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Solving Mathematical Problems: A Personal Perspective Paperback – October 5, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0199205608 ISBN-10: 0199205604 Edition: New Ed

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; New Ed edition (October 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199205604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199205608
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There are a handful of really wonderful books that can introduce a young high-school student to the beauty of mathematics. This is definitely one of them. Besides,this book is probably going to be known as the first book written by one of the best mathematicians of the twenty-first century."-- The Mathematical Asociation of America


About the Author

Terence Tao was born in Adelaide, Australia, in 1975. In 1987, 1988, and 1989 he competed in the International Mathematical Olympiad for the Australian team, winning a bronze, silver, and gold medal respectively, and being the youngest competitor ever to win a gold medal at this event. Since 2000, Terence has been a full professor of mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles. He now lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Emmett B. Keeler on May 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
This charming book explains why math olympiad puzzles are fun, and gives 15 year old insights ( in two senses --- most of the text was written by the 15 year old Terence Tao, but revised with some additional good exercises 15 years later by 30 year old Fields medalist Terence Tao.) The style is chatty, and the advice and worked examples are very good and do not require any math beyond pre-calculus. The level of difficulty is just right for would be high school math competitors, and adults with some math who enjoy a mild challenge.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Seeker on April 18, 2013
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It's easy to set a very hard and complicated math question. But it's not so easy to set a hard question that appears simple and easy to understand but requires ingenuity to solve. That's why this book is delighting.
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23 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Mobius on January 30, 2007
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I came across this book after reading about Terence Tao, a recent Fields medalist. It's interesting to see a book like this by such an accomplished mathematician. The book gives practical approaches to solving the types of math problems encountered in math olympiad competitions. I am not, nor have I ever been, a math olympian, but I found the book to be entertaining and useful for intellectual fortification purposes.
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