Item description for You Failed Your Math Test, Comrade Einstein: Adventures and Misadventures of Young Mathematicians, Or Test Your Skills in Almost Recreational Mathematics by M. Shifman...
This groundbreaking work features two essays written by the renowned mathematician Ilan Vardi. The first essay presents a thorough analysis of contrived problems suggested to "undesirable" applicants to the Department of Mathematics of Moscow University. His second essay gives an in-depth discussion of solutions to the Year 2000 International Mathematical Olympiad, with emphasis on the comparison of the olympiad problems to those given at the Moscow University entrance examinations. The second part of the book provides a historical background of a unique phenomenon in mathematics, which flourished in the 1970s-80s in the USSR. Specially designed math problems were used not to test students' ingenuity and creativity but, rather, as "killer problems," to deny access to higher education to "undesirable" applicants. The focus of this part is the 1980 essay, "Intellectual Genocide", written by B Kanevsky and V Senderov. It is being published for the first time. Also featured is a little-known page of the Soviet history, a rare example of the oppressed organizing to defend their dignity. This is the story of the so-called Jewish People's University, the inception of which is associated with Kanevsky, Senderov and Bella Subbotovskaya.
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Publisher World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN 9812562796 ISBN13 9789812562791
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More About M. Shifman
Mikhail Shifman is the Ida Cohen Fine Professor of Physics at the University of Minnesota, and is one of the world leading experts on quantum chromodynamics and non-perturbative supersymmetry. In 1999 he received the Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics, and in 2006 he was awarded the Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize for outstanding contributions to physics. He is the author of several books, over 300 scientific publications, and a number of popular articles and articles on the history of high-energy physics.
M. Shifman was born in 1949 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Minnesota.
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Great Russian math entrance exam questions Feb 2, 2006
Interesting and tough questions from Moscow State University, Moscow Institute for Physics and Technology, and Moscow Institute for Engineering and Physics.
Includes articles on the history of using tougher questions to refuse admissions of Jewish students - a form of state-sanctioned discrimination, before the era of perestroika. There is also material covering the alleged KGB assassination of Bella Abramovna - a dedicated math teacher who organized an informal underground university for educating Jewish math students in the Soviet Union. A fascinating read.