> I had been "discovered" by the county math team coach,I have good friends in US, UK and Russia who have been
> who insisted that I find a way to take the exam.
> In 9th grade, I took the USAMO for the first time
> -- then again in 10th and 12th grades, including
> a top-12 finish my senior year.
through such competitive mills and have clearly not been
harmed by them.
Even so, it seems to me that these contests
give the wrong idea about what good math
(and much else) truly requires.
Arete (the pursuit of excellence) is not the same
as javelin throwing...