By Misha Shifman
This groundbreaking paintings gains essays written via the popular mathematician Ilan Vardi. the 1st essay provides an intensive research of contrived difficulties urged to “undesirable” candidates to the dept of arithmetic of Moscow college. His moment essay offers an in-depth dialogue of ideas to the 12 months 2000 foreign Mathematical Olympiad, with emphasis at the comparability of the olympiad difficulties to these given on the Moscow collage front examinations.The moment a part of the e-book presents a historic historical past of a different phenomenon in arithmetic, which flourished within the 1970s-80s within the USSR. especially designed math difficulties have been used to not attempt scholars' ingenuity and creativity yet, fairly, as “killer problems,” to disclaim entry to better schooling to “undesirable” candidates. the point of interest of this half is the 1980 essay, “Intellectual Genocide”, written via B Kanevsky and V Senderov. it really is being released for the 1st time. additionally featured is a little-known web page of the Soviet historical past, a unprecedented instance of the oppressed organizing to safeguard their dignity. this is often the tale of the so-called Jewish People's college, the inception of that's linked to Kanevsky, Senderov and Bella Subbotovskaya.