the values of the vector «=a?+j/, or we may. use their «, «» 
equations, and eliminate <u between them, llie resulting equation in t will, 
in either case, give the required points, which will include the foci and aoj 
double points the curve may have. 

iV. A— Since t- +* jT =0 is satisfied by the coordinates of the imaginary 
^^ ^^ du dtt 

points on the curve corresponding to the foci, it follows that -, — *;7~~^ 

is satisfied by the coordinates of the conjugate imaginary points. Henoe, 
both the foci and their images are given by 


and any curve of the form 

will have the same points as images. 

We will apply this method to find the director circle and directrices, and 
also the foci and focal images of the conic 

2a;«-2.F?/ + 2/- 2^-8^ + 11=0; (1) 

(2j;-^-l)«+(.i;-2y+4)«=0 (2) 

If we eliminate the xy term between (1) and (2) we obtain for the 
director circle 

.?■=«+/ -4.r-6y + 9=0 (3) 

If from (1) and (2) or from (1) and (3) we make the second degree teims 
a perfect square, which can be done in two ways, we obtain the directrices 
(^+y-8)(^+y~2)=0, and a pair of imaginary directrices (parallel to the 
major axis) x-y+l=±i. 

Solving these simultaneously, we obtain four points whose vectors are 

«=t, 2 = 1 + 2i, r=3 + 4i, 2=4 + 5t. 

Hence the two inner points, viz. (1, 2) and (3, 4^ are the foci ; and their 
images are (0, 1) and (4, 5). 

T^e equation of the major axis is ^-^ + 1=0, and that of the minor axis 
is a:-\-y-5 = 0, these being the lines midway between the two imaginary and 
the two real directrices respectively. 

Applying the same method to the general conic 

ajt^+2hxy + by^-\-2gj;+2fy+c^0 
we obtain for the director circle 


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which reduces to the normal form 

The real and imaginary directrices are given by 


where X has one or other of the values given by the quadratic equation 

If we wish to obtain the foci toithout their images, we eliminate jc^ y between 

du . .du - 
dv dy 
and find for the vector equation of the foci 

[NoTB. — In the above, the capital letters J, By ... denote the first minors 
of a, 6, ... in the discriminant of the conic] 

In the foregoing work we have tacitly assumed that the position of the 
pNoint P which represents an imaginary point / of any curve is fixed rela- 
tively to the curve, i,e. is independent of any particular sy?^™ ^^ rectangular 
axes. It is perhaps desirable to prove this formally. This we shall do by 
showing that the position of the representative point is not affected by 
^1) changing the origin, (2) rotating the axes. 

(1) Move the origin to (A, k). 

Let (a, P) be the original coordinates of Py and (or, y) the original 
•coordinates of the corresponding imaginary point /, so that j;+ty=a+i)S. 

Then the new coordinates are respectively (a -A, p-k) and \x-hy y-k). 
We have to show that these continue to possess equal vectors. 

Now, the new vector of / is (JC'-h) + i{y-k) which 

=(a-A) + i(j8-/r) since x+iy==a+ip. 

Therefore the new vector of P is equal to the new vector of 7. 
Hence P is still the representative of /. 

(2) Rotate the cures through the angle <f>. 

Let (rcos^, rsin^) be the original coordinates of /*. Then its new 
•coordinates will be 

{rcos(^-</)Xr8in(^ -</»)}. 

Now if (xy y) are the original coordinates of /, and ( JT, Y) its new coor- 
■di nates, we have 

A' = a? cos </> +y sin </), 
F=y cos </> - ;F sin <^ ; 
Also j;+iy=rcos(y+ir8in^. 

Now X-^iY=^x cos <\> -i-y sin </> + i{y cos <f>-j: sin <f>) 

={jc+ iy){co6 <t>-t sin <t>) 
= r (cos 6+i sin $) (cos </> - 1 sin </>) 
= r cos(^ -</>)+ ir sin(^ - </>). 
Hence, in this case also, the point P is still the representative of /. 


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A. Preliminary Expert Die nUd Work. 

(i) As it 18 flpeciHily important that in this subject the ideas shoukl 
correspond with the facts, simple experiments would be useful, desired to 

(a) composition and resolution of forces, 

{fi) the turning effect or moment of a force — in other words the 

principle of the lever, 
(y) friction (especially on an inclined plai»e). 
(ii) The experiments should, if possible, aim at discovery and W 
quantitative — mere verification is less useful. 

B. (Jeneral Remarks on Examples and Methods. 

(i) Examples should at first be almost exclusively numerical, and should 
in any case conclude with a numerical application. 

(ii) Examples should as far as possible be practical. Those examples 
which specify the bodies on which the forces act are preferable to those 
which do not do so. 

(iii) A specially instructive class of example consists in compiling a table 
or drawing a graph to shew the effect on a certain result of a variation in a 
certain datum. 

(iv) The difficulties of beginners are often caused by undue haste to write 
down equations. It is essential to first consider the questions : What is the 
body whose equilibrum is being considered ? What are the forces which act 
upon it ? 

(v) Stress should be laid on the great importance of checking results by 
an independent method ; in particular questions should often be worked out 
both graphically and by calculation. 

(vi) Simplifying assumptions such as that friction, stiffness of ropes, 
weights of certain bodies, etc., may be disregarded cannot be too explicitly 

(vii) Fancy names for technical terms are to be avoided. 

(viii) Great prominence should be given to geometrical methods, to cure 
the prevalent devotion to analytical methods, a devotion which has obscured 
a great deal of the simplicity of dynamics. 

C. Stati<:s. 

(i) As the basis of the subject the parallelogram of forces should be 
assumed as an experimental result. 

(ii) This should be immediately followed by problems on three forces, to 
be solved by graphic methods. 

(iii) The calculation methods should follow immediately on the graphic 
methods, and should be applied to numerical cases in which four-figure 
tables should be used, the angles 30°, 45", 60" playing a very small part. 

(iv) The problem of Parallel Forces should be attacked as follows 

[alternatives to be considered] : (a) By taking moments, assuming that the 

. turning effect of a force is measured by its moment. (j3) By defining a 

. couple and proving (from the parallelogram of forces) that it is measured 

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by its moment, (y) By the use of the funicular polygon. (6) By the 
geometrical device which deduces parallel from non-parallel forces. 

(v) It should be pointed out that all composition of forces assumes the 
existence of a rigid body to which the forces are applied, and that, failing 
the existence of such a body, composition of forces is unlawful and indeed 

i^vi) Machines, (a) The phrase * Mechanical Advantage ' should be either 
made definite or not used. (j8) The three systems of pulleyH should be 
dropped and special cases dealt with independently, (y) The * work done * 
should be an essential part of the discussion of machines, and attention 
should at an early stage be given to * velocity ratio ' and * efficiency.' 

