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Mathfest '99: Primes and Prizes (Math Chat)

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Author:Frank Morgan, MAA Online
Description: Last weekend [August 1999] over 1100 gathered in Providence for the summer MathFest of the Mathematical Association of America. Hedrick lecturer Carl Pomerance, recently of the University of Georgia and now at Bell Labs, with his marvelous understated humor, gave fascinating accounts of prime numbers... New prize winners included Ravi Vakil of MIT, who won the Trevor Evans award for his article on "The youngest tenured professor in Harvard's history" in Math Horizons (September, 1998). The article describes Noam Elkies's triumphs as a high school student in the Math Olympiad, his work in number theory, and his achievements in chess and music. Challenge: Abel and Beta are each given a box containing cash. It is known that one box contains 10 times the cash that is in the other box. They are give the opportunity to swap boxes...

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Topics: Prime Numbers, Probability

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