Solving Mathematical Problems: A personal perspective

Terence Tao

Deakin University Press, Geelong, Vic.: 1992

Hardcover. 85 pages. ISBN 0-7300-1365-0

This first edition is unfortunately completely out of print (the entire press no longer exists). It discusses various Olympiad level problems and how one can go about trying to solve them. Details on the second edition can be found here.

Here is the cover picture for the first edition, which was taken when I was sixteen:

~~[~~*Update*, Jul 31: bad link fixed.]

[*Update*, Jan 24: fixed for real now, hopefully.]

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31 July, 2007 at 8:37 am

Anonymous404 on the link to the second edition.

24 January, 2008 at 2:02 pm

Anonymousstill 404

24 January, 2008 at 2:35 pm

Terence TaoThanks for the correction (which I hope is going to stick this time…)

13 June, 2015 at 3:40 pm

David SzantoDr. Tao,

I am reading chapter one of your book 2006 2nd edition, and there are typos in words and incorrect equations on page 7. The end solution of chapter one appears to be correct, however my math is average. I let the publisher know, I hope you do not mind, Professor! Thank you for writing a book accessible to my math abilities, and thanks for being so awesome.

6 November, 2008 at 4:17 am

AnonymousThe proof in solution of problem 5.2(*) is not complete.

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24 February, 2010 at 10:22 am

VIlyanurVery nice book.

Interesting problems.

16 March, 2010 at 10:58 am

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29 October, 2011 at 2:00 am

JeanjacquesVery nice book, the first I read on things like IMO problems, but with a real effort of the author to have the reader improved (and not just a collection of problems in a first part, and solutions falling from sky in the second part).

PS : problem 2.3 has a simple solution : we’re just looking at the integer a,b’s such that b/a+a/b is integer again, which is direct.

12 December, 2011 at 2:36 pm

KufihrTerence,

You mean you don’t even have a copy–your own original manuscript of the first edition– that you could scan and post??

Just curious,

Thanks

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29 September, 2016 at 8:53 am

AnonymousDear Prof. Tao,

How can we proof the following equality by induction?:

Thanks

7 October, 2019 at 1:29 pm

AnonymousThis identity represents the constant term in the Laurent series expansion of both sides of the identity