It is great that the AMS is able to conduct this competition which values and encourages mathematical talent. While sports are usually celebrated, it is wonderful that students interested in mathematics can also be encouraged. I sincerely hope that many more students gain the opportunity to participate in this competition.


The Fall 2013 Arnold Ross Lecture at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry

About 150 students and teachers watched two exciting games in early November.

Qualifying for the 2014 National Who Wants to Be a Mathematician

Students from Barrington High School (RI) take the Round One qualifying test using Maple TA and talk about it afterwards.

The 2013 SACNAS National Conference

Jeremy Meza won an exciting battle, and $2500, in front of over 1000 people at the 2013 SACNAS National Conference in San Antonio.

The Spring 2013 Arnold Ross Lecture

The lecture, by Erik Demaine (MIT), and game took place at the National Museum of Mathematics in New York.

Pi Day 2013

A huge crowd watched two exciting games (and Bonus Round) at Providence College. A sophomore from Classical High School, Joseph Zurier, was the big winner.

2013 AAAS Annual Meeting

Ryan Lee was the big winner when four students from the Boston area played Who Wants to Be a Mathematician.

2013 Natonal Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego

Calvin Deng was the big winner in San Diego, taking home US$5,000 for himself and $5,000 for the math department of his school, the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (videos from the contest are below).

The 2013 semifinals and finals

2012 SACNAS National Conference

Six undergraduates compete at the meeting's Saturday morning breakfast.

2012 USA Science and Engineering Festival

The last two questions from the contest, followed by reaction from the winner after his victory.

Pi Day 2012 at Providence College

Deborah A. Gist, Rhode Island Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, makes introductory remarks (introduced by Frank Ford, Providence College Department of Mathematics and Computer Science) followed by game action and finishing with the winner, Tri Ha, a junior at Woonsocket High School, talking about his plans for his winnings.

Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at AAAS 2012 in Vancouver

Four videos from an exciting match with four Vancouver-area students.

2012 National Contest

All the questions and action from the 2012 national contest, which took place at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Boston.

The 2011 SACNAS annual meeting in San Jose

About 3000 people watched six undergraduates from across the country try to win $2000 at the SACNAS conference in San Jose.

The 2011 Arnold Ross Lecture at the Science Museum of Minnesota

After a very engaging lecture by Joan Hutchinson, eight Twin Cities students competed for cash and prizes.

Pi Day 2011 at Providence College

The Governor of Rhode Island, Lincoln Chafee, congratulated the contestants and handed out awards.

On Family Science Days at the 2011 AAAS Annual Meeting - February 20, 2011

A three-way tie for first in this very tight game

The 2011 National Who Wants to Be a Mathematician in New Orleans - January 7, 2011

Evan O'Dorney attempts to repeat as national Who Wants to Be a Mathematician champion.

Who Wants to Be a Mathematician in Vancouver - October 21, 2010

This was the Who Wants to Be a Mathematician? crew's first visit outside the U.S. (arriving a little late for the Olympics). A packed house saw the event.

Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at the 2010 Arnold Ross Lecture - October 14, 2010

An enthusiastic audience watched the game, which followed an entertaining and informative lecture by Thomas Hales of the University of Pittsburgh

Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at the 2010 SACNAS National Conference - October 1, 2010

Every year the AMS conducts the game at the conference's breakfast for all attendees

Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at Providence College - April 6, 2010

Two exciting games of Who Wants to Be a Mathematician (following lots of rain in Rhode Island)

Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at the University of Michigan - March 19, 2010

Students, teachers, and folks from Mathematical Reviews® attended on the first warm Friday of the spring in Ann Arbor (questions similar to those in the RI game above)

2010 Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Francisco, January 14, 2010

A National Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at the 2010 Joint Mathematics Meetings

Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo - December 6, 2009

A big crowd turned out on a Sunday afternoon for two exciting games on the east side of the Big Island.

2009 Arnold Ross Lecture at the National Science Science Center's Fort Discovery

The Arnold Ross Lecture and Who Wants to Be a Mathematician traveled to Augusta, Georgia on October 29 for a morning of mathematics.

Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at SACNAS 2009

SACNAS is a society dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership. This video has parts of the game from the 2009 SACNAS national conference

Below are two full-length videos of games played at Danvers High School (MA) on April 29, 2004. (At that time, the game was called Do the Math! but otherwise the game is the same as the current Who Wants to Be a Mathematician.) Each game is available in Flash format in high or low resolution and lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Danvers High School :: Game 1

Danvers High School

Danvers High School :: Game 2

Danvers High School


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