(vii) The graphic method of dealing with problems on the equilibrium of 
bodies acted on by more than three forces, not necessarily meeting in a 
point, should be given. 

(viii) The impression that the weight of a body really does act at its 
centre of gravity should be guarded against. This and other cases where 
rigidity is assumed should be impressed on the beginner by contrasting 
bodies which are not rigid. 

(ix) It should be clearly brought out, by examples, that all the results of 
statics apply to cases of uniform motion. 

D. Dynamics. 

(i) Velocity. The meaning of the phrase * velocity at a point' should be 
carefully brought out, by means of the idea of * average velocity.' Average 

velocity should be defined as . . and be carefully distinguished 


(a) the average of velocities at equal intervals of time, 
iP) ,» « « space, 

(y) „ the initial and final velocities. 

(ii) Angular velocity should receive more notice as in connection with it 
a great variety of interesting examples arise, e,g, on the gearing of wheels. 

(iii) The idea of work done by a force, with examples of work done against 
gravity and friction, should precede acceleration. 

(iv) Acceleration. The velocity at any time should be represented 
geometrically. This should be used to illustrate the idea of acceleration 
and the formula for uniformly accelerated motion should be obtained from 
the fact that the graph is in this case a straight line. 

(v) The formulae of uniform acceleration, having been proved as above, 
should, when possible, be used in the form 'average velocity = velocity at 
middle instant,' and thus the writing down of the formulae and substituting 
numbers for letters avoided. 

(vi) Much more stress should be laid on Newton's first law and many 
examples given. 

(vii) Newton's second law should be stated in modern terms only. 

(viii) The word ' mass' should be introduced at as late a sta^e as possible, 
all elementary problems on forces producing accelerations being solved by 
simple proportion : 

acceleration produced _ force acting 
g "weight of body' 

from the fact that a body's own weight produces acceleration g, 
(ix) The word *poundal' should be dropped. We have at first the 

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' pound ' weight unit of statics and practical dynamics. Later, when absolute 
units are usm, the dyne will naturally be employed. 

(x) When, and if ^mass' is introduced, it should not be defined by the 
meaningless phrase * quantity of matter,' but as (a) ratio of two masses is as 
inverse ratio of accelerations produced in them by the same force, assuming 
that a force can be duplicated, or ratio of two masses = inverse ratio of 
accelerations produced in them by a stress between them. 

(xi) In dealing with the parallelogram of velocities it should be expressly 
stated that we are combinine the velocity of A relative to B with that of B 
relative to the earth (as in all practical cases). 

(xii) The parallelogram of forces will cause no difficulty if it is based on 
that of velocities. 

This should rather be regarded as an illustration of a result which has 
already been arrived at experimentally. 

(xiii) It should be pointed out that all the parallelogram laws are cases 
of a single law : that of the addition of vectors. 

(xiv) There should be no objection to expanding the idea of a ' rate ' and 
so leading up to the elementary ideas of the calculus (differentiation of 
of, sin.r, cos^r). 

(xv) Atwood's machine should be regarded as typical of a set of problems 
rather than as a method of finding g and detailed descriptions of the 
machine should be omitted. The unsound method [mass moved =m+«n', 
moving force =(w-m')^] is to be condemned, and may be exposed by 
replacing one of the suspended masses by a small pulley which itself supports 
two unequal masses by a cord. 

(xvi) The phrase * centrifugal force ' should be dropped. 

(xvii) Having regard to the importance in physics of simple harmonic 
motion, and of preventing the notion that acceleration is always uniform, 
it is advisable to introduce simple harmonic motion and the pendulum 
earlier, before the more difficult work on projectiles and oblique collisions. 

(xviii) Such problems as arise on the motion of a flywheel should form 
part of a course on elementary mechanics. 

(xix) A full exposition of the nature of * impulse of a force ' should be 
given so that the nature of a blow, as quite different from a force, should 
be learned very early. 

(xx) The restricted nature of the applicability of the principle of work 
and energy, and the unrestricted nature of that of the principle of impulse 
and momentum, should be copiously illustrated. 

E. Order of Teaching, 

(i^ A short course of easy numerical trigonometry should precede the 
study of mechanics. 

(ii) While several sugcestioiis as to the order of (a) Statics, (6) Dynamics 
have been made above, the sub-committee does not wish to recommend that 
Statics should precede Kinematics, or vice versa. 

Added subsequently, 

W hen the equilibrium of two or more connected bodies is considered, the 
Principle of Separate Equilibrium should be distinctly enunciated. This is 
the suppressed premiss in all dynamical reasoning. 

When the time comes to consider how Newton's 2nd Law, or its equivalent, 
is to be reconciled with the relativity of motion, a student should have little 
or nothing to unlearn. 

[It should be noted that some of the above are individual suggestions of 
members of the sub-committee.] 

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139. [p. 8. to.] Oeometrical Note on Invwiion. 

Let J, i? be fixed points, P a variable point; AQ,AP^k^ and BR.BQ^-k"^ 
80 that It is the inverse of the inverse of F, 

About PQR describe a circle and draw the chord RT parallel to ^^. 
Produce FT to meet A£ in B. 

Then FEB=^FTR=FQR{F^B); 
therefore P, §, E, B are concyclic and 
AE,AB=AQ,AF^i^, Therefore E 
is a fixed point. a 

From R draw RF making RFB= 


TEA so that TEFR is a symmetrical 
trapezium and FR^ET, 

Then RFB^ TEA^FTR^FQR and 

RFA = AQR ; therefore Q, A, F, R are 

concyclic and BF,BA = BR.BQ= if^. Therefore F is a fixed point. 

Again from the similar triangles PAE^ BRF 
wherefore FR . EP (or ET, EP) ^EA.FB= constant. 

Hence if P describe any carve, R describes the geometrical image in the 
perpendicular bisector of EFoi the inverse of the curve with respect to E, 

Thus no matter what centres and constants of inversion are taken, repeated 
inversions of any plane curve will only give different inversions of the 
original curve. R. F. Davis. 

140. [V. 1. a.] On decinudUatUm of money. 

It is easy to calculate the exact amount of error in multiplication. Since 
6d. is exactly £*025, it follows that the error in putting 

id.=£-001 is ^i of £-001=2*r of -001x20x12 pence 
= '01 pence. 
Again, in putting £3. 8s. 8jd. = £3*436, there is no error in pntting 
£3. 8s. 6d. = £3-425, but in putting 2|d. = £011 the error is 
11 X *01 pence=-ll pence. 
Take the question : Express £3. 8s. 8|d. as a decimal of a £1 to three 
figures and use your result to obtain 465 times £3. 88. 8|d. 
We have £3. 8s. 8id. = £3-436 approx. 



