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.
The foundation of the journal had close connections with
the boom in scientific life at the turn of the century. The Mathematical
and Physical Society was founded in 1891, and in the autumn of 1894
the first Eötvös Competition in mathematics was organised for students
that just graduated from high school.
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. 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 6000
The periodical "KöMaL - Középiskolai Matematikai és Fizikai
Lapok" appears in Hungarian language 64 pages a month 9 times a year.
All problems of KöMaL from 2000 in English, rough
solutions and some articles in Hungarian and results of the KöMaL
competitions can be found on the homepages of the journal: komal.elte.hu.