Count Down: The Race for Beautiful Solutions at the International Mathematical Olympiad

Count Down: The Race for Beautiful Solutions at the International Mathematical Olympiad

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by Steve Olson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0618562125

ISBN-13: 9780618562121

Pub. Date: 07/28/2005

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


Each summer, hundreds of seemingly average teens from around the world gather for the International Mathematical Olympiad, a chance to race the clock and one another in the quest for elegant mathematical solutions. In Count Down, the National Book Award finalist Steve Olson sets out to crack the secret of what makes these students such nimble problem solvers. He

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Each summer, hundreds of seemingly average teens from around the world gather for the International Mathematical Olympiad, a chance to race the clock and one another in the quest for elegant mathematical solutions. In Count Down, the National Book Award finalist Steve Olson sets out to crack the secret of what makes these students such nimble problem solvers. He follows the six U.S. contestants from their free-time games of Ultimate Frisbee to the high-pressure rounds of the competition. In each he finds a potent mix of inspiration, insight, competitiveness, talent, creativity, experience, and, perhaps most important, an enduring sense of wonder. As he observes the Olympians, Olson delves into common questions about math culture and education, exploring why many American students dread geometry, why so few girls pursue competitive math, and whether each of us might have a bit of genius waiting to be nurtured.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618562121
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
07/28/2005
Edition description:
None
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)

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Keywords:
  • Mathematical Olympiad
  • High School
  • Math Education
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    Count Down: The Race for Beautiful Solutions at the International Mathematical Olympiad 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
    Kingarthurma More than 1 year ago
    If you are an educator or a parent, or just want to have an idea of how great minds click, this is a book you'll really want to read. Part biography of the Math Olympiad competitors, part a description of the process by which they are selected and their work is scored, and part a discussion of the problems they were given and an easy-to-follow outline of how they found a solution to one of the six problems on the two-day exam.