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How to Solve it: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method (Penguin Science) [Paperback]

George Polya
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26 April 1990 Penguin Science
A demontration of how the true mathematician learns to draw unexpected analogies, tackly problems from unusual angles and extract a little more onformaiton from the data; a collection of truly practical lessons.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (26 April 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140124993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140124996
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 12.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Every prospective teacher should read it. In particular, graduate students will find it invaluable. The traditional mathematics professor who reads a paper before one of the Mathematical Societies might also learn something from the book: 'He writes a, he says b, he means c; but it should be d.' "--E. T. Bell, Mathematical Monthly

"[This] elementary textbook on heuristic reasoning, shows anew how keen its author is on questions of method and the formulation of methodological principles. Exposition and illustrative material are of a disarmingly elementary character, but very carefully thought out and selected."--Herman Weyl, Mathematical Review

"I recommend it highly to any person who is seriously interested in finding out methods of solving problems, and who does not object to being entertained while he does it."--Scientific Monthly

"Any young person seeking a career in the sciences would do well to ponder this important contribution to the teacher's art."--A. C. Schaeffer, American Journal of Psychology

"Every mathematics student should experience and live this book"--Mathematics Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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George Polya (1887-1985) was a Professor of Mathematics at Stanford University.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The classic on HOW to approach maths problems 13 Jun 2001
If ever I get stuck trying to approach a novel problem, I dip into Polya. His heuristic method has much wider applicability than just mathematics.
Buy this book for any young person who shows an interest in mathematics. I feel it will contribute to their mathematical development
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful introduction to problem solving. 22 Mar 2000
I have had a love affair with Mathematics for over forty-five years. This little book was one of the first books to awaken that interest - my edition on my bookshelf is dated 1957!
George Polya had the reputation of a very great teacher and inspirer of students of mathematics as well as making original contributions of his own. I recommend it to any young person (or anyone)as an excellent introduction to mathematical thinking.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to solve it ? 3 Sep 2011
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I thought I would buy this book after seeing it reviewed on a Japanese mathmatics program on TV . I found the contents difficult to read not being a higher maths candidate myself. How ever after trying to digest the words of wisdom in the theory of solving problems I had to admit it is only suitable for those amongst us who have a higher maths certificae than myself.very much higher ! The authur G.Polya was an aclaimed world wide mathematician, so if you are in his league then the book is worth reading ..TR
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good 2 Jun 2013
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If you're looking for a book that gives you a framework with which you can begin to systematically approach problem solving, this is it. But in the end, its still over to you to put in the effort to try the method, work with it, absorb it and finally make it second nature. Well worth the effort though.
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