How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method

4.17 avg rating
( 3,404 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780691023564: How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

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.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

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.

Review:

"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)

"In an age that all solutions should be provided with the least possible effort, this book brings a very important message: mathematics and problem solving in general needs a lot of practice and experience obtained by challenging creative thinking, and certainly not by copying predefined recipes provided by others. Let's hope this classic will remain a source of inspiration for several generations to come."---A. Bultheel, European Mathematical Society

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9784871878302: How To Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  4871878309 ISBN 13:  9784871878302
Publisher: Ishi Press, 2009
Softcover

9780140124996: How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method (Penguin Science)

Pengui..., 1990
Softcover

9788120318885: How to Solve it

Open U..., 1973
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

G. Polya
Published by Princeton University Press (1971)
ISBN 10: 0691023565 ISBN 13: 9780691023564
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Princeton University Press, 1971. Paperback. Condition: New. 2nd. Seller Inventory # DADAX0691023565

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 22.54
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

G. Polya
Published by Princeton University Press (1971)
ISBN 10: 0691023565 ISBN 13: 9780691023564
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Princeton University Press, 1971. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0691023565

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 24.48
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Polya, G.
Published by Princeton University Press (1971)
ISBN 10: 0691023565 ISBN 13: 9780691023564
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Princeton University Press, 1971. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110691023565

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 41.57
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Polya, G.
Published by Princeton University Press (1971)
ISBN 10: 0691023565 ISBN 13: 9780691023564
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Save With Sam
(North Miami, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Princeton University Press, 1971. Paperback. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB0691023565

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 43.91
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Polya, G.
Published by Princeton University Press
ISBN 10: 0691023565 ISBN 13: 9780691023564
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Princeton University Press. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0691023565 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW99.0333406

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 69.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

G. Polya
ISBN 10: 0691023565 ISBN 13: 9780691023564
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BennettBooksLtd
(San Diego, CA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STRM-0691023565

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 77.27
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

G. Polya
Published by Princeton University Press (1971)
ISBN 10: 0691023565 ISBN 13: 9780691023564
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books Express
(Portsmouth, NH, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Princeton University Press, 1971. Paperback. Condition: New. 2nd. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 0691023565n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 99.25
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds