Here the author of How to Solve It explains how to become a "good guesser." Marked by G. Polya's simple, energetic prose and use of clever examples from a wide range of human activities, this two-volume work explores techniques of guessing, inductive reasoning, and reasoning by analogy, and the role they play in the most rigorous of deductive disciplines.
G. Polya (1887-1985) was Professor of Mathematics at Stanford University.
"Polya . . . does a masterful job of showing just how plausible reasoning is used in mathematics. . . . The material in both volumes is fresh and highly original; the presentation is stimulating, informal, and occasionally humorous; examples from science, legal reasoning, and daily life make the arguments clear even to a nonspecialist. Polya's book is a rare event. . . ."--Morris Kline, Scientific American
"Professor Polya's beautifully written hook has become a classic. . . ."---A. 0. L. Atkin, The Mathematical Gazette
"Professor Polya . . . is interested in problem solving and the psychological aspects of mathematical discovery. . . . [These books] should provide many entertaining hours for anyone who cares to pick up the challenge."--Carl Hammer, Journal of the Franklin Institute
"Professor Polya presents a forceful argument for the teaching of intelligent guessing as well as proving. . . . There are also very readable and enjoyable discussions of such concepts as the isoperimetric problem and 'chance, the ever-present rival of conjecture.' "--Bruce E. Meserve, The Mathematics Teacher
This book has been translated into:
- Chinese (Simplified)
Other Princeton books authored or coauthored by G. Polya: