Several of our students participated in the Simon Marais Mathematics Competition last Saturday 12 October.
17 pairs and 28 individuals competed in the annual competition, which aims to encourage creative mathematical problem-solving among undergraduate students, identify talented students across the Asia-Pacific region, forge links between academics in the region, and promote healthy competition among students as well as between universities.
Results will be announced in December. In last year's competition, our student Ruichen Jiang placed first in Australia and also achieved joint second place overall. Almost 1000 people participated in the 2018 competition.
Dr Simon Marais was a South African-born physicist who became a prominent contrarian asset manager in South Africa and later Australia. He maintained a life-long passionate interest in mathematics and mathematical problem solving after completing a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University in 1991.