The Legend of Question Six (IMO 1988)

Math Online Tom Circle

This question was submitted by West Germany to the IMO Committee, the examiners could not solve it in 6 hours.

In the IMO (1988) only 11 contestants solved it, one of them proved it elegantly. Terence Tao (Australia) only got 1 mark out of 7 in this question.

Solution:

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