Competing with math

Five high schoolers are the new faces of mathematics

By Daniel Strain, 14:20 PM April 18, 2012

Adam Kalinich, 17, demonstrated a game called Nim at the 2012 Intel Science Talent Search.

Adam Kalinich, 17, can be forgiven for having a little too much fun at science fairs. After all, this young researcher, who attends the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, in Aurora, studies what might seem like an unlikely topic: games.

In March, he attended an open house for the 2012 Intel Science Talent Search, a national science and engineering competition for high school students. While there, he presented an old game called Nim and explained how mathematics can help people fin...

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