The Random Walks of George Polya

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Cambridge University Press, 2000 M04 27 - 303 pages
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George Pólya 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 Pólya'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 Pólya himself which focus on how to learn to solve problems, a subject with which he was fascinated throughout his life.
 

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I've been influenced by Sir. Polya's 'how to solve it'.And now,after glimpsing on some pages of this book that emphasizes on Sit. Polya's life in detail,I know that every giant is ordinary in dairy life but outstanding in brain.

Contents

Prologue
1
Pólyas Education
15
Vienna Göttingen and Paris
25
Zürich
35
Collaboration with Szegő
53
Oxford and Cambridge
63
The United States The First Visit
81
Swiss Citizenship
87
Pólyas Enumeration Theorem
223
Pólyas Contributions in Mathematical Physics by M M Schiffer
227
George Pólya and Mathematics Education by Alan H Schoenfeld
233
Pólyas Influence References to His Work
237
Prizes Awards and Lectureships Honoring George Pólya
245
On Picture Writing by George Pólya
249
Generalization Specialization Analogy by George Pólