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Count Down: Six Kids Vie for Glory at the World's Toughest Math Competition

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Olson shadows the six charming U.S. contestants at the 2001 International Mathematical Olympiad, from their free-time games of Ultimate Frisbee to the high-pressure rounds of the competition, getting to the core of what drives these young people and makes them such nimble problem solvers.

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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.

About the Author

Steve Olson has worked for the National Academy of Sciences, the White House Office of Science and Technology, and the Institute for Genomic Research. A science journalist with more than twenty years of experience, he is the author of several books, including Shaping the Future and Biotechnology, and has written for the Atlantic Monthly, Science, and other magazines.

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Keywords: <br> <li>Mathematical Olympiad <li>High School <li>Math Education

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618562121
Author:
Olson, Steve
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Mathematics
Subject:
Mathematics -- Competitions.
Subject:
Mathematics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
July 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
13 b/w line illustrations
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.06x5.48x.67 in. .59 lbs.

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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.
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