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Old Boy succeeds in ‘world’s toughest math contest’

Twelve questions, six hours, few survivors. Matthew Brennan ’12 just found out he’d scored in the top 25 on the 64th annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, considered the world’s toughest math contest, held each December.

Brennan is in his second year of electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  More than 4,500 of North America’s top college mathematicians wrote the contest and MIT placed first overall. That’s no small feat considering a median score is typically 1 out of 120 and only half of test takers score over 50 per cent.

Brennan was an avid math contest taker during his time at UCC, earning a gold medal for Canada at the 2012 International Math Olympiad in Argentina.

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