Eureka (University of Cambridge magazine)
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Eureka is a journal published annually by The Archimedeans, the Mathematical Society of Cambridge University. It includes many mathematical articles on a variety different topics – written by students and mathematicians from all over the world – as well as a short summary of the activities of the society, problem sets, puzzles, artwork and book reviews.
Eureka has been published 60 times since 1939, and authors include many famous mathematicians scientists such as Paul Erdős, Martin Gardner, Douglas Hofstadter, Godfrey Hardy, Béla Bollobás, John Conway, Roger Penrose, popular maths writer Ian Stewart, Fields Medallist Timothy Gowers and Nobel Laureates Stephen Hawking and Paul Dirac.
The journal is distributed free of charge to all current members of the Archimedeans. In addition, there are many subscriptions by other students, alumni and libraries from more than 10 different countries.
Eureka is edited by students from the University. Recent issues include
- Eureka 50 (April 1990), Editor: Mark Wainwright
- Eureka 51 (March 1992), Editor: Mark Wainwright
- Eureka 52 (March 1993), Editor: Michael T. Greene
- Eureka 53 (February 1994), Editor: Colin Bell
- Eureka 54 (March 1996), Editor: Alan Bain
- Eureka 55 (June 2001), Editor: Alan Bain
- Eureka 56 (March 2004), Editor: Vicky Neale
- Eureka 57 (May 2005), Editor: Erica Thompson
- Eureka 58 (September 2006), Editor: Shu Kris Chen
- Eureka 59 (June 2008), Editor: James West
- Eureka 60 (November 2010), Editor: Philipp Legner
- Eureka 61 (October 2011), Editors: Philipp Legner and Anja Komatar
- Eureka 62 (December 2012), Editors: Jack Williams and Philipp Legner
- Eureka 63 (Expected March 2014), Editor: Jasper Bird
Of the notable mathematical articles, there is an influential paper by Freeman Dyson where he defined the rank of a partition in an effort to prove combinatorially the partition congruences earlier discovered by Srinivasa Ramanujan. In the article, Dyson made a series of conjectures that were all eventually resolved.
- Freeman J. Dyson, Some Guesses in The Theory of Partitions, Eureka (Cambridge), vol. 8 (1944), 10–15.
- Dyson's rank, crank and adjoint