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Zhautykov and World Math Olympiads bring together most talented students: academician A.Dzhumadildayev

14 January 2010 12:58
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Zhautykov and World Math Olympiads bring together most talented students: academician A.Dzhumadildayev

ALMATY. January 14. KAZINFORM /Aigul Turysbekova/ "About 30 mathematical problems were submitted for the jury's consideration. Six of them were selected. I believe that the problems meet all criteria of international Olympiads on complexity", outstanding mathematician, academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Kazakhstan, Co-Chairman of the Jury of the VI International Zhautykov Olympiad on Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science for school students taking place in Almaty Askar Dzhumadildayev said in the interview with Kazinform.

The academician believes that, first of all, the problem should not be boring. "At the same time the problem must be solvable. However, another criterion is that the problem should not be solved by everyone. Generally speaking, the problems should be balanced", the Co-Chairman of the Olympiad's Jury considers.

What qualities should students have to solve the problem or advance in its solution as much as possible?

First of all it is knowledge, then wit. The problems are usually nonstandard, logical. But on the whole the problems are difficult. And only those students who have experience and mathematical culture can solve them.

The Olympiad is held on the eve of the 51st International Mathematical Olympiad that will be held in Astana this summer. Whether there is any succession or connection between these two events?

It is no coincidence that our country was honored to hold such an outstanding event - the 51st International Mathematical Olympiad. And the link between the two Olympiads is very close.

But the participants of the Zhautykov Olympiad compete in three disciplines. Another peculiarity of the Olympiad is that both individual and teamwork skills are assessed here.

Kazakhstan is the first CIS country to hold the World Olympiad. This is another evidence of the fact that the level of education and mathematical science is high in our country. Indeed, we have many talented school students in this field and good results in mathematics. In accordance with the UNESCO study, even 4-5 grade students show good results in math in our country.

For two years successively mathematicians in Kazakhstan receive the State Prize in the field of science and techniques. Does it mean that the fundamental science is recognized at the state level?

I believe that this award promotes the image of mathematicians. Both the country and the Prize itself got benefit of it. For example, the solution of Nagato's Problem by Kazakh professor Uapbay Umirbayev is referred to as a world class achievement. Our science should meet this criterion.

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