In these pages are the latest information (including sample chapters and errata) for all the various books that I have been an author of:

- T. Tao, Solving mathematical problems: a personal perspective, Deakin University Press, 1992.
- T. Tao, Three regularity results in harmonic analysis, in “Topics in analysis and applications: selected theses”, R. Coifman, ed. World Scientific Publishing, 2000.
- T. Tao, Analysis I, Hindustan Book Agency, 2006.
- T. Tao, Analysis II, Hindustan Book Agency, 2006.
- T. Tao, Solving mathematical problems, second edition, Oxford University Press, 2006.
- T. Tao, V. Vu, Additive Combinatorics, Cambridge University Press, 2006.
- T. Tao, Nonlinear dispersive equations: local and global analysis, CBMS regional series in mathematics, 2006.
- T. Tao, Structure and Randomness: pages from year one of a mathematical blog, American Mathematical Society, 2008.
- T. Tao, Poincaré’s legacies: pages from year two of a mathematical blog, American Mathematical Society, 2009. (Includes graduate texts on ergodic theory and on the proof of the Poincaré conjecture.)
- T. Tao, An epsilon of room, Vol I., Graduate Studies in Mathematics, 117, American Mathematical Society, 2010; and An epsilon of room, Vol II., American Mathematical Society, 2010. (Includes a graduate text on real analysis.)
- T. Tao, An introduction to measure theory, Graduate Studies in Mathematics, 126, American Mathematical Society, 2011.
- T. Tao, Topics in random matrix theory, American Mathematical Society, 2012.
- T. Tao, Higher order Fourier analysis, Graduate Studies in Mathematics, 142, American Mathematical Society, 2012.
- T. Tao, Compactness and contradiction, American Mathematical Society, 2013.
- T. Tao, Hilbert’s fifth problem and related topics, American Mathematical Society. 2014.
- T. Tao, Spending symmetry, in preparation.
- T. Tao, Expansion in finite simple groups of Lie type, Graduate Studies in Mathematics Vol. 164, American Mathematical Society, 2015.
- T. Klowden, T. Tao, Climbing the cosmic distance ladder, in preparation.

I will unfortunately not be able to respond to any requests for full-length copies of these books, beyond the material already linked to in these pages.

I have also been involved with the following books, though not as a primary author:

- The Princeton Companion to Mathematics, edited by Tim Gowers, J. Barrow-Green, I. Leader. Princeton University Press, 2008.
- Mathematicians: an outer view of the inner world, Mariana Cook, Princeton University Press, 2009.
- Komplexität und Universalität, Terence Tao and Jochem Berlemann,
*Die weltweit besten mathematischen Artikel im 21. Jahrhundert*, Band 2, 2014. (A translated and illustrated version of this talk of mine.) - 2016 MATRIX Annals, David R. Wood (Editor-in-Chief), Jan de Gier. Cheryl E. Praeger, Terence Tao, Springer, 2018. (Similarly for subsequent editions of the MATRIX Annals.)
- Do Not Erase: Mathematicians and Their Chalkboards, Jessica Wynne, Princeton University Press, 2021.

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29 September, 2015 at 2:56 am

lin yibinHello,terrence professor.this is my first time to take a comment in your blog.I feel so excited as if you were in front of me。you are my idol.i love math.my dream is to be a best mathematician.but i think it`s difficulty .i want to understand the article in your blog.how could i do?

3 November, 2015 at 10:21 am

Colin RustIn “Spending Symmetry”, p.11 you use the older-style terms “direct limit” and “inverse limit”, for which as you know the newer-style terms are, respectively (and confusingly!), “colimit” and “limit”. A suggestion: maybe indicate both (pairs of) alternatives. It might be a bit awkward, but this is a very common point of confusion.

5 November, 2015 at 6:41 pm

nicholasgrabillBesides those listed, would you recommend any other books as nice mathematical reads?

17 February, 2016 at 2:40 pm

naveedDear Professor Tao,

In chapter 2 of Analysis I, the object n++ is never defined. Assuming it is a function, it is not stated until lemma 2.2.10 that every positive natural number has a unique pre-image. However, before that, when considering Definition 2.2.1 (definition of addition), the question does come to mind whether a preimage (any, not necessarily unique) can always be obtained from n++. The questions I have are:

1. Does definition of addition (2.1.1) assume that given a number not equal to zero, one can always work out the (unique) “predecessor” to it?

2. In attempting the proof of lemma 2.2.10 (Let a be a positive number. Then there exists exactly one natural number b such that b++ = a), how do I perform induction on a when, by statement of the axiom of induction, the property should be true for 0 but clearly here is true for all a except zero. I have always taken the first element available ( in this case 1) when doing induction. However, here I am trying to work from first principles, hence this question.

3. is “n++” a function? If so, it seems to have been implicitly defined through its characterisation by axioms of natural numbers. Is that a valid way of defining functions?