= £1597. 148. 9^.+au amount which is less than ^. 
But the error is 11 x -01 x 465 pence 

= 51*15 pence 
= 4s. 3|d. very nearly. 
Hence the answer to the multiplication is really £1597. 19s. Old. which 
agrees with what we obtain by ordinary multiplication. W. O. Hbmm ino. 

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141. [K. 17. b.] Some Simple Problemg in Astronomy, 

Let ABC be a spherical triangle on the celestial sphere. First let ^ be 
the north pole, C the pole of the ecliptic, A a star whose longitude is less 
than 90"* (a star whose longitude is greater than 90"" may be similarly treated). 
Then BC= the obliquity of the ecliptic, i^4 =90" -star's north declination, 
(74 = 90" -star's north latitude, JJ5C=90''+star'8 right ascension, BOA =90° 
-star's longitude. Therefore, if we are given any two of the four quantities, 
star's right ascension, declination, longitude, latitude, we can find the other 
two by solving the triangle ABC, 

Again, let n be the zenith, C the north pole, .1 a ntar whose hour angle 
is less than 180^ Then BC=QO" - north latitude of observer, C4 =90' - star's 
north declination, J5il=90*'- star's altitude, J CJ5= star's hour angle, ABC— 
180"* -star's azimuth. Therefore, if we are given any three of the ^ye 

Quantities, latitude of observer, star's hour angle, declination, azimuth, 
Ititude, we can find the other two by solving the triangle ABC 

Harold Hiltox. 


511. [K. 8. to.] J„ A^ Ay A^ are four concyclic points ; Oj, 0^ O3, O4 the 
orthocentres of the triangles A^AJi^, etc. Show that the quadrilaterals 
A^A^A^A^, O^O^O^O^ are equal in all respects and the relation between tbem 
is mutual. W. F. Beard. 

512. [K. IS. to. p.] In Malfatti's Problem, if x^ .y, z are the radii of the 
three circles, each of which touches the other two and two sides of the 
triangle ABC, prove that 

\^= ir(l + tan A jA), A. C. Dixon. 

513. [K. 2. to.] Show that the centre of any one of the four circles touching 
the sides of a triangle ABC c»,n be reached from the circumcentre S by three 
steps perpendicular to the sides of J ^(7 and each equal to the circuni-radius. 
Hence show that the centroid of the points of contact of the in-circle with 
the sides lies on the line joining its centre ItoS, and extend the theorem to 
the ex-circles. E. M. Lanoley. 

514. [X 4. to. p.] Devise a graphic method which would give the two 
smaller roots of the equation jr-<M;+6=0, when a is positive. A. Lodge. 

515. [L^ 1. a ; 17. d.] If a hexagon H be circumscribed about one conic 
. and inscril)ed in another (7, then the tangents to (7 at the angular points of 

H form another hexagon inscribed in a conic, and the two hexagons nave the 
same Pascal line. • J. S. Turner. 

516. [K. 4.] Two vertices and the intersection of the symmedians of a 
triangle are given ; construct the triangle. X. 

517. [D. 6. a. ; AS. g.] Determine f(x) a rational iutegi*al function of .r of 
the seventh degree such that j{x)-\-\ is divisible by (x-l)* and f{x)- 1 by 
{x + iy^ and find the number of the real roots of the equation y(j:) = 0. (O.) 

518. [a S. to.] If a is one of the roots of x^-\-px^-\-q.v-\-r—Oy express ^^1? 

a- 6 
in the form Aa^+Ba+ (7, where J, J5, C are functions of />, ^, r, cr, b. (O.) 

519. [B* 2* to.] A right circular cone is cut by a plane so that the section 
is an ellipse where centre is (7; prove that the centre of gravitv of the 
portion ot the surface cut off between the vertex and the plane lies on a 
line through C parallel to the axis of the cone. (O.) 

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520. [R. 9. a.] The two legs of a pair of steps are of equal leugths and of 
weights W, W^(W> TF'X and the steps will just stand on a rough ground 
when the legs contain an angle 2a ; assuming that the coefficients of friction 
for the two feet are the same, prove that this coefficient is equal to 


433. [K- 18. c] a, 6, c, c?, are the sides taken in order and «,/, the diagonals 
«/ a skew qriadrHateral ; shew that 

A A A A A A 

008 6c cos oof - cos ca cos 6rf+ cos aJb cos cd^{<^a^ + lAd} - e'*/^)/2abcd. 
To what does this reduce in piano ? [Cf . 387.] 0. E. M*Vickbr. 

Solution by R. F. DAVia 

Let ABCD be the quadrilateral having 

AB^a; BC^h; CD=c\ DA^d; AC^e; BD=f. 

Complete the parallelogram ABCE. Let AC, 5 A' intersect in 0. Denote 
BE ana BE by x and y. 

We have from A BDE, P+y^= 20D^ + *^, 

„ AADC, c»+rf»=20Z)»+^, 

„ A ABC, a«+6«=^+J. 

Now C06&0 cos cui- cos oa cos 6<f+ cos a6 cos CG^ 


"4aLrf'<^ + ^"^>(«'+^--^>"(^"'^*"'5^'>(^+^-^'> 

which reduces io c^a^-hb^-e^,/^ 

. In piano this gives 

<A*'+6*rf*-«y=2o5orf (cosine of sum of two opposite angles), 
a well known extension of Ptolemy's Theorem. 

434. [X. 31. p.] Divide a given straight line into n equal parts btf the use of 
a pair of compares only. E. M! Radford. 

Solution by Isaac H. Turrell. 

This problem may be enunciated thus : In a system of collinear equidistant 
points if any two J, -^„ be given, the series can be constructed. 

If with any centre 0, and radius 0^0= r (any convenient radius subject to 
condition 27ir> JJ„), the other extremity 0^ of the diameter 00^ can be 
constructed bv the compasses. Hence the series of collinear equidistant 
points 0, Oi, 62,., On can be constructed. With A, An bs centres describe 
circles with radii =wr intersecting in P„, ^„. Circles with centres A, Pn and 
radii r, (w-l)r touch in Pi on APn- Hence the series of collinear equi* 

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distaut poiuto J, Pi ... P« ... can be constmcted, and also the equal system 
Aj Qi ... Qn ... on the opposite side of AA^. 

Circles with centres A. A ... and radii r, 2r ... meet the equal circles with 
centres Qi, Qt ... in Ai^ J, ... . 

Solution by Proposer. 

It is clearly sufficient to take n eren, for the case of n odd is covered by- 
dividing the straight line into 2n equal parts. 

Let Jil| be the given straight line. With centre A^ and radius AA^ 
describe a circle. By marking off the radius three times round the circum- 
ference from A we obtain the point A^^ which is clearly on AA^ produced^ 
and such that AA^—^AAy By continuing the. process as in the figure we 
can obtain a point An on the line produced such that AA^t^n . AA^, 

Now with centre An and radius A^An describe a circle, and with centre A^ 

and radius AA^ describe another circle. Let these intersect in B, With 
centres A and An^ and radii A An and AB^ describe two circles intersecting in 
C. Finally with centre C and radius CAn describe a circle cutting AA^in E. 

