• Title: The Math Olympian
  • Author: Richard Hoshino
  • ISBN: 9781460258729
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Math Olympian As a small town girl in Nova Scotia bullied for liking numbers than boys and lacking the encouragement of her unsupportive single mother who frowns at her daughter s unrealistic ambition Bethany Mac
    As a small town girl in Nova Scotia bullied for liking numbers than boys, and lacking the encouragement of her unsupportive single mother who frowns at her daughter s unrealistic ambition, Bethany MacDonald s road to the International Math Olympiad has been marked by numerous challenges.Through persistence, perseverance, and the support of innovative mentors who inspiAs a small town girl in Nova Scotia bullied for liking numbers than boys, and lacking the encouragement of her unsupportive single mother who frowns at her daughter s unrealistic ambition, Bethany MacDonald s road to the International Math Olympiad has been marked by numerous challenges.Through persistence, perseverance, and the support of innovative mentors who inspire her with a love of learning, Bethany confronts these challenges and develops the creativity and confidence to reach her potential.In training to become a world champion mathlete , Bethany discovers the heart of mathematics a subject that s not about memorizing formulas, but rather about problem solving and detecting patterns to uncover truth, as well as learning how to apply the deep and unexpected connections of mathematics to every aspect of her life, including athletics, spirituality, and environmental sustainability.As Bethany reflects on her long journey and envisions her exciting future, she realizes that she has shattered the misguided stereotype that only boys can excel in math, and discovers a sense of purpose that through mathematics, she can and she will make an extraordinary contribution to society.

    One Reply to “The Math Olympian”

    1. I just finished "The Math Olympian", by Richard Hoshino. I couldn't help being reminded of the (possibly apochryphal) anecdote relating the number of book sales to the number of equations in the book perhaps Hoshino has never heard that story, but I suspect that the truth is that he saw it as a challenge: can an author present a meaningful story while introducing mathematical reasoning and non-trivial problem-solving methods? On the mathematical front, his explanations are clear and insightful: [...]

    2. You don't have to love math to enjoy this page turning, entertainingly educational story. It occupies almost it's own genre in finding a way to combine themes of competition, problem-solving, bullying, friendship and more.The story of determination and overcoming obstacles is engaging in itself, and to boot, you find your self learning mathematical problem solving principles and even understanding complex mathematical proofs.This would be an excellent book for middle school, junior high or senio [...]

    3. Richard Hoshino in the Q & A section at the back of his book says that his target audience is high school students, but he also hopes that the general public will enjoy it as much as it did the exploration into philosophy in Sophie’s World. I would add a few more groups to his target audience beginning with middle school and high school math teachers and those who teach people to be such teachers. I would also add anyone who enjoys math and likes to do math puzzles, plus those who learned [...]

    4. I’m a ninth grade girl interested in math. I picked up this book without knowing quite what to expect, but following the author’s visit to my school. Then I was gripped.The book has a lot of math, all of it very well woven into Bethany’s narrative, the story of a teenage girl’s years-long journey following math, and towards self-actualization. It’s a story of a girl turning into a woman, with twists and turns that make life what it is.Bethany, a strong leader that people look towards, [...]

    5. As a former math team captain, I found that this book captures everything I loved about math competitions and camaraderie. From relays and olympiad problems to heartbreak and religious philosophy, this book's got it all. A must read for nostalgic mathletes and people new to the art.Richard has a talent for rendering the most inscrutable problems transparent, while preserving all the elegance and beauty of problem and problem-solving.He tells a great story too! I met him just once, but I know he [...]

    6. I received this book free through First Reads. I started reading this book last night and it is amazing! The style in which it is written is magnificent and the story is very poignant to modern day society. This is a book I will read again and again! I highly recommend this book!

    7. I enjoyed this book immensely. I loved how the author told the story of how Bethany solved each problem, which in turn made the problems accessible.

    8. A phenomenal read for anyone with an interest in Mathematics, especially math teachers. After 15 years of teaching, this book helped to bring me to an understanding of my purpose in the Mathematics world. While I have never been the smartest, quickest, or appreciative learner as a student myself, I have realized that these are the qualities that help me achieve my goals as a teacher. As Bethany explains different situations in the classrooms of her mathematics life, the ideas and goals that her [...]

    9. Even though I'm a high school math teacher, when a friend gave me The Math Olympian, I immediately thought, "A 500-page novel about math! This is a bit much!" The story captured me immediately. Throughout the novel, Hoshino illustrates the beauty of mathematics. In Bethany's journey (the protagonist), she discovers numerous problem-solving strategies that shows that math can be elegant (rather than always mechanical), and portrays a teenager who is immersed in the challenge of solving problems i [...]

    10. With the 2015 International Math Olympics just completed, the U.S. coming in first, and a Canadian competitor getting the only perfect score, this is a hot topic for North Americans. There are a variety of books out about the Math Olympics, including some that are quite well informed and thoughtful, such as Count Down, by Steve Olson, about the 2001 American Olympiad team. But this is the first I'm aware of that is in the fiction genre, and aimed at adolescents, exploring the life and passions o [...]

    11. I was enthralled by this book! Admittedly quite geeky (both me and the book), reading about Bethany and her math Olympic dreams made me reminisce on the years of high math competitions (but I was constantly jealous of her amazing math teachers and tutors!). I really hope this finds its way into the hands off all the young math stars isolated in their small towns or bigger towns and big cities (!) to help open their eyes to all that's possible. Inspiring book. And it teaches lots of problem solvi [...]

    12. I really enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure what to expect given the title and subject matter, but it was so much more than a story about math. There were many little nuggets of wisdom and very interesting observations about religion, and self-discovery. This book definitely opened my eyes to how beautiful and amazing math can be.

    13. Fantastic book. I loved how the math problems were integrated into the book. It helps us imagine that we are the protagonist. I loved that the story focused on a young girl wanting to become a math Olympian. As a math teacher, I could easily relate to the book and the characters.

    14. Would recommend to any math lovers. Really enjoyed the mix of fictitious story and math problems.Loved the simplicity of the story combined with emotional depth of it.Hoping to read more of Richard's books.

    15. Seemed like it was directed towards a pretty niche audience. The math problems and solutions were interesting and fun though.

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