Many Thanks for your time,

Naveed

17 February, 2016 at 7:14 pm

Terence TaoThe definition of addition is recursive, and relies on Proposition 2.1.16, which in turn uses pretty much all of the Peano axioms. Strictly speaking, one does not directly use Lemma 2.2.10 in the proof of Proposition 2.1.16, but the two statements are certainly very consistent with each other (as you say, if there were a non-zero number with no predecessor, then it should not be possible to uniquely specify a value to that number from a recursive definition, although formalising this intuition rigorously requires a bit of work.)

For your second question, you can perform induction on a statement such as “Either is zero, or there exists exactly one number such that .”

For the third question, strictly speaking is an operation rather than a function, but it can be made into a function once one has a little bit of set theory available: see Example 3.3.2.

23 July, 2016 at 2:24 am

AnonymousDear Professor Tao,

I dont know if you know the beautiful blue Danube walz composed by Johann Strauß. The spark for the music was provided to him by a dream containing the words ” Viana be glad oh oh why why”. So dreams often contain some hidden dormant breakthrough. Stepping out of the mist into the dawn of a new beauty.

Now my dream : 1+1= 2 or 1.

1+2= 3 or 1 or 2

1+3= 4 or 1 or 2 or 3.

2+2= 4 or 1 or 2 or 3.

2+3= 5 or 1 or 2 or 3 or 4.

5+7= 12 or 1 or 2 or………………..or 11.

It has to do with groups and circles and the fact that any chess piece can be replaced by a musical instrument and any chess game can thus be turned into a musical composition of some sort, and waves combining up to form larger waves, or breaking up into many individual smaller waves.

Thanks for a great website and your time ( youtube lectures etc…)

William.

5 September, 2016 at 6:02 pm

plmDear Terence, when do you plan to AMS publish your multiplicative analytic number theory notes?

By the way I feel they are your most impressive lecture notes, displaying the broadest array of skills and originality in their combination, do you see some other set of notes you are more proud of? (I suppose you will include related posts like that on the Montgomery uncertainty principle.)

One more question: do you feel you could easily rework out all the results you have presented at least in lecture notes? I mean given the title of the notes, give the main results with proofs? Which would give you the hardest time?

Congratulations and thanks for all the work.

2 October, 2016 at 3:49 am

Repository AlphaFor those who are not aware Analysis I & II have been published in their third edition at Springer, https://www.springer.com/gb/book/9789811017896

@Terry What are all the differences between this edition and the second one? Thanks!

18 January, 2017 at 4:38 am

AnonymousRespected Tao sir I have a general doubt on whether harmonic series of natural numbers have any direct asymptotical formula with the p nth prime.

5 April, 2017 at 8:55 pm

sport6011I find it amazing that you have written all these books considering you are a Fields Medalist and do so much researce.there are different types of books this is great work so far.

14 December, 2017 at 12:59 pm

NoraHi,

I am looking for a integral sol for damped wave equation in R^2 with full Cauchy data. Thanks

3 January, 2018 at 4:07 pm

masoudkomiDear Terry,

I tried to purchase your Analysis I and II (published by springer). Unfortunately, they say it is out of print. It appears it was never printed by Springer, since I cannot find it on Amazon either. This is unfortunate because I want to make it a required text for our analysis class! Of course, students have access to the electronic book through the library, but sometimes it is nice to have a physical copy to scheme through. I found scheming to be very useful when I was a student, as it led to reading sections that were not necessarily covered in class (granted I’m old-fashioned).

Best wishes,

Masoud

University of Queensland

3 January, 2018 at 11:38 pm

Terence TaoThe texts are published by the Hindustan Book Agency.

21 March, 2018 at 4:40 pm

DiegoDear Terence,

Do you know if the books (Analysis I & II) will be printed in the future by Springer ? If so, when ?

Thank you.

10 January, 2018 at 7:00 am

AnonymousDear terry sir,

i would like you to see the doubt that i have stated above because i am interested in knowing any approximation to the nth prime related to or dependent on the harmonic number. And any book about prime number

12 January, 2018 at 3:40 am

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14 May, 2018 at 8:39 pm

masoudkomiHi Terry,

I have been using your Analysis text book this semester. It has been generally great. One shortcoming I have noticed is with the multivariable section. I have found that the students need a good amount of discussions about continuity and limits. This is because some subtle issues arise; e.g., it could happen that a limit does not exist, even if it exists if one approaches on any line, or one can have a discontinuous function which is continuous in both variables x and y (if one fixes the other variable), etc.

It would be great if a chapter is devoted to discussing multivariable limits and continuity before diving into derivatives. Some examples such as xy/(x^2+y^2) or x^2y/(x^4+y^2) as (x,y)–>(0,0) would help students.

Thanks,

Masoud

University of Queensland

15 May, 2018 at 6:38 pm

Terence TaoThis is discussed in Section 2.2 of Analysis II (see in particular Exercises 2.2.9-2.2.11, as well as Example 1.2.7 of Analysis I).

20 May, 2018 at 3:46 pm

masoudkomiThanks for the reply. I think a couple of more exercises discussing the R^2 situation may be helpful; e.g. is a function which is continuous in every direction continuous? is a function continuous along every path to (0,0) actually continuous at (0,0)? ….

