Ok, this may be a ridiculous question and if so, you guys will shut it down. But I didn't know where else to ask it-it certainly doesn't belong on Math Overflow. Does anyone know if anyone ever succeeded in writing a complete solutions manual to the VERY difficult problems in G.H. Hardy's PURE MATHEMATICS?

If it's never been done, it would make a fantastic addition to my publishing company. But if one exists already, I'd hate to invest the time and effort.

Anyone know? Particularly the analysts from the UK.........?

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    $\begingroup$ Have you figured out which editions are out of copyright under which countries' laws? This would be a derived work under US law, so I don't think you can do, e.g., a solutions manual for the 1952 edition legally under US law. $\endgroup$ – Ben Crowell Oct 15 '18 at 2:43
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    $\begingroup$ it would make a fantastic addition to my publishing company --- I suspect you would need to find someone independently wealthy with a HUGE amount of time on their hands to carry this out, because a publishable job on something like this would probably take at least a couple of years, and there are still probably going to be many problems for which a person working on this will not be able to come up with an intended solution, at least not someone who would be willing to ditch 2 years of research productivity (and likely skimping of teaching duties) for such a project. $\endgroup$ – Dave L Renfro Oct 15 '18 at 8:14
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    $\begingroup$ @DaveLRenfro: Sounds like the practicable way of doing this project would be to crowdsource it, but the only way that would attract participation would be if the resulting work was available under some kind of open-source license. Then it would be a fun "barn-raising" project for people to participate in without pay, in their spare time (same dynamic as Wikipedia in its early days). I don't know whether that's compatible with the commercial motivation suggested by the OP's reference to "my publishing company." Open source can be profitable, but the business has to have the right orientation. $\endgroup$ – Ben Crowell Oct 15 '18 at 21:14
  • $\begingroup$ Sigh. Can't win. But I think it still be worth doing as a project for the mathematical community at large, so the book can become more useable by many modern students. The exercises usually discourage many students that pick it up. $\endgroup$ – The Mathemagician Oct 16 '18 at 6:51
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    $\begingroup$ You know, I've been hearing this argument since I was a beginning undergrad in math-I didn't believe it then and I still don't believe it. The reasons I don't believe it is a) Adults are supposed to realize you don't learn anything by just looking up solutions to questions. b) The solutions are supposed to be there for when you've exhausted all available time and effort trying and you've come up against a deadline. c) It's not enough to know you got the answer wrong, it's important to know WHY it's wrong and for beginners, they need a full solution for that. $\endgroup$ – The Mathemagician Oct 17 '18 at 3:41

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