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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Croatian Math Olympiad Team Wins 5 Medals.....Croat Named Best Student At Oxford University

This isn't as well known or exciting as the real Olympics and other sports medals, or as interesting as some of my calendars or model/fashion related posts, but it's still worthy of putting here I think. Personally speaking, I'm not big on math. I pass every math course I've ever had to take, have known enough for any previous job I had and know enough for my daily needs, and that's about the extent of it. I don't get all excited about math and have no out of the ordinary personal interest. It's just that I find all those long never ending equations to be, well, boring.

Of course it may be different if you're working on actual real important projects and have to figure out things, like working on rockets and space ships, satellites, internet/computer technology, space related computations, high-tech rapid-fire and CBRN weaponry, nanotechnology, archeology and paleontology related math, how to make vantablack (which is a material almost like a black hole), how to make a carbyne exoskeleton, time travel technology, calculating DNA haplogroups, Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal DNA presence in terms of percentages, Pentagram map and Golden ratio math, alchemy math, teleportation and wormhole math equations, figuring out how many spoonfuls of sugar go in a triple-triple and other kitchen conversion math, (dash of tabasco, pinch of pepper etc) miles to kilometers and other metric conversion calculations, calculating how many fuckos on average in a given mall food court or room math and calculate the rate per square meter for each sale divided by farts and then the overall ratio compared to the present soiled undies percentages to figure out how many specimens are present at the location, to calculate how to make the most modernly designed and state of the art combination gumball machine/snacks dispenser/shoe shine machine, calculating how many selfies, hairstyles or scandals a given celebrity had in a year or month, week, etc.

For instance, the last time I had to do a trigonometric wave equation regarding cyclical phenomena for a theoretical physics project and then had to do a golden ratio and pentagram map equation, I was hungry like you wouldn't believe and had to pig out on a pizza. (working on math problems gives you a big appetite) Anyway.......

Croatia Shines at Maths Olympiad in Cape Town


The Croatian team will arrive back home from Cape Town, South Africa later today from the 55th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) with 1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals…

Croatia’s team was selected based on results from the Croatian Mathematical Olympiad held in April, and after an intensive preparation, the team have been hugely successful in South Africa. Croatia’s medal winners were:

Gold – Mislav Balunović (Slavonski Brod)
Silver – Daniel Paleka (Zadar), Vlatka Vazdar (Zagreb)
Bronze – Erik Banek (Zagreb), Adrian Beker (Zagreb)
Recommendation – Petar Orlić (Zagreb)

Croatia’s medal-winning team

The IMO, which took place from 3-13 July, is the oldest and most prestigious of all the international science Olympiads, and this year’s event set a record for being the biggest, with 560 teens from 101 countries taking part. Each team was made up of 6 members who were tasked with solving three mathematical problems on each day of the event. The next International Mathematical Olympiad will be held in Chiang Mai in 2015.

Croat Named Best Student at Oxford University

Rumour has it that he is working on designing a nuclear powered carbyne exoskeleton during the time of this post.


22-year-old Croatian Jure Jerić, from the Dalmatian city of Split, has been named the best student of his generation at one of the oldest and prestigious universities in the world – Oxford in the UK…

Jerić this year won the Outstanding Academic Achievement award, which is awarded to the student who achieves the best exam results and the best dissertation. More than 22,000 of the best students, including 10 Croats, study at the acclaimed Oxford University, and Jerić has proved himself to be the best of the best. In around 15 days time the young Split academic will begin work at financial giants JP Morgan.

Oxford has educated many notable alumni, including 27 Nobel laureates, 26 British Prime Ministers, and many foreign heads of state.

“One day I will definitely get a doctorate in international political economy, and then maybe I will come back and live in Croatia and put to use my knowledge and experience from overseas. For now I am glad to come home for a holiday, but also glad to go away (and work),” Jerić told daily Slobodna Dalmacija.

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