English Issue, December 2002
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What is KöMaL?
It was more than a hundred years ago that Dániel Arany, a high school teacher from the city of Győr, decided to found a mathematical journal for high school students. His goal was ``to give a wealth of examples to students and teachers". The journal's first edition appeared on January 1, 1894.
From that time several generations of mathematicians and scientists developed their problem-solving skills through KöMaL. The best solutions with the names of the 14-18 year-old authors are printed in the periodical. KöMaL regularly reports on national and international competitions, prints articles on interesting results in mathematics and physics, and includes book reviews. For more than 30 years all the new problems have appeared in English as well as Hungarian in the journal. This means thousands of mathematics and physics problems and exercises in English. At present the journal is published by the János Bolyai Mathematical Society and the Roland Eötvös Physical Society with the financial support of the Ministry of Education in 5000 copies. The periodical ``KöMaL - Középiskolai Matematikai és Fizikai Lapok" appears in Hungarian language 64 pages a month 9 times a year. This periodical ``KöMaL", that you are reading now, appears in English language two times a year. This is the first edition. The most interesting problems end articles from the homepage of KöMaL are collected and printed. The main goal of the periodical KöMaL to show the content that is open for students. We are waiting for you. Let us think.