Then J i? will be 1th part of A A., 

For calling AA^ the unit length we have AAn=n ; AB^^n^-\ ; and if 
C.V be perpendicular to AAn, AN^- AnN^^AC^-AnC^^n^-in^-\)^\y 

i,e, (AN+ I^An)(AN-yAn)^h 

But AN+NAn=n, AN- NAn^AN-NE=AE; 

.-. n,AE=l, ie. AE=h 

436. [L^ 10. a.] If PM be the perpendicular from the point P of a parabola 
on the tangent Am at the vertex A, find the locus of the foot of the perpendicular 
from Mon AP, V. Betali. 

Solution by J. Blaikib ; A. W. Pools. 

Let the perpendicular from IT meet AP m Q and the axis in B, Then by- 
similar As PNA, BAM, ^^^ ^^AN^ ^^=^^^'^ 

.*. ^ is a fixed point on the axis and the locus of $ is a circle on /I/? as 

463. [L^ 17. •.] Shew that the equation to a drcumconie of the triangle ABC 
can be written in the form 

where p, g, r are the lengths of the focal chords parallel to BC, CA^ AB. 

J. J. MlLNB. 

Solution by B. F. Davis. 

Let 2i^/a«=0 be the equation to any given . conic circumscribing the 
triangle of reference ABC, Then it is knuwn that the equation to TA (the 
tangent at J to the conic) is My-\-Nli=Oy whence 

sin r^^: sin TAC= ^y : p-^NiM, 

Now if P be a point on BA produced, and PA 'C* a secant parallel to A C, 
q : r=PA'.Pr : PA . PB^PE.PC : PB\ if BE' be drawn parallel to A A' 
to meet PC in E\ In the limit as P approaches A this becomes 

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q : r^AE. AC: AB-, where BE is parallel to A T, aud meeto ilC in E 
= 6 sin ABE : c sin AEB 
:=b ain TAB : c Bin TAC 

Thus M : iV= bjq : c/r ; aud similarly for N : L and Z : lA 
Solution by Proposer. 

The product of the segments of a focal chord varies as the length of the 

Let {a\ ff, Y) be the coordinates of focus S, QSR the focal chord parallel 
to BC. 
Let SQ = p. The coordinates of Q are (a, ^-p sin C,y+p sin B), 
The equation to the circumcouic of ABC is 

Ifiy+mya-hnafi^^O (1) 

Since Q is on the conic, 

l(iy - pBinC)(Y+pm\ B)+maXy+psin B)+naXP' - pamC)^0 ; 
:. -p*jBinBsiuC+p{l{P'sinB-ysmC)+a'lmamB-n»mC)} 
+ Ipy' + wiyV + na'^' = ; 
. Jpy'^jmy'a' + na'^ 

" ^i'^^- -^sin^sinO ' 
jlp^y+my'a'+na'^ sin A . sin A 

~ - sin u4 sin B sin C p,/>^ ' (^R * 

.'. substituting in (1) we have 

pa qP ry 
CoR. If the couic is a parabola, 

^p ^q ^r 
If the conic is a rectangular hyperbola, 

sin 2 J sin 2g sin 2(7 ^ 
p q r " ' 


Mathematical Crsrstallography and the Theory of Qronps of Move- 
ments. By Harold Hilton, M.A. 

This book may be heartily welcomed as a substantial addition to 
British crystallographical literature. Its object has been to collect for 
the use of English readers those results of the mathematical theory of 
crystallography which are not proved in the modern text-books in our 
language. The author makes no claim to originality, yet there is a 
considerable amount of original matter in the book, besides many new 
methods of presenting known mathematical facts. The proofs given in 
Chap. L, § 3, § 4, with respect to stereographic projection are new, as 
are also those of Chap. III., § 3, for the formulae for the transformation 
of the indices of crystal faces from one set of axes to another, and of § 9, 
§ 10, referring to those for the calculation of the axial ratios and facial 
indices from goniometrical measurements. These are decidedly important 
contributions to the mathematics of the subject. The stndent should 

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be warned, however, that the practical crjstallographer calculates his 
results in roost cases in a rouch simpler manner. Indeed, it has been 
the misfortune of crystallography that students are so frequently scared 
from the subject by the formidable formulae given in most treatises, 
whereas the actual calculations are in general very much simpler than 
they appear, and can usually be worked out quite readily with the aid 
of the most elementary spherical trigonometry, provided the student 
is grounded beforehand in the law of anharmonic ratios and the other 
few fundamental laws of crystallography. New proofs are further given 
in Chap. IV., § 18, §19, for the rules relating to axes of symmetry, 
and a considerable part of Chap. VII. (g 3-§ 8, and the concluding 
notes) concerning the coordinates of equivalent points is likewise 
original. The proofs in Chap. IX., ii 9, and Chap. XL, § 2 and § 3, 
relating to facial tension and capillarity constants, as well as the section 
of Chap. XIX. on orthorhombic holoh^ry, are also noticeable additions 
to the original literature of crystallography. 

But the main feature of the book, and one for which the author has 
earned the gratitude of every British crystallographer, is the admirable 
summary which is given of the geometrical theory of crystal structure, 
due to the united labours of Bravais, Jordan, Sohncke, Federow, 
Schoenflies, and Barlow. The present is a particularly opportune 
moment, following on the British Association Report (Glasgow meeting, 
1901) on "The Structure of Crystals," for the summarisation of the 
work in this direction, for it would appear to be now fairly complete. 
Moreover, this subject is one which has hitherto been all but untouched 
by English writers, with the exception of Kelvin, Barlow, and Sollas. 
The notation employed is chiefly that of Schoenflies, and the book 
contains an epitome of the great work of that author, Krtfstallsysterrte 
und Krystallsti-uctury much more readable than the latter and rendered 
more intelligible by numerous excellent and original figures. The same 
may be said of the work of Federow, whose prolific memoirs in the 
Zeit^hiift fUr Kiystallogiaphie are by no means easy to follow. The 
net result of the investigations of these independent workers, in jointly 
yet by different methods establishing the existence of 230 different 
types of homogeneous structure, is set forth with conspicuous clearness, 
and the important fact that these types fall naturally into the 32 classes 
of crystal symmetry which have been experimentally discovered to 
exist is graphically brought home. 

