pThis groundbreaking work features two essays written by the renowned mathematician Ilan Vardi. The first essay presents a thorough analysis of contrived problems suggested to #x201C;undesirable#x201D; 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./ppThe second part of the book provides a historical background of a unique phenomenon in mathematics, which flourished in the 1970s#x2013;80s in the USSR. Specially designed math problems were used not to test students#x27; ingenuity and creativity but, rather, as #x201C;killer problems,#x201D; to deny access to higher education to #x201C;undesirable#x201D; applicants. The focus of this part is the 1980 essay, #x201C;Intellectual Genocide#x201D;, 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#x27;s University, the inception of which is associated with Kanevsky, Senderov and Bella Subbotovskaya./pContents:ulliMekh-Mat Entrance Examinations Problems i(I Vardi)/liliSolutions to the Year 2000 International Mathematical Olympiad i(I Vardi)/liliMy Role as an Outsider, Ilan Vardi#x27;s Epilogue i(I Vardi)/liliIntellectual Genocide i(B Kanevsky #x26; V Senderov)/liliRemarks i(I Vardi)/liliScience and Totalitarianism i(A Vershik)/liliAdmission to the Mathematics Departments in Russia in the 1970#x27;s and 1980s i(A Vershik)/liliEntrance Examination to the Mekh-Mat i(A Shen)/liliFree Education at the Highest Price i(K Tylevich)/liliJewish University i(D Fuchs)/liliRemembering Bella Abramovna i(A Zelevinsky)/liliBella Abramovna Subbotovskaya i(I Muchnik)/li/ulReadership: High school and college mathematics and physics teachers, readers interested in recreational mathematics, and sociologists.
Additional ISBNs: 9789812562791, 9812562796, 9789814338141, 9814338141