This is a page summarising some past and the current activities of the problem-solving group at School of Maths, Trinity College Dublin.
We strongly encourage students to attend. Problem-solving is the main business of mathematicians, problem-solving leads to innovation, and the great problem solvers are our heroes: Tartaglia, Newton, Euler, Abel, Galois, Hermite, Ramanujan, Einstein, Gödel, Cohen, Matiyasevich, Wiles, Perelman... but down here on earth, it should be possible to get a lot from the sessions if you simply attend, without taking the work home. Of course, some students will be interested in competitions, and that will require more commitment.
It is expected that the sessions will explore diverse approaches to problem-solving, with several staff members (currently there are five: Vladimir Dotsenko, Sergey Mozgovoy, Timothy Murphy, Colm O Dunlaing and Masha Vlasenko) taking different sessions, in rotation.
The sessions have three aims:
All information about problem-solving sessions will eventually appear on this webpage. To receive all the updates promptly, we recommend to join the mailing list, through this http URL. Any e-mail sent to the mailing list (by someone on the list) will be automatically sent to all people subscribed; please use this functionality wisely.
Meeting time/venue: Tuesday, 4pm, M4 in Museum Building
First meeting: October 1st. Run by Tim Murphy.here if you want to know what it is). Problem sheets from those are available here and here. We shall definitely continue with those this year. This is the protocol of the first battle, photo taken on the spot: this http URL.
Problem set 1