Paula and Petter Imafidon were just 8 years old when they broke the world’s mathematics record previously held by their old sister who was 9 at the time.
In 2009, the twin 8 year olds passed the University of Cambridge Advance Maths A level exam. Most of us are baffled by basic Algebra, but they thought it was easy.
However, this wasn’t their their first time with this level of math. At the age of seven, the twins passed A Level math at Oxford University the previous year.
Clearly, this family has a high math aptitude, but as the father said neither of them are mathematicians. They just have an atmosphere conducive to learning and success.
A few things stood out to me during this interview.
1. The kids look at math as a game and have fun.
2. Healthy competition compels children, says the father.
3. The finger multiplication trick they demonstrated at the end. I’ve never seen that and believe it could help many moving forward.