The Random Walks of George Polya

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 27, 2000 - Mathematics - 303 pages
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George Pólya was one of the giants of classical analysis in the 20th century, and the influence of his work can be seen far beyond analysis, into number theory, geometry, probability and combinatorics. This book serves both as a biography of Pólya's life, and a review of his many mathematical achievements by experts from a wide range of different fields. Last but not least the book finishes with two essays by Pólya himself which focus on how to learn to solve problems, a subject with which he was fascinated throughout his life.
 

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I've been influenced by Sir. Polya's 'how to solve it'.And now,after glimpsing on some pages of this book that emphasizes on Sit. Polya's life in detail,I know that every giant is ordinary in dairy life but outstanding in brain.

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The only way I knew of Pólya before reading this book was having studied his Counting Theorem in Combinatorics. I'm not at all sorry that I decided to learn who he was. He worked on all sorts of ... Read full review

Contents

Polyas Education
15
Zurich
35
Collaboration with Szego
53
The United StatesThe First Visit
81
Stanford
101
The Later Years
137
Polyas Work in Probability
193
Comments on Number Theory
213
Polyas InfluenceReferences to His Work
237
Prizes Awards and Lectureships Honoring George Polya
245
On Picture Writing by George Polya
249
Generalization Specialization Analogy by George Polya
263
Heuristic Reasoning in the Theory of Numbers by George Polya
267
Probabilities in Proofreading by George Polya
277
Cast of CharactersA Glossary of Names
279
PhotographsAcknowledgements
295

Polyas Contributions in Mathematical Physics by M M Schiffer
227
George Polya and Mathematics Education by Alan H Schoenfeld
233

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About the author (2000)

Gerald L. Alexanderson is the Valeriote Professor of Science at Santa Clara University, California, where he has taught mathematics since developing an interest in problems under the guidance of George Polya and enthusiasm for analytic number theory from a course with Gabor Szego at Stanford. Long active in the Mathematical Association of America he has served as Secretary and as President, as well as Editor of Mathematics Magazine. He is author of many articles and reviews, and has co-authored or co-edited textbooks, problem collections, books of interviews, as well as biographies and books on history.

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