In July of this year, at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, the United States hosted for the first time the International Physics Olympiad, an annual competition open to pre‐college students from all over the world. (See the article by Barbara Goss Levi in PHYSICS TODAY, September, page 40, and the accompanying box by Arthur Eisenkraft.) The olympiad is a major cultural and social event, lasting a full week. The examination itself occupies only two half‐days of that time; it is, however, the raison d'être underlying the whole occasion, and the creation of an appropriate test is a considerable challenge, as well as a very interesting experience.

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