How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method: 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  - bartosz_witkowski - Goodreads

On 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

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I 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

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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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