id: 05018197
dt: b
an: 2015b.00415
au: Pólya, G.
ti: How to solve it. A new aspect of mathematical method. Expanded version of
the 1988 edition, with a new foreword by John H. Conway.
so: Princeton Science Library. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press (ISBN
0-691-11966-X/pbk). xxviii, 253~p. (2004).
py: 2004
pu: Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press
la: EN
cc: D50 E50
ut: problem solving
ci: Zbl 0061.00616; Zbl 0644.01006
li:
ab: This is a reissue of Pólya’s classic 1945 text first reviewed by Hermann
Weyl in Mathematical Reviews 9 (1948), page 488, and finally mentioned
in [Zbl 0061.00616]. An excellent description of the significance of
the text is in John H. Conways introduction to this Expanded Princeton
Science Library Edition: “How to Solve It is a wonderful book! This I
realized when I first read right through it as a student many years
ago, but it has taken me a long time to realize just how wonderful it
is. Why is that? One part of the answer is that the book is unique. In
all my years as a student and teacher, I have never seen another that
lives up to George Polya’s title by teaching you how to go about
solving problems. {\it A. H. Schoenfeld} correctly described its
importance in his 1987 article “Pólya, problem solving, and
education” [Math. Mag. 60, 283‒291 (1987; Zbl 0644.01006)]. “For
mathematics education and the world of problem solving it marked a line
of demarcation between two eras, problem solving before and after
Polya.” “It is one of the most successful mathematics books ever
written, having sold over a million copies and been translated into
seventeen languages since it first appeared in 1945." John H. Conway
notwithstanding, this book needs no introduction. On the other hand,
Conway does provide a brief biography of Polya and history of the text
and Weyl’s review contains a detailed description of its contents.
rv: Steven C. Althoen (Holly)