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May 24, 2004

Mathletes Book

In recent Washington Post Book World, Joel Achenbach favorably reviews Count Down : Six Kids Vie for Glory at the World's Toughest Math Competition by Steve Olson:

book cover… a remarkably engaging little book that demystifies math and probably ought to be read by anyone living in a technological society. Heck, anyone with a brain could get inspiration here. …

[Olson] shows that mathematical wizardry is not a supernatural gift but an extension of normal everyday cognition. There are no miracles here. The young math prodigies of the narrative are like every Olympic athlete, training themselves to achieve at a dazzling level. They might start with abundant natural talent, but taking that talent to the highest level requires hard work…

Sounds great. I'm adding it to my summer reading list.

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