The Cambridge University Mathematical Society


The Archimedeans maintains a few (hopefully) annual publications.

Freshers' Guide

Years of experience and knowledge have been passed down and compressed into this, the Holy Grail of guidance for Freshers, available as a PDF or Word Document.

This guide is produced by the Archimedeans and sent to all the first years before they come to Cambridge. If you feel that there needs to be some changes to what is said, please inform us so that we ensure the freshers are as well informed as they can be.


Eureka is a journal published annually by The Archimedeans, the mathematical society of Cambridge University. It includes 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, problems and puzzles, artwork and book reviews.

Eureka has been published 64 times since 1939, and authors include luminaries such as Nobel Laureate Paul Dirac, Fields Medallist Timothy Gowers, as well as Paul Erdos, Godfrey Hardy, John Conway, Martin Gardner, Roger Penrose, Ian Stewart, Stephen Hawking and many more.

Eureka is distributed free of charge to all members of The Archimedeans (up to three issues per member), which are most undergraduate mathematics students in Cambridge. In addition we have many subscriptions by other students in the UK, as well as alumni and libraries all over the world.

Further information about subscription, contributing and advertising can be found on separate pages.


QARCH is a publication of problems, of varying difficulty (from answer easy, to answer hard, to answer unknown!). The latest version is available here.

Please send in your submissions (full or partial solutions, new problems, comments or queries) to or to the Archimedeans' pigeonhole at the CMS. Items sent by post should be addressed as follows:

Editor of QARCH
The Archimedeans
Centre for Mathematical Sciences
Wilberforce Road

There is very little restriction on the type of question suitable for publication and discussion in these pages, except that the statement and (if known) the solution be relatively concise. Problems may be submitted with or without known solutions.

If you wish to discuss a problem in more detail, or to write something unrelated but of a mathematical nature, don't forget the Archimedeans' other journal, Eureka, which welcomes articles on all aspects of mathematics as well as mathematical fiction, poetry, artwork, etc. Contact the editor, either by email at or by post to the address above, for more details.