# Mathematical Digest

### Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics

in the Popular Press

Reviews of *Count Down: Six Kids vie for Glory at the World's ToughestMath Competition*

"Summing up Achievement: Teens plus a math competition equal a fascinatingstory," by Marta Salij. *DetroitFree Press*, 28 March 2004.

"Math stars receive divided attention," by Scott W. Helman. *The Boston Globe*, 1April 2004.

"Brain Training", by Elizabeth Sourbut. *New Scientist*, 3 April 2004,page 51.

"Count Down: Give Steve Olson extra credit for explaining why bright mathminds should be admired, not reviled," by Ken Fuson.*Orlando Sentinel*, 11April 2004.

"Whiz Kids," by Eric Arnesen. Chicago Tribune, 18 April2004, Section 14, pages 1 and 4.

Review of *Count Down: Six Kids Vie for Glory at the World's Toughest MathCompetition*, by Steve Olson. *Science News*, 24 April2004, page 271.

Steve Olson has written a book about the U.S. team in the 2001 IntermationalMathematical Olympiad, which was held in Washington, D.C. The book profilesthe team members, the way they approach problems, and their interests outsidemathematics. Salij, Fuson, and Arnesen were very enthusiastic about the book,while Helman wishes Olson delved more into the personalities of the teammembers.

*--- Mike Breen*