Math Monday: Bringing Home The Gold
It's nice to see an American kid win an international math competition:
Arnav Tripathy (16) is Orissa’s “beautiful mind”. The teenager, who lives with his parents in the US, took home the gold in the 47th Maths Olympiad held recently in Slovenia, beating off competition from 90 countries.I'm looking forward to the day when academic competitions receive the same amount of MSM coverage as does school sports here in the United States.
In an e-mail to HT, Arizona State University’s Prof Chitta Baral said: “While students from China, eastern Europe and Russia performed extremely well, Arnav topped the US merit list with 30 points. He fared better than his Indian counterparts. India managed a bronze with 16 points.”
Arnav and five other students were selected to represent the US from an initial pool of 2,30,000. His father, Ashutosh Tripathy, migrated to the US in 1986. They hail from Bilaspur village in Orissa’s Jagatsinghpur district. Arnav has taken part in several math competitions — including the US Math Olympiad and Harvard-MIT Math Tournament.
Well... it doesn't hurt to dream, does it?