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Special issues of KöMaL

KöMaL 1994-2003, CD

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English special issue, June 2005.

This new English language issue contains the best articles, problems and solutions from the previous year.

Contents of the issue

Out of print.


English special issue, December 2004.

This new English language issue contains the best articles, problems and solutions from the previous year.

Contents of the issue

Out of print.


English special issue, May 2004.

This new English language issue contains the best articles, problems and solutions from the previous year.

Contents of the issue

Out of print.


English special issue, October 2003.

This new English language issue contains the best articles, problems and solutions from the previous year.

Contents of the issue

Out of print.


English special issue, December 2002.

This new English language issue contains the best articles, problems and solutions from the previous year.

Contents of the issue

Out of print.


Century 2 of KöMaL, Volume 2

This English language book, appeared in summer of 2002, is th continuation of C2K. It contains all problems of KöMaL appeared between 1998 and 2000 and a selection of articles and solutions of problems from this period.

Contents of C2K2:

  • Preface
  • All problems of KöMaL that Appeared from 1998 to 2000
  • Some Selected Solutions that Appeared after 1998 in KöMaL
  • Gergely Zábrádi: An Interesting Problem in Number Theory
  • Géza Kós: How to Catch a Lion?
  • Ervin Fried: An Unusual Quadratic Surface
  • Lajos Csete: Simultaneous Triangle Inequalities
  • N. Simányi, P. Gnädig: Rotation-symmetric Surfaces of Soap Film

Out of print.


Century 2 of KöMaL - C2K

    There is a joke about an American visitor, who, wondering about the fabulous lawn of an English mason asks the gardener about the secret of this miracle. The gardener modestly reveals that all has to be done is daily sprinkling and mowing once a week.
    - So very simple?
    - Yes. And after four hundred years you may have this grass.

    KöMaL - the name is the Hungarian abbreviation for High School Mathematics and Physics Journal - is a monthly periodical for high school students. It was created more than a hundred years ago and in 1994 it started the second century of its rich life. It has been the intellectual craddle for mathematicians like von Neumann, Paul Erdős, or the 1998 Wolf Prize winner László Lovász. They are of course just the very top, generations of would be scientists, mathematicians, and also interested students have had their first mathematical experience by trying their hands on the problems posed every month in the journal's yearly problem solving contest. And the children and grandchildren of the first generations already knew that there was the same challenge waiting for them.

Reuben Hersh writes about the "Hungarian Style" in his What is Mathematics, really?: "It is hard to describe, but not hard to recognize. Lively affection for the concrete, specific, and human. Quiet avoidance of blown-up pretension, vapid generality, words for words's sake. Intellectual and cultural breadth, encompassing history, lierature and philosophy. Understanding that mathematics flowers as part of the human culture." Ordering this little book you can have a personal insight to the Hungarian Style. It contains nearly 800 problems, all posed in the journal between 1994 and 1997. Some 39 selected solutions, two articles and the informative preface of Professor George Berzsenyi from the Rose-Hullmann Institute of Technology.

Out of print.


KöMaL on CD-ROM

This double CD-ROM (in Hungarian language) contains the mathematical part of the journal - all exercises, problems, solutions and articles - between 1893 and 1993 in a scanned form. The CD contains a searchable database as well.

The CD-ROM has run out.


Special issue in 1996

Contents of this issue:

  • Antal Balog: Budapest Wellcomes ECM2

  • Péter Körtesi: Junior Mathematics Congress '96 Miskolc
  • Abstracts for JMC-96
  • Elemér Kiss: János Bolyai the First Hungarian Number Theorist
  • Eva Hiemer: On Some Generalisations of the Fibonacci Sequence
  • Gábor Braun: Chessboard-tilings by Rectangle Dominoes
  • T. M. Gerő, M. Makai, Gy. Pap, M. Tóth: Winning Strategies in Finite Games
  • Mirjana Vuletic, Igor Dolinka: Ramsey-type Problems of Coloring the Real Space
  • Problems of Points Competitions of KöMaL, that appeared in the 1995-96 school year, Mathematics and Physics
  • Zsuzsanna Rajkovits: International Conference of Young Scientists, Visegrád '96
  • János Asbóth, Bálint Laczay: The Saline Water Oscillator

Out of print.
You can read the issue in the KöMaL archives.


Centennial issue in 1994

This issue appeared for the 100th birthday of KöMaL.

Contents of this issue:

  • Ákos Császár and George Max: Preface
  • Gyula Katona: János Bolyai Mathematical Society
  • Dezső Kiss: Roland Eötvös Physical Society
  • Chapters from the History of mathematics and Physics in Hungary
  • Gyula Radnai: The Eötvös Competition
  • Prize Winners of the Hungarian Competition
  • Viktor Scharnitzky: Mathematical and Physical Journal for Secondary Schools (KöMaL) after the First World War
  • István Reiman and Péter Gnädig: International Mathematics and Physics Olympiads
  • George Marx: Remembering the Student Years
  • Problems of Paul Erdős
  • Problems of Frigyes Károlyházi
  • Péter Komjáth: How to Find the Largest Element by Comparisons
  • Pál Selényi: A Physical Experiment
  • Mathematics Problems and Solutions
  • Physics Problems and Solutions
  • A Selection of KöMaL Problems from 1993-94

Out of print.

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