The book is a solid record of facts as regards the possible packing in 
space of the structural units of crystals — the chemical molecules or 
their simple aggregates — and a presentment of the indisputable mathe- 
matical foundation of these facts. Speculation concerning possible 
developments as regards the internal structure of the molecules them- 
selves is avoided, yet suggestions of such inevitable developments in the 
future are aroused by a perusal of the later chapters of the book. 
Indeed, the latter appeal to the chemist quite as much as to the 
mathematician and physicist. A striking instance of the kind of 
problem upon which this new direction of enquiry into the homo- 
geneous partitioning of space is likely to throw much light, has recently 
arisen. The writer of this review has been working on the relation 

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between the radicle ammonium, NH^, on the one hand, and the metals 
of the alkalies, potassium, rubidium, and caesium on the other. For it 
has been shown as the result of a study of the four isomorphous (or 
more strictly, eutropic) normal sulphates, that two ammonium groups 
replace the two atoms of potassium in the sulphate Kj^O^ with scarcely 
more change in the angles and physical properties of the crystals, or in 
the separations of the centres of contiguous molecules along the three 
rectangular directions, than is observed when the two potassium atoms 
are replaced by two atoms of the next family analogue — rubidium ; and 
the change is much less than when two caesium atoms are introduced 
instead of potassium. That is to say, 8 additional atoms are packed 
into the structure without disturbing the symmetry, thus proving the 
existence of large interspaces either between the molecular structural 
units or the atoms composing them, or possibly both. Indeed, it i& 
now time that the enquiry advanced still further, into the internal 
structure of the molecule itself. It has been fairly conclusively shown 
that in the series of sulphates just referred to the simple chemical 
molecules are the structural units, so that this case is not further 
complicated, as happens in many other cases, by an aggregation of 
chemical molecules going to form the structural unit. Barlow has 
already attempted something in the way of tackling the question of 
internal molecular structure, and it may be hoped that as great success 
may attend such efforts as has crowned the work on the homogeneous 
partitioning of space. Problems such as that of the bestowal of the 
atoms of the ammonium group are constantly arising in the course of 
the investigations of the crystallographer, and it is by the combination 
of his practical work on the one hand, with such mathematical and 
geometrical labours as are summarised in Mr. Hilton's book on the 
other hand, that the highest results are to be expected, in extending 
our knowledge of the fundamental nature of organised solid matter. 
It is from this point of view that this book is so particularly welcome 
at the present moment. A. E. H. Tutton. 

Calculating Scale: a substitute for the Slide Kale. By W. Knuwles, B.A.^ 
B.Sc. (E. &7f. Spon, price Is. uet.) 

Mr. Knowles gives a logarithmic scale and a plain scale side by side, each 100 
inches long in 20 sections each 5 inches long. From these scales three figures of 
number and logarithm can be read definitely and a fourth figure by estimation. 

The author, in an explanatory introduction, develops the principal properties 
of logarithms with the aid of the scale ; and brings out clearly, in a concrete 
manner, the nature of characteristics, a matter which often greatly confuses 
beginners. As an aid to the comprehension of logarithms the scale may prove 
very useful ; but opinions will probably differ as to whether for actual use in 
computation it possesses much advantage compared to a card of four figure 
logarithms. Some years ago Messrs. Hachette of Paris published a similar scale 
designed by M. Dumesnil from which four figures of number and logarithm could 
be read definitely and a fifth figure by estimation : affording a degree of accuracy 
somewhat beyond four figure logarithms. 

The scales of M. Dumesnil and of Mr. Knowles may be used in conjunction 
with a pair of dividers for the mechanical performance of various calculations 
after the manner of the original * Gunter ' ; but they do not possess the charac- 
teristic advantage of a slide rule, to wit, that of furnishing at a single setting the 
answer to a whole series of numerical cases of a prob&m, such as '*ReiKl off 
distances in yards corresponding to any series of given distances in metres." 

0. S. J. 

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Ftojection Drawing. By O. Gueth, M.K. (E. & F. Spou, price 3«. net) 

Thia work consisto of twelve plates, without explanations, illustrating projections 
of ])risnis and pyramids, sections and developments of certain solids, and inter- 
sections of prisms, cylinders, and spheres. 

The diagrams are well chosen, and the mode of lettering and the aoxiliary 
projections and developments indicated seem well calculated to aid a student in 
grasping the essentials of descriptive geometry — ^particularly if he actually cuts 
the developments out in cardboiard, and folds them up so as to form the solid 
represented. G. S. J. 

Traits de GMom^trie. By C. Guichard. Part II. Complements. Pp. vii. 
and 430. 1903. (Nony, Paris.) 

The addition of fresh matter to the *' programmes " of the secondary and higher 
schools in France has necessitated a fresh sequel to M. Guichard's book on the 
elements of ffeometry. The additions are threefold : in Geometry, the orthogonal 
projection of a circle and the theorems of Dandelin ; in Mechanics, the theory of 
vectors ; and in Descriptive Geometry, central projections and the generation of 
conies l»y means of homographic pencils. To tnis the author adds transversals, 
poles and polars, coaxal circles, tangent circles, inversion, spherical geometry. 
Homology, elementary geometrical conies, systems of four lines belonging to the 
same quadric, etc. Although the theory of vectors finds its principal appuoations 
in Mechanius it rightly takes its place in a volume such as this, inasmuch as it 
forms a body of doctrine of a purely geometrical character. The author has also 
found that it is an admirable introduction to the study of systems of lines. He 
defines conies by their elementary properties, and by Dandelin*s theorems a 
conic may be taken as the projection of a circle ; hence are deduced properties of 
conies which enable him to prove that the projection of a circle wherever its 
centre of projection may be is a conic. Thus he directly proves that the conic is 
the locas of intersection of the corresponding rays of two homographic pencils. 
The volume closes with a section on plane polygons, polyhedra, and the measure- 
ment of areas. 

An Elementary Treatise on Conic Sections and Algebraic Qeometry, 

especially designed for the use of beginners. By G. H. Pucklb. Pp. vii. ana 
379. 1903. (Macmillan.) 

The first addition of this book was published in 1854, shortly after the appear- 
ance of Dr. Salmon's classical treatise. The fifth edition (stereotyped) was issued 
in 1884, and the book has been reprinted with revisions in 1887, 1892, 1896, and 
now again in 19()3. Mr. Puckle's "Conies" is therefore well known to the 
majority of our readers, and there is but one point to which attention may be 
drawn. In the present edition, pp. 281-288, we find collected simple methods of 
reduction of the equation of the second degree, and of finding the foci, axes, and 
directrices. Mr. Puckle's memory is short when he claims that " the equation to 
the directrix (Art. 294) has not, as far as I know, appeared in any other work." 
This is true enough if a '* work " is a text-book. But the equation in question 
will be found on p. 61 of the 68th volume of the EduecUional Times Beprtnt, and 
that, too, under tlie name of G. H. Puckle. 

