Saturday, December 22, 2007


Everyone have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Great New Year's!!

By the way, I was amused by this answer to a problem on this year's Maryland Math Olympiad for 2007, High School Division

Each point in the plane is colored either red or green. Let ABC be a fixed triangle. Prove that there is a triangle DEF in the plane such that DEF is similar to ABC and the vertices of DEF all have the same color.

The answer?

I like to think that we live in a world where points are not judged by their color, but by the content of their character. Color should be irrelevant in the the plane. To prove that there exists a group of points where only one color is acceptable is a reprehensible act of bigotry and discrimination.

My ex-math nerd daughter might still appreciate that one. And, Talia, what are you guys teaching these MD kids?

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