How to Solve it: A New Aspect of Mathematical MethodGeorge Polya was a Hungarian mathematician. He wrote this, perhaps the most famous book of mathematics ever written, second only to Euclid's "Elements." "Solving problems," wrote Polya, "is a practical art, like swimming, or skiing, or playing the piano: You can learn it only by imitation and practice. This book cannot offer you a magic key that opens all the doors and solves all the problems, but it offers you good examples for imitation and many opportunities for practice: If you wish to learn swimming you have to go into the water and if you wish to become a problem solver you have to solve problems." The method of solving problems he provides and explains in his books was developed as a way to teach mathematics to students. 
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Review: How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method
User Review  bartosz_witkowski  GoodreadsOn the surface How to Solve It by George Pólya is a short little book about strategies of solving mathematical problems. Deep down, however, it is not a book about mathematics, but it's a book devoted ... Read full review
Review: How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method
User Review  Jaseem  GoodreadsI could not do justice to the book. This book, at least I think is intended for a serious mathematics student, which I'm not one. Although very small, it's not a book that you can read in a few hours ... Read full review