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

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