How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method

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Princeton University Press, Oct 26, 2014 - Mathematics - 288 pages
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A perennial bestseller by eminent mathematician G. Polya, How to Solve It will show anyone in any field how to think straight. In lucid and appealing prose, Polya reveals how the mathematical method of demonstrating a proof or finding an unknown can be of help in attacking any problem that can be "reasoned" out—from building a bridge to winning a game of anagrams. Generations of readers have relished Polya's deft—indeed, brilliant—instructions on stripping away irrelevancies and going straight to the heart of the problem.

 

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User Review  - Razinha - LibraryThing

I'm not sure how I missed this all these years - might have come in handy 40 years ago. Excellent problem solving approaches. Filing away for reference in case someone needs it. I'm glad I saw a reference to it in The Organized Mind. Read full review

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Polya wrote this little book for teachers of elementary mathematics, but his clear thinking and writing make his explanation of problem solving useful in many fields. Even better is his explanation of ... Read full review

Contents

PART I IN THE CLASSROOM
1
PART II HOW TO SOLVE IT
33
PART III SHORT DICTIONARY OF HEURISTIC
37
PART IV PROBLEMS HINTS SOLUTIONS
233
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George Polya (1887–1985) was one of the most influential mathematicians of the twentieth century. His basic research contributions span complex analysis, mathematical physics, probability theory, geometry, and combinatorics. He was a teacher par excellence who maintained a strong interest in pedagogical matters throughout his long career. Even after his retirement from Stanford University in 1953, he continued to lead an active mathematical life. He taught his final course, on combinatorics, at the age of ninety. John H. Conway is professor emeritus of mathematics at Princeton University. He was awarded the London Mathematical Society's Polya Prize in 1987. Like Polya, he is interested in many branches of mathematics, and in particular, has invented a successor to Polya's notation for crystallographic groups.

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