TJ students have some of the most demanding high school schedules anywhere. Yet somehow many of them manage to squeeze in major projects on the side. These two seniors have recently written and published books now available for purchase on Amazon.com.
Alex (Sasha) Atanasov, TJ ’14, who will be attending Yale, began by writing study notes for himself and ended up publishing a math book and color supplement, over 400 pages in total. Inspired by a music theory book he enjoyed, he chose to write his book, Complex Analysis: In Dialogue, as a conversation between master and student “so you could actually see the student struggle with some of the concepts and have the master work together with him in order to clarify everything.”
“In addition to elementary complex analysis, the book also covers Fourier analysis, special functions, number theory, and a little bit of group and modular theory,” according to Alex, who says he is indebted to math teacher Dr. Jonathan Osborne for his substantive edits and publishing advice.
Varun Jain, TJ ’14, who will be attending Duke, wrote Understanding American Politics: A Book for Teenagers with the goal of educating teens about the critical political and policy issues of our time. In his sophomore year, he created an organization known as American Teenagers for Progress with the same objective. “By reading the book,” he said, “teens should be able to gain a sound understanding of the issues that they need to know about to be an informed teenager and, when the time comes, an informed voter.”