Qeometrische Aufgaben and Lebrbnch der Oeometrie : Planimetrie, 
Stereometrie, Ebene nnd Spharische Trigonometrie. Vol. II. Trigono- 
metrie. By M. Schuster. Pp. vii. and 112. 1903. (Teubner.) 

The chief interest of this admirable collection of questions to English teachers 
is the large number devoted to the application of Trigonometry to practical 
purposes — physics, navigation, planimetry, mathematical geography, and 
astronomy. The questions appear to be carefully graduated, and the majori^ 
of them are practical applications in the subjects we have mentioned. It is 
needless to dwell upon the educative e£fect on the mind of the student when he 
has to apply to realities what theory he has learned. His horijEon is widened, lus 
interest is sustained, and the faculty of concentration, on the development of 
which his intellectual future depends, is being steadily cultivated. 

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Advanced Algebra for Colleges and Schools. By W. J. Milne. Pp. 
608. 1903. (American Book Ck>.) 

This is a complete coarse beginning with easy problems soluble by the 
simplest of simple equations, and concluding with chapters on graphs of 
functions and the elementary theory of equations. It covers the same ground 
as the larger Hall and Knight or Smith, but the general impression given to the 
reader is that the .chapters which form the **• advanced " part of the book are 
rather sketchy, though as far as they go they are clear. Continued Fractions, 
Probabilities, and Permutation^, etc., for example, occupy but twelve pases 
each, mainly of widely spaced type, and Theory of Numbers only nine. The 
space devoted to what follows the Binomial Theorem fills less than a third of 
the book. Graphs are not introduced at all in the elementary part of the work. 
The book is beautifully printed and got up, and the general treatment within 
the narrow limits, which are perhaps determined by the circumstances of the 
secondary schools of America, is clear and satisfactory. 

Vorlesnngen iiber Algebra' By Dr. Gustav Bauer. Pp. iv. and 375, 
1903. (Teubner.) 

This volume is published as a tribute to Professor Bauer on the occasion of his 
attaining his 80tb birUiday, by his friends of the Mathematical Society of 
Munich, etc. It consists of four chapters devoted to the general properties of 
equations and their solution. The last chapter deals with the theory of Deter- 
minants and their application to quadratic and bilinear forms. About twelve 
pages are given to the Galois theory. 

Mathematischer Bttcherschatz. Compiled by E. Wolffinr. Vol. I. 
Pure Mathematics. Pp. xxxvi. and 416. 1903. (Teubner.) 

This bibliographical dictionary, of all the mathematical text-books and mono- 
graphs of importance in pure mathematics issued during the nineteenth century, 
will be found a valuable addition to the mathematical library. A useful critical 
introduction deals with previous bibliographies, catalogues, synopses, etc. The 
sections divide the whole subject in such detail that the list of books on any 
portion of the subject may be found in a few moments. With the name o! each 
book is given the name of the publisher, the date of appearance, and the price. 
The English prices are sometimes given in marks and at other times in shillings, 
not that it matters much. We have tested the book pretty carefully and find 
it exhaustive and accurate — astonishitigly so — considering the various languages, 
and the enormous number of books, recorded. From the list of errata, the 
greatest difficulty seems to have been the initials of authors. We can add one 
to the list— R. H. for K. H. Graham. In the title of Russeirs Foiindatiotu of 
Geometry y p. 186, for Runnel read RusaeXl and for ennai read e»»ay. Wolsten- 
holme's collection of problems is omitted, though Laisant's is included. Under 
Hearu, G. W., p. 2^, for the 2 carder read Snd order. Under Heath, same page, 
for AppdUmiwt read ApoUoniwii The list of authors fills over thirty pages of 
three columns. Dr. Wolffing is to be congratulated on having so successfully 
coped with this mass of material, and we look forward with pleasure to the 
second volume on Applied Mathematics, which may appeal to an even larger 
sections of the community than the first. We should add that where a work — 
Salmon's Conies^ for example — has been translated into other languages, full 
particulars are given. 

De TEzp^rience en G^m^trie. By C. de Frktginet. Pp. 178. 4 frs. 
1903. (Gauthier-Villars. ) 

M. de Freycinet can find no a priori reasons for our geometiical concepts. 
The very name. Geometry, exhibits in a marked degree the manner in which 
those conceptions were first manifested. Buildings could not be erected, ground 
could not be measured, until the existence of rudimentary ideas about lines, 
angles, and areas. These ideas eventually found their finest expression in 
architecture. Indeed, it has been said that whatever genius a race has for pure 
geometry is invariably, betrayed in the style of architecture it affects. Our 
concepts of the straight line, of space, of volume, tangency, etc., are all derived 

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from actual experience, or from an intuition proceeding, perhaps, from a long 
iteries of preduipositions accumulated in the race. The empiric geometry of the 
K^OT^i^°* would seem to have been derived by intuition from looking at a 
figure. M. de Froycinet asks the question : Is geometry purely rational or it it 
partly experimental ? Does it belong to Pure Mathematics or to Mathematical 
rhysics* His answer is that it belongs to the former if the axioms are self- 
evident, and to the latter if thev are biwed on experience. He treats his subject 
in connection with geometrical concepts, the axioms, and those propositions 
which deductive geometry sets itself to prove. He finds them all to be the 
outcome of experience and observation. His monograph is well worth reading 
for its charm of style, and should be found interesting to the mathematician and 
the philosopher alike. In connection with the discussion, it may not be amiss 
to quote the following from Mr. Russeirs Priitcipfeji of Mathematictt. *'The 
common desire for self-evident axioms is entirely mistaken. This desire is due 
to the belief that the Geometry of our actual space is an a priori science, based 
on intuition. If this were the case it would oe properly deducible from self- 
evident axioms, as Kant believed. But if we place it along with other sciences 
concerning what exists, as an empirical study oased on ob^rvation, we see that 
all that can be legitimately demanded is that obnerved facts should follow from 
our premisses, and, if possible, from no set of premisses not equivalent to those 
that we asttume. No une objects to the law of gravitation as not self-evident, 
and similarly, when Geometry is taken as empirical, no one can legitimately 
object to the axiom of parallels except, of course, on the ground that, like the 
law of gravitation, it need be only approximately true in order to yield observed 
facu. It cannot be maintained that no premisses except those of Euclidean 
(Geometry will yield observed results ; but others which are permissible must 
closely approximate to the Euclidean premisses." 

Kinematics of Machines. By R. J*. DrRLEV. Pp. viii. and 379. 17s. net. 
19(13. (Chapman & Hall.) 

