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What is it about the education of the Jewish people that has allowed them to produce such remarkable Mathematicians?

This question seems like a big opportunity for casual social science conjecturing which may or may not be productive. I hope I can clarify a couple of things in my response. According to your ...
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What is it about the education of the Jewish people that has allowed them to produce such remarkable Mathematicians?

My answer is just my educated guess and so it is probably flawed. But I think besides mathematicians, you could also include writers or other scientists, think Freud or Oppenheimer for example. ...
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Answering the Diversity Question for Mathematics Instructor Applications

My take for what it is worth. I see at least two very strong statements you make. I don't see strong statements as necessarily problematic; sometimes it is very important to take a stand. But stands ...
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Reason behind the dominance of particular countries in the IMO (International Mathematical Olympiad)

The book by Masha Gessen on Grigory Perelman has a fascinating description of the Russian math camps, specialized schools (e.g., Specialized Mathematics School Number 239 in Leningrad), and the ...
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Political complications following from oral examinations in the British university system?

British universities have complex systems of teaching quality assurance, mandated by the QAA (http://www.qaa.ac.uk/en). Exams are typically set by a lecturer, checked by a colleague in the same ...
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When to encourage students to read mathematical literature written in English (in non-English speaking countries)?

Indeed, it might be a problem in countries where there is rarely any native literature. Because in such countries English competes against other transnationial languages (Spanish in Hispanic America, ...
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