“An outstanding story of a Canadian high school student reaching for the pinnacle of mathematical problem solving competitions”
The Math Olympian is a book that tells the tale of Bethany MacDonald, a small-town girl in Nova Scotia who trains to represent Canada at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).
The author, Richard Hoshino, is himself a former competitor on Math Team Canada at the IMO, as well as a team leader, public speaker, and now, mathematics professor in Canada. He’s volunteered countless hours with the Canadian Mathematical Society and other organizations to discover and develop math talent in our country. He’s also provided a number of copies of his book to be given out to official Canadian participants in the Gray Jay through a random draw (all such competitors are automatically included).
Thank you, Richard!
As a small-town girl in Nova Scotia bullied for liking numbers more 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.