Eureka (University of Cambridge magazine)

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EditorMichael Grayling
CategoriesMathematical Journal
PublisherThe Archimedeans
First issue1939
CompanyUniversity of Cambridge
CountryUnited Kingdom

Eureka is a journal published annually by The Archimedeans, the mathematical society of Cambridge University. It is one of the oldest recreational mathematics publications still in existence.[1] Eureka includes many mathematical articles on a variety of 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 66 times since 1939, and authors include many famous mathematicians and scientists such as Paul Erdős, Martin Gardner, Douglas Hofstadter, G. H. Hardy, Béla Bollobás, John Conway, Stephen Hawking, Roger Penrose, W. T. Tutte (writing with friends under the pseudonym Blanche Descartes), popular maths writer Ian Stewart, Fields Medallist Timothy Gowers and Nobel laureate Paul Dirac.

The journal was formerly distributed free of charge to all current members of the Archimedeans. Today, it is published electronically as well as in print. In 2020, the publication archive was made freely available online.[2]

Eureka is edited by students from the university.

Recent issues of Eureka
Issue Publication date Editor
Eureka 66 October 2020 Valentin Hübner
Eureka 65 April 2018 Michael Grayling
Eureka 64 April 2016 Long Tin Chan
Eureka 63 September 2014 Jasper Bird
Eureka 62 December 2012 Jack Williams and Philipp Legner
Eureka 61 October 2011 Philipp Legner and Anja Komatar
Eureka 60 November 2010 Philipp Legner
Eureka 59 June 2008 James West
Eureka 58 September 2006 Shu Kris Chen
Eureka 57 May 2005 Erica Thompson
Eureka 56 March 2004 Vicky Neale
Eureka 55 June 2001 Alan Bain
Eureka 54 March 1996 Alan Bain
Eureka 53 February 1994 Colin Bell
Eureka 52 March 1993 Michael T. Greene
Eureka 51 March 1992 Mark Wainwright
Eureka 50 April 1990 Mark Wainwright

Of the mathematical articles, there is a 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.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Eureka Magazine". Mathigon. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Index of /Eureka/Archive". Retrieved 10 June 2020.
  3. ^ Freeman Dyson, Some Guesses in The Theory of Partitions, Eureka (Cambridge), vol. 8 (1944), 10–15.
  4. ^ Dyson's rank, crank and adjoint

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