Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Emory's Ken Ono trumpets U.S. win at International Math Olympiad in Thailand

Elphie selfie: Ono stopped in at an elephant sanctuary and snapped this photo during his visit to Thailand for the International Math Olympiad.

Emory mathematician Ken Ono delivered a special lecture recently at the International Mathematical Olympiad, an annual world championship for high school students from more than 100 countries. The trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand, for the event proved more than worthwhile when the six-member U.S. team took first place.

“This is a super big deal,” Ono says. “It has been 20 years since the USA has won the IMO. We should be super proud of the great work done by these six high schoolers under their coach, Po-Shen Loh.”

In addition to his talk, Ono treated the math Olympians to clips from an upcoming film about Indian math genius Srinavasa Ramanujan. Ono served as the math consultant for the film, titled “The Man Who Knew Infinity.”

Watch a highlight reel of the IMO event below. (Ono is the one wearing the Hawaiian shirt.)

Doing math with movie stars

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