This is an excellent text-book, written under the influence of Die prcLktischen 
Btzithungtn der Kintmalik zn Otomeii^ und Mtchanik and its predecessor. 
Reuleaux conceived of a mechanism as a chain made up of links, any one of 
which may be considered fixed. With this conception as basis, and taking 
account of the relative motion of the links as determined by the pairing of their 
elements, we are enabled to develop the whole kinematic theory of mechanisms. 
The book is too technical to be reviewed in these columns, but the teacher of 
mechanics might do worse than read the first half of the volume. From the first 
six chapters he will be able to construct a large number of examples to be worked 
out by his classes. Chapter III., for instance, on plane mechanisms containing 
only turning pairs, deals with ouadric crank chains, virtual centres and centrodes, 
the skew pantugraph, Peaucellier cells, etc. In most cases the relations between 
the linear and angular velocities are obtained graphically and analytically. 

The School Arithmetic. By VV. P. Workman. Pp. viii. and 495. 3b. 6d. 
1903. (Clive.) 

This is a school course adapted from the TittoricU Aritlimttic, It is amplified 
by a large selection of miscellaneous examples arranged in carefully gradoated 
papers, new examples in approximate methods, and an additional collection of 
miscellaneous problems. ** Harder Problems" of the TtUonal Arithmetic have 
disappeared. It is undoubtedly the best arithmetic for schools on the market. 

Spherical Trigonometry. By D. A. Murray. Pp. ix. and 114. 2b. 6d. 
1902. (Longmans, Green.) 

The matter of this little book is confined to what is requisite for attacking the 
solution of spherical triangles and the simple practical problems depending 
thereon. After a revision of the elements of spherical geometry, the attention 
of the student is at once directed to the right-angled spherical triangle. The 
section dealing with it and the explanations in the sections (pp. 84-03) dealing 
with the application of spherical trigonometry to astronomy are nul and singularly 

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Vectors and Botorsi with Applications. By 0. Henbici and G. C. 

TUKNER. Pp. XV. and 204. 48. 6d. 1903. (Arnold.) 

Mr. Turner, who had for many years been assistant to Professor Henrici at the 
City and Guilds* Central Technical College, must have felt it a labour of love to 
throw into systematic form these charming lectures, which have been kept from 
the public far too long. For on all sides there are signs that vectors are becoming 
of more and more importance in the teaching of mathematics. We notice that the 
author has not explicitly abandoned his intention of writing a book on vector 
analysis. We badly want a simple introduction to the subject, which, with all 
due rigor of treatment, will be complete enough to supply the needs of applied 
science. As to the relation between the vector as defined and used in this volume 
and the vector of quaternions, we must refer the reader to Professor Minchin's 
review in Nature^ October 29th, the critical remarks in which will be found most 
helpful to the teacher whose knowledge of the Hamiltonian system is limited. 

Vectors are discussed in their application to geometry and to statics. In the 
worked-out examples and in the exercises we find most of the familiar properties 
in pure and co-ordinate geometry. For instance, there are sections dealmff with : 
the orthocentre of a triangle, the complete quadrilateral, mechanisms for drawing 
a straight line, the Peaucellier cell, the Hart contra-parallelogram, etc. Then in 
statics we find nearly twenty pages devoted to the finding of mass-centres. Just 
as by means of the link-polygon we can find the mass-centre of any number of 
points or lines, so by the same means we can determine the mass-centre of any 
irreffular area. But in addition to the latter method the author gives the method 
of finding the mass-centre of an area, when the area has been found by means of 
the planimeter. Chapter V. is devoted to a very clear discussion of stresses in 
frames and their vectorial treatment. It should prove a welcome change from the 
methods which have so long reigned unchallenged in our class-rooms. This 
chapter concludes with an explanation of the term reciprocal figures, and their 
relation to a frame and its stress diagram. Finally there is a uiort chapter on 
the application of vector formulae to trigonometry. But what is a Rotor? This 
term has been devised by the author to express a localised vector, viz., a vector 
restricted to lie in a fixed straight line. The vector may be moved anywhere 
parallel to itself, but the rotor can be only moved to and fro in a fixed straight 
line, and that jjarticular line is called the axis of the rotor. The geometrical 
theory of rotors is then shown to apply to forces. 

There is not much doubt as to the reception this clear presentation of the 
subject will receive at the hands of teachers. We hope that the members of the 
Committee of the Association who are now sitting in judgment on our methods of 
teaching Mechanics will not loose sight of the advantages of the treatment by 
vectors and rotors so lucidly and elegantly exhibited in this little book. 

Elementary QraphS; By R. B. Morgan. Pp. viii. and 76. Is. 6d. 1903. 

This book is a satisfactory introduction to the more prominent features of 
graphs. The pages devoted to the graphs of statistics are excellent, and the 
author suggests that students should be encouraged to draw sraphs of the 
statistics in which they are personally interested — scores at cricket, marks in 
class, laboratory results, rise and fall of the barometer and thermometer, etc. 
The diagrams are especially good. 

Hermann 70n HelmholtZ. By Leo Koenigsbergkr. Vol. I., pp. xi. and 
375; 8 m. Vol. II., pp. xiv. and 383; 10 m. Vol. III., pp. xi. and 142; 3 m. 
1903. (Vieweg, Brunswick.) 

This definitive biography of a great natural philosopher is a worthy tribute to 
a splendid memory. Here we find material for the formation of an opinion as to 
the part played in moulding so fine a nature by hereditary influences and environ- 
ment. His first introduction to the laws of phenomena were obtained from the 
study of geometry. The properties of wooden blocks were the stimulus which 
gave him the ideas that astonished his teachers when he entered on formal 
geometry. But from the earliest date he was more attracted by physics than by 
either algebra or geometry. At school he was not what the average teacher 
would call a *' good boy." Many a time, he tells us, when he ought to tiave been 
translating Cicero he was calculating under his desk the path of the rays in a 

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telescope. lu fact, it was by means of theorems discovered even in those early 
years that he was eventually led to the discovery of the ophthalmoscope. 
Financial circumstances compelled him to abandon tne wish of his heart, wluch 
was to devote himself to the study of physics. He was thrust into the medical 
profession, and in the Army Medical School he came under the influence of 
Miiller. His first work on research was on the relation between the work done 
and the heat produced in muscidar contraction. Three years later he was 
appointed Professor of Physiology at Koenigsberg, receiving the princely salary 
of £120 a year. There are many personal touches in his autobiography which 
reveal to us how his ideas came to him. Occasionally they came as an inspira- 
tion ; sometimes silently and at the time unrecognised as of any value. Often 
they came with the hour of waking, reminding him of the entry in the diary of 
Gauss: **The law of induction discovered Jan. 23, 1835, at 7 a.m., before rising." 
In Heidelberg they came when he was climbing the wooded hill-sides under the 
genial influence of the warm sun. 

