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I am looking for a book/site which has the english translation of the proof of van der Waerden's theorem as presented by van der Waerden himself. In other words is the translation of the paper:

van der Waerden, B. L. "Beweis einer Baudetschen Vermutung." Nieuw Arch. Wisk. 15, 212-216, 1927.

available anywhere?


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I do not know of a translation of the paper itself. (I have a pdf of the original, if you are interested.) But Van der Waerden wrote an expository paper in 1954, "Der Beweis der Vermutung von Baudet", where he explains his proof and the process of discovery. It has been published in English as "How the Proof of the Baudet’s Conjecture Was Found", and has been reprinted a few times, most recently as part of Chapter 33 (Ramsey Theory before Ramsey: Van der Waerden Tells the Story of Creation) of Soifer's "The mathematical coloring book". –  Andrés Caicedo Nov 19 '12 at 1:00
(I just saw your blog, by the way. It is nice.) –  Andrés Caicedo Nov 19 '12 at 1:03
Thanks for your comment. –  Shahab Nov 19 '12 at 1:05

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You can look van der Waerden up at:

but you only get 3 articles for free.

There's an article covering vdW's theorem at:

His paper is covered by Khinchin 'Three Pearls of Number Theory', which might contain an original translation:

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I have already seen Khinchin's book. The proof there is a modification of the original proof and is due to M. A. Lukomskaya. –  Shahab Sep 25 at 2:11
@Shahab; i searched for a good couple of hours and could'nt find anything else. zbMath got the closest to the original, and Google Translate could do the rest, but I don't have an account. –  Jon Mark Perry Sep 25 at 2:55

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