Terry Tao has just been awarded the inaugural Riemann prize, and as a result I discovered he had his first mathematics paper published at age 8, in a (now defunct) journal for school mathematics in my home state of South Australia. Since this rare item only appears available reproduced as an appendix in a scanned pdf of a 1984 article in an education journal, I thought I’d re-typeset it. So here it is:

Terence Tao, *Perfect numbers*, Trigon (School Mathematics Journal of the Mathematical Association of South Australia) **21** (3), Nov. 1983, p. 7–8. (pdf)

Note that this appeared 13 years before his earliest listed paper in Math Reviews/MathSciNet.

**Edit:** I made a GitHub repository for the paper, the LaTeX source, and the code (working, after minor edits) from it. I passed it on to Tao already.

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Thanks for that, what a nice little work (I think I’ll tell my kids about perfect numbers this evening)!

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Nice effort!

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I recommend M. A. (Ken) Clements, “Terence Tao,” Educational Studies in Mathematics 15: 213-238 (1984), JSTOR: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3482178 [http://math.fau.edu/yiu/Oldwebsites/MPS2010/TerenceTao1984.pdf].

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