By Alexander Soifer

 

Now in its 3rd decade, the Colorado Mathematical Olympiad (CMO), based by means of the writer, has develop into an annual state-wide festival, webhosting many 1000's of heart and highschool contestants every year. This ebook offers a year-by-year historical past of the CMO from 2004–2013 with the entire difficulties from the competitions and their ideas. also, the publication contains 10 further explorations, bridges from solved Olympiad difficulties to ‘real’ arithmetic, bringing younger readers to the vanguard of assorted fields of arithmetic. This ebook includes greater than simply difficulties, ideas, and occasion records — it tells a compelling tale regarding the lives of these who've been a part of the Olympiad, their recollections of the earlier and successes of the present.

I am virtually speechless dealing with the ingenuity and inventiveness confirmed within the difficulties proposed within the 3rd decade of those Olympics. besides the fact that, both extraordinary is the force and patience of the originator and residing soul of them. it really is demanding for me to visualize the keenness and dedication had to paintings singlehandedly on such an recreation over numerous decades.

<—Branko Grünbaum, collage of Washington

After a long time of trying to find Olympiad difficulties, and suffering to create Olympiad difficulties, he has turn into a unprecedented gourmet and writer of Olympiad problems.  The Olympiad difficulties have been excellent, from the start, yet within the 3rd decade the issues became terribly good.  each brace of five difficulties is a piece of art.  The tougher person difficulties diversity in caliber from incredible to work-of-genius… an analogous is going for the “Further Explorations” a part of the book.  nice arithmetic and mathematical questions are immersed in a sauce of attention-grabbing anecdote and reminiscence.  when you may have just one booklet to take pleasure in whereas stranded on a barren region island, this is able to be an outstanding choice.  

<—Peter D. Johnson, Jr., Auburn University

Like Gauss, Alexander Soifer wouldn't hesitate to inject Eureka! on the correct second. Like van der Waerden, he can remodel a dispassionate workout in common sense right into a compelling account of unexpected insights and supreme triumph.

— Cecil Rousseau Chair, united states Mathematical Olympiad Committee

A pleasant characteristic of the ebook is that during the second one half extra comparable difficulties are mentioned. a few of them are nonetheless unsolved.

—Paul Erdős

The ebook is a gold mine of terrific reasoning with detailed emphasis at the energy and wonder of coloring proofs. Strongly steered to either critical and leisure mathematicians on all degrees of expertise.

—Martin Gardner

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