Community College Mathematician Benedek – an All Ireland Runner-Up

The mathematically gifted Benedek Hernold-Csorba pictured with from left: Ivonne Rice, school quiz co-ordinator; Susan O Halloran, Benedek’s maths teacher and Teresa Lonergan, principal.

Benedek Hernold-Csorba, a first year student at Castleisland Community College, came second in Ireland in the Irish Mathematics Teachers’ Association Quiz.

Benedek emerged from a total of 6,306 first year students competing for the top honours. This yearly event has been organised nationally since 1994. It consists of answering multiple choice brain teasers based on mathematical problems and the competition was held on line this year.

Students were sent a link to the quiz and completed it online within 40 minutes.

Exceptional Mathematical Ability

Benedet’s maths teacher Susan O’Halloran described him as ‘an enthusiastic and hard working student with exceptional mathematical ability.’

Benedet received a mathematical sculpture entitled ‘To Sum It Up’ – a sculpture which documents the ancient origins of mathematics.

Babylonian Clay Tablet

On one side there is a depiction of a Babylonian mathematical clay tablet – the original of which is currently preserved at Yale and dates from 1800 BC.

The other side of the sculpture has a set square, a dividers and a protractor, which again is based on the Babylonian sexagesimal system.

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