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November 28, 2011

Adding It All Up

This weekend, college math students around the country will be participating in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition - the Putnam for short. The test is so difficult, more than half the students who take it don't earn a single point on the 120-point exam. In 2002, Melanie Wood was the first American-born woman to be one of the top 5 scorers and earn the title of a Putnam Fellow. Now a math professor at the University of Wisconsin, she walks Dick through a serious math problem.

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