First held in 1959, the International Mathematical Olympiad, or IMO, is the premier international competition for talented high school mathematics students. Students from all over the world participate. For many of them, the experience is the gateway to a mathematical career.
This book collects statements and solutions of all of the problems ever set in the IMO, together with many of the problems proposed for the contest. Apart from its obvious historical and archival value, it serves as a vast repository of problems at the Olympiad level, useful both to students who want to prepare for the competition and to faculty looking for hard elementary problems. No library will want to be without a copy, nor will anyone involved in mathematics competitions at this level.
Fernando Q. Gouvêa is professor of mathematics at Colby College in Waterville, ME.