Three High-Stakes Math Exams

Rowe, David E.; Shaposhnikova, Tatyana
June 2005
Mathematical Intelligencer;Summer2005, Vol. 27 Issue 3, p44
Academic Journal
The article presents information on the experiences of several mathematicians and physicist who were forced to answer a mathematical question under trying circumstances. Jacob David Tamarkin, a well-known specialist in function theory, functional analysis, and partial differential and integral equations, decided to leave Russia to look for a position in the U.S. He tried to convince the American consul of his identity and the consul attempted to examine him in analytic geometry. Russian physicist Igor Tamni was teaching in Odessa Polytechnic when the Russian Civil War had struck the southern part of the country. He had gone to a neighboring village when a band of Nestor Makhno, who was fighting against the Red Army, captured him. He was asked to solve the Maclaurin's series.


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