**MSRI Mathematical Circles Library**

Volume: 12;
2013;
172 pp;
Softcover

MSC: Primary 97;
Secondary 00

**Print ISBN: 978-0-8218-6905-5
Product Code: MCL/12**

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# Invitation to a Mathematical Festival

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*Ivan Yashchenko*

A co-publication of the AMS and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute

Held annually in Moscow since 1990, the Mathematical Festival is a
brilliant and fascinating math competition attended by hundreds of
middle school students. Participants of the Festival solve
interesting mathematical problems and partake in other engaging
activities, while cultivating key skills such as intuitive reasoning
and quick thinking. This book contains problems presented at the
Festival during the years 1990–2011, along with hints and solutions
for many of them. Most of the problems are accessible to students
with no additional training in mathematics and may be used as
supplementary material at school or at home. Other problems, however,
are more advanced and will be enjoyed by students with a deeper
interest in mathematics.

Most of the problems in this book are specially created for
Mathematical Festival competitions by leading Russian experts in
school and extracurricular math education and have never been
published before.

In the interest of fostering a greater awareness and appreciation of
mathematics and its connections to other disciplines and everyday life, MSRI
and the AMS are publishing books in the Mathematical Circles Library series as
a service to young people, their parents and teachers, and the mathematics
profession.

Titles in this series are co-published with the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI).

#### Readership

Middle school students, their parents, and teachers.

#### Reviews & Endorsements

Since many problems do not require advanced knowledge of mathematics, the text appeals to a very wide audience of mathematics fans. Challenging and inspiring problems in this collection will help to develop reader's mathematical skills, stimulate creative thinking, and promote further interest to the subject.

-- Zentralblatt Math

This book is an enormous storehouse of problems that middle school math teachers can use in their classes. Most of the problems are what could be categorized as 'fun' and the solution of many requires nothing more than simple persistence rather than significant mathematical insight. People that home-school will also find it very valuable in presenting challenging problems to their students. These are also great problems for classes designed to teach future elementary and middle school math teachers. Even mathematical veterans will find the mathematical components of their brains challenged a bit as they read through these problems.

-- Charles Ashbacher, MAA Reviews