The main body of the book is limited to the physiological and physical researches 
of Helmholtz. His first mathematical paper was on the integrals of hydro- 
dynamical equations which correspond to vortex movements, and the next on 
the motion of the air in pipes with wide open ends. Two years later he wrote 
a paper on the friction of viscous fluids. He then began to experiment on the 
theory of sound, and investigated the mathematical theory of violin strings and 
organ pipes. His researches in physiology led him to study electricity, and this 
brouffht him to the study of electric oscillations, and the differential equations 
which are connected with the motion of electricity. After he was appointed to 
the Professorship of Physics at Berlin he restricted his activities to that subject, 
and his work was mainly confined to electro-dynamics. The last four years of 
his life were devoted to a continuation of his investigations in the mathematical 
theory of electricity. The book contains many admirable portraits. 

The biography could hardly have been trusted to more competent hands. For 
the author had been honoured for many years with the friendship of this great 
man, who seemed to be at home in almost every department of human intellectual 
activity— philosophy, literature, art, and nearly every branch of science. We 
need only add that the family of the illustrious savant placed at the disposal of 
the author all the letters and papers in their possession which would serve to 
throw any light on the man and his work. 

Essai 8ur la sommation de quelanes sMes trigonom^triqnes. By E. 
EsTANAVE. Pp.112. 6 fr. 1903. (Hermann, Paris.) 

This is a study, not from the purely theoretical point of view, of certain series 
which are useful in mechanics and physics. The author takes some 80 types, 
and shows how tliey can be summed. The special feature of this interesting 
little monograph is the way in which he displays to his readers the virtue of 
intuition. He guesses the formation of the coefiicients, and then shows that the 
law holds good in the general case. It is a curious study of the play of the 
mathematical imagination. 

Exercises in Arithmetic, Oral and Written. By C. M. Taylor. Part I., 

pp. 124, 16. Part II., pp. vi. and 118, 16. Is. 6d. each. 1903. (Arnold.) 

Part I. consists of a large number of examples in the four rules, each process 
being followed by a series of concrete examples. 

In Part II. is a collection of short and easy examples for the beginner. Easy 
decimals are placed before vulgar fractions. Stress is laid on the expression 
of denominators in prime factors. Both parts would seem to be excellently 
adapted for their purpose, and we should add that the sets of examples are very 
carefully graduated. 

Five-Figure Logarithmic and other Tables. By Alex. M'Aulat. 
Pp. ix. and 161. 28. 6d. 1903. (Macmillan.) 

This is a handy and admirably printed pocket volume. For many pnrpoees 
tables of four figures are not quite sufficient, while tables of more tnan Ave 
figures are rarelv reouired. There were already two sets of tables of five-figure 
logarithms : Galoraitn and Haughton's and De Morgan's, the latter published for 
the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. These, however, differ from 

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extended set of proportional parts in the angles, and useful subsidiary tables. 
The notes at the beginning of the book will be found useful to the inexpert. 

The Junior Arithmetic. By R. H. Chope. Pp. viii. and 470. 1903. 

Mr. Chope, who, as a collaborateur with Mr. Workman in the preparation 
of the Tutorial Arithmetic reviewed in these columns (p. 207) has adapted 
portions of that work for the purposes of junior form. The order of the chapters 
is still retained, as is the method of treatment, but the parts more suitable for 
seniors are omitted. There is a considerable number of additional examples, 
which are likely to delay the pupil far beyond the time when he would with 
advantage be tackling the harder parts of the subject. 

A Complete Short Course of Arithmetic : mainly practical. By A. E. 
Layng. Pp. viii. and 220. Is. 6d. 1903. (Blackie.) 

This is a good little book and may be cordially recommended as the work of 
an experienced teacher. The best chapters are those on vulgar and decimal 
fractions. The foot-notes bring an occasional smile to the lips, although it is 
quite right and proper that the attention of children should be drawn to the 
unreal nature of the way in which they are led to approach their subject. For 
instance ; '* This room is supposed to have no windows or doors." *' The carpet 
is supposed to be patternless or there would be waste in matching the pattern. 

Setsauares, Protractors and Scales, designed by Professor Low. (Long- 
mans Green.) 

These may be recommended as element and accurate. All are covered with 
celluloid, and are made of white wood, unusually tough. They are edged with 
ebonised wood or with transparent celluloid. They appear to be able to stand 
even the wear that boys will give them. 

Experimental Science. Elementary Ftactical and Experimental 

Physics. By G. M. Hopkins. 23rd Edition. Two Vols, in one. Pp. xi. and 
531, V. and 53S. £1 Is. 1902. (Spon.) 

There must be something good about a book that has reached a twenty-third 
edition, and it is hardly necessary to add that such a book must have largely 
increased in size since its first appearance. It is brought up to date, and may be 
commended as an excellent introduction to the elements of experimental science. 
As mathematics are, as far as possible, deliberately excluded the volume calls for 
no further consideration in these columns. 

The Arithmetic of Elementary Physics and Chemistry. By H. M. 
TiMPANY. Pp. 74. Is. 1903. (Blackie.) 

This is a collection of easy questions on specific gravities, centres of gravity, 
temperatures of mixtures, and chemical equations. Many of the typical questions 
are worked out. 

Notes on Analjrtical (Geometry. An Appendix. By A. C. Jones. 

Pp. 171. 6s. net. 1903. (Clarendon Press.) 

This ** appendix" to the ordinary works on Analytical Geometry, by the Senior 
Mathematical Master at the Bradford Grammar School will be found to be very 
useful to those who are preparing boys for university scholarships. There are 
several features about it which single it out from anything of the kind which has 
yet appeared. Much attention is paid to the use of the single variable, and the 
application of the elementary theory of equations to questions in analytical 
geometry is developed in a most successful manner. The author impresses on the 
student the value of the equation of a straight line passing through a given point 
and having a given direction, and reduces most of the well-known equations to 
this form. The chapter on cubic curves will be heartily welcomed, especially as 
an adequate treatment of the simpler properties of the unicursal cubic, and also 
as an instance of the value of the method of attack by means of the single pari- 
meter. The book should be of great value to a large class of students. It con- 
cludes with over two hundred examples, with answers and hints to solution. 

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Deab Sib, — Attention has lateK been called to the inconvenient change which 
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be found that the only intimation which the members in seneral received of any 
proposed change is contained in an announcement, in small print at the very end 
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It is true that the announcement in question was made orally at a meeting on 
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that the action of the Council has been allowed to pass without any protest 
having yet been made by the other members, who ought to have had some 
opportunity of expressing their views on a point of such interest and importance. 
It is not too late to reprint fche parts already issued. In several other respects 
the London Mathematical Society is not taking the place it oaght to take among 
English scientific societies. Its library is stowed away in a dark attic and is 
practically inaccessible. Its members are not styled '* Fellows." It has no lack 
of contributors to its Proceedingn^ but it makes no eflfort to improve the status of 
mathematicians in this country in the wa^ that is undoubtedly done for other 
branches of science by the leading societies in Burlington House. — ^Yours 
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