Salamatov's TRIZ Textbook Errata
Errata and Q&A on Salamatov's TRIZ Textbook (English Edition): "TRIZ: The Right Solution at the Right Time"
Valeri Souchkov (Insytec, The Netherlands),
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University), 
Mar. - Oct., 2000
 Compiled and posted here on Nov. 22, 2000

Editor's Note (Toru Nakagawa, Nov. 22, 2000)

As introduced in the parent page, Salamatov's TRIZ Textbook has just been published in Japanese by translating from the English Edition.  During this translation work, Errata of and Questions & Answers on the English Edition were compiled and documented.  Since these documents should be useful for many readers of this well-adopted textbook of TRIZ, they are posted here in collaboration of Insytec and the Japanese translation team.

English Edition:
      Title:  "TRIZ: The Right Solution at the Right Time"
      Author:  Yuri Salamatov
      Editor:   Valeri Souchkov
      Translators (from Russian):  Maria Strogaia and Sergei Yakovlev
      Publisher:     Insytec B.V., The Netherlands
      Year:   1999

Japanese Edition:
      Series:    "Cho-Hatsumei Jutsu TRIZ Series"  (i.e. "Super Invention Technique TRIZ Series"), Vol. 5
      Title:  "Shisou-Hen: Souzou-teki Mondai Kaiketsu-no Gokui"  (i.e.,  "TRIZ Philosophy: The Heart of Creative Problem Solving")
      Author:  Yuri Salamatov
      Supervising translator:  Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.)
      Translators:  Masatoshi Hotta, Yuji Shindo, Yoshihisa Konishi, Hideyuki Okabe, Yoshiki Shimizu, Nobuyuki Togashi, and Yasuhiro Okubo (Mitsubishi Research Institute)
      Publisher:  Nikkei BP, Tokyo
      Date:   November 17, 2000

Documents of Errata and Q&A on the English Edition are posted here:
(1)  Errata compiled by Valeri Souchkov and provided for the Japanese Edition on Mar. 16, 2000.
(2)  Errata pointed out by Toru Nakagawa on July 7, 2000.
(3)  Questions and Comments compiled by Toru Nakagawa in July - September, 2000
               and Answers to them written by Valeri Souchkov in August - October, 2000.
For readers' easier reference, these three documents are grouped into chapters and posted here chapter by chapter.  Click below to read them:
Chapters 1 and 2  (pp. 3 - 30)
Chapter 3               (pp. 31-67)
Chapter 4               (pp. 68-89)
Chapter 5               (pp. 90-118)
Chapter 6               (pp. 119- 140)
Chapter 7               (pp. 141-167)
Chapter 8               (pp. 168- 189)
Chapters 9 and 10 (pp. 190- 209)
Appendix A.           (pp. 210-219)    (Solution to Problems)
Appendices B, C, D, E  (pp. 220-253)
Chap. 1-2 Chap. 3 Chap. 4 Chap. 5 Chap. 6 Chap. 7 Chap. 8 Chap. 9-10 App. A App. B-E

Here are descriptions how to read the tables of these three documents, illustrated with a small number of examples.

(1)  Errata compiled by Souchkov:

These Errata were compiled by Valeri Souchkov for a future revised edition and provided on Mar. 16, 2000 for the work of the Japanese Edition.  More than 120 items are listed in the tabular form as illustrated below.  In addition, Souchkov has inserted a few tens of examples to illustrate Inventive Standards in Appendix (B), though they are not posted here.

In the "has to be" column, the corrected words/phrases are highlighted in blue color.  Souchkov's comments (i.e. not intended to be the texts) are marked with red color.

Page is has to be
6 ...amounting to $200,000. By that time, more than 60 people were employed ...amounting to $200,000. By that time, more than 60.000 people were employed
35 UK Patent 1 477 784 UK Patent 1447784
81 At this point, man only performed the controlling function... At this point, man only performed the function of the control unit.

(2)  Errata pointed out by Nakagawa

These Errata were compiled by Toru Nakagawa in collaboration with the members of Mitsubishi Research Institute and sent to Souchkov on July 7, 2000.  More than 180 items are pointed out (without repeating Souchkov's Errata); almost all of them are minor and trivial ones.  Souchkov pproved them as a whole, without answering to individual items.

Locations are specified with the page numbers and the line numbers (either from the top (t) or from the bottom (b), counting a figure as a line if necessary).  [Page numbers for the Appendix B refer to Souchkov's new version (though not published yet).]   Items are classified roughly as:  E: Error (simple mistype and trivial error), Q: Question (questions on meaning of words/phrases and on the intention of the author, etc.), C: Comments (comments from  a different view, etc.), S: Suggestion (suggestions for revising/improving the text).  In the columns "is" and "Has to be", our comments (including questions, comments, suggestions, explanations, etc.) are described in [  ], for clarifying them not meant for the texts.

P L E/Q/C is Has to be [or Questions/Suggestions]
11 t15 E In 1973 A. N. Lodygin In 1873 A. N. Lodygin
26 t14 E the World War II the World War I
30 whole page [no enclosure] [Enclose the whole page.]

(3)  Questions and Comments by Nakagawa and Answers by Souchkov

These Questions and Comments were compiled by Toru Nakagawa in Collaboration with the members of MRI and sent ot Souchkov chapter by chapter from July 29 to September 15, 2000.  Answers to these Questions and Comments were written by Souchkov for all the items and sent back to Nakagawa from

P L E/Q/C is Has to be (or Questions/Suggestions) Answer
12 b6-5 Q to find a simple way to control the condition of the working instrument. to find a simple way to monitor the condition of the working instrument. [Does this make the problem too small?] In TRIZ, the word "control" has a broad meaning, and indicates that we should make something controllable. I would recommend to use the original wording.
14 t9 Q giving this section of the road a waved profile. [Do you mean a zigzag flat road, or a bumping road? 
An MRI researcher translated it in the latter sense.]
zigzag flat road
28 t15-16 E/S Getting into alternating magnetic field, pellets, as ferromagnetics, lost their magnetic properties and stopped heating. Getting into alternating magnetic field, pellets, as ferromagnetics, get heated; but when the temperature exceeds the Curie point the pellets get lost their magnetic properties and stopped heating. ok

Chap. 1-2 Chap. 3 Chap. 4 Chap. 5 Chap. 6 Chap. 7 Chap. 8 Chap. 9-10 App. A App. B-E
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