The Random Walks of George Polya (Spectrum)

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George Polya 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 Polya'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 Polya himself which focus on how to learn to solve problems, a subject with which he was fascinated throughout his life.

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One of the giants of classical analysis in the 20th century, George Pólya had a temendous influence on the state of mathematics today. 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.

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Gerald L. Alexanderson is the Valeriote Professor of Science at Santa Clara University where he has been chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science since 1967. As a student at Stanford University he worked with George Polya and remained a friend of Polya and his wife for the next thirty or so years. Alexanderson has been President of the Mathematical Association of America and prior to that served for seven years as Secretary of the MAA. He has written numerous articles on mathematics and mathematicians and has coauthored or coedited a dozen books in the field. From 1986 to 1990 he served as editor of "Mathematics Magazine."

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