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How to Solve It: A System of Thinking to Help You Solve Any Problem

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The definitive guide to mathematical problem solving, from one of the great teachers of the twentieth century

George Pólya's perennial bestseller has inspired generations around the world to think more clearly. Brilliantly showing how 'there is a grain of discovery in the solution of any problem', his strategies for mathematical problem-solving - from finding weak points to squeezing the data - will help get to the bottom of any puzzle.

'A superb book on how to think fresh thoughts ... A walk inside Pólya's mind as he builds up maxims on how to comprehend a problem, how to build up a strategy, and then how to test it' David Bodanis, Guardian

'Everyone should know the work of George Polya on how to solve problems' Marvin Minsky

'A classic ... It is the outcome of careful and informed deliberation by one of the great teachers among the ranks of research mathematicians' Ian Stewart, author of Does God Play Dice?

'Every prospective teacher should read it' E. T. Bell

Author: Polya George
Publisher: PENGUIN
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780140124996
Cover: Paperback
Edition Number: 1
Release Year: 2022

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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