On another note, the version of the inverse function theorem in the book discusses differentiability of f^{-1} only at f(x_0). In applications one would like to know that f^{-1} is differentiable on the neighbourhood V. How should one think about this discrepancy?

[Fair enough. I’ve added a few exercises to explore these statements in the errata for the book. -T]8 June, 2018 at 10:46 pm

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21 August, 2018 at 6:01 pm

CARLOS ALBERTO CARDENAS CANOCORDIAL SALUDO, MI NOMBRE ES CARLOS ALBERTO CARDENAS Y QUISIERA PEDIRLE EL GRAN FAVOR DE QUE POR FAVOR RECOMENDARA LIBROS DE CALCULO DE PRIMERA CALIDAD. PERDONE POR MI IGNORANCIA NO SOLO EN MATEMÁTICAS SINO TAMBIÉN EN SU IDIOMA, PERO CREO QUE UNA PERSONA COMO USTED PODRÍA RECOMENDAR LIBROS DE PRIMERA CALIDAD Y RIGUROSIDAD PARA EL PUBLICO QUE TIENE LA AMBICIÓN DE TENER UNA BIBLOGRAFIA QUE SEA LA MEJOR PARA SU ESTUDIO Y PARA EL BENEFICIO DE LA HUMANIDAD: CREO QUE HACE FALTA RESEÑAS DE LA MATEMÁTICOS PROFESIONALES COMO USTED ACERCA DE LOS MEJORES TEXTOS PRODUCIDOS EN EL MUNDO COMO LOS SUYOS. MI ADMIRACION Y RESPETO.

MUCHAS GRACIAS

9 November, 2018 at 9:25 am

DiegoEl problema es que, por cada materia, existen tantos libros que se hace dificil nombrar o enumerar los mas buenos y completos ya que siempre hay varios. Aunque es cierto que esos libros ‘clasicos’ siempre existen. Tan solo hay que buscar en Internet recomendaciones en foros, google, Math Stackexchange, Quora, Reddit…

Le recomiendo hacer busquedas en su buscador de Internet tales como ”best books for…(asignatura)” .

Otra cosa importante es intentar no redactar su mensaje todo en mayúsculas. Y también intentar aprender (como mínimo) a leer/entender, y escribir el inglés ya que es el idioma de la ciencia por el cual nos entendemos todos. El inglés científico realmento no es muy dificil ya que constantemente se repiten las mismas expresiones (sobre todo en textos matemáticos).

Un saludo Carlos Alberto y mucha suerte y ánimo en sus estudios !

9 November, 2018 at 8:18 am

AnonymousDear Professor Tao,

Is it possible to contact you by email and ask you some questions about Maths?

Yours sincerely,

Vitalii Frolov

9 November, 2018 at 9:36 am

DiegoI don’t know what kind of questions you want to solve but… unless you have a very important doubt or something related with reasearch/academia/his books… it would be better to leave Professor Tao alone. We shouldn’t make him to lose his valuous time. That’s the best for Mathematics/Science and the Mankind.

2 July, 2019 at 7:46 am

AnonymousThe link for “Mathematicians: an outer view of the inner world” returns a 404 error: https://press.princeton.edu/titles/8860.html

[Link updated, thanks – T.]31 May, 2020 at 9:56 am

AnonymousDear Prof. Tao,

I wanted to thank you for the amazing books you have published. I have worked through many of them (Analyses, MT, Epsilons) very thoroughly, painfully solving each exercise – without these books I would have never learned to appreciate the true beauty of mathematics. Your exposition is brilliant and motivated, one cannot return to other manuscrpits after working with yours. I personally know professors who decided to switch to your books, and I have read dozen of positive feedbacks from mathematicians on social media regarding your unique way of presenting undergraduate and graduate level material.

I know how extremely limited your resources are. Nevertheless I will continue to hope that you will publish your other lecture notes (e.g. Linear Algebra) as books too someday. A lot of students are using these materials, and it would make a great impact.

Thank you!

31 May, 2020 at 10:06 am

AnonymousEsp. books in “classic” subjects are very helpful, since they are taught at almost any university in the world. Like linear algebra, undergraduate differential equations, probability, topology. Some of them already exist as online lecture notes on your blog (probability theory for instance), but having them as books would be just amazing for students.

But again, I understand completely that you do not have time to spend on writing books on these “trivial” topics.

12 September, 2020 at 1:22 am

AnonymousDear Terry,

considering the significant number of revisions made since the publication of the Analysis books in 2014, are you planning a fourth edition? I contacted the Hindustan Book Agency, and they told me that the publication of the fourth edition is dependent on you sending them the revisions.

I am asking since I plan to order a big number of copies, and I would rather order a revised version. Thanks a lot!

[I currently have no short-term plans for a fourth edition (mostly due to lack of time on my part), but may do so in the future, particularly if the list of errata stabilizes. -T]26 September, 2020 at 9:33 pm

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