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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
"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
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.
The issue is that solving problems is not made interesting and fulfilling experience.
This book beautifully explains the process of problem-solving. Read more
Polya prescribes different forms to approaching a problem through some guide questions that a solver should ask ("Is there a related problem"). Read morePublished on Dec 30 2003 by Leo Lim
There seems to be a cultish following for Polya's book, so I decided to pick it up even though I'm not a mathematician. Read morePublished on July 19 2003 by Amol Sarva
I got this book because I saw good reviews and heard that this was a classic...so I got it.
This is the first book that I ever encountered that teaches problem-solving. Read more
I found Pollya's "heuristic" approach to problem-solving applicable to both mathematical and non-mathematical problems. Read morePublished on Sept. 16 2001 by Phil
You know? I was looking for the book for 6 months. It's a very old book(Second Edition 1956). I guess no one in Bangladesh have the book. Read morePublished on June 24 2001 by Zahid Hossain
Critical thinking and problem solving are not stressed in any kind of modern education. Students tend to take a cookbook approach to problem solving and wonder how is it that some... Read morePublished on April 16 2001 by James E. Vancik
Yes, this is a classic. Yes, I refer back to it frequently and always find something new which informs my teaching. Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2000 by David E. Molnar