Wolfram Research Sponsors International Mathematical Olympiad
April 2, 2001--Wolfram Research is a title sponsor of the 42nd
Olympiad (IMO), an event that promotes the importance of mathematics
education and celebrates the accomplishments of the world's best and
brightest students. The Olympiad, which brings together over 450 of the most
talented high-school-age mathematicians from more than 80 countries, will
be held this summer in Washington, D.C., with opening ceremonies on July 4,
"The mission of Wolfram Research is closely aligned with that of the math
community in general and the math competition community in particular,"
says Paul Wellin, Director of Corporate and Academic Affairs at Wolfram
"The Olympiad showcases the premier math students from around the world.
Since Mathematica is the premier mathematical software, Wolfram
a keen interest in supporting such an event." The IMO was last held in the
U.S. in 1981 before Mathematica was created.
This year, Mathematica is the official mathematical software of the
and each IMO student participant will receive a copy of Mathematica for
Students 4.1, courtesy of Wolfram Research. During the Olympiad,
several Mathematica-based talks will be given to
audiences of about five hundred people each. The presentations will relate to this
year's IMO theme: "Math Expands Horizons." Students and country leaders will
also be able to experience Mathematica firsthand in the university and
hotel computer labs that will be open throughout the event.
The IMO culminates with the awards banquet and closing ceremonies on July 13
at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Several dignitaries
from the federal government are expected to attend the closing ceremonies,
including representatives from Congress, the National Science Foundation,
the U.S. Department of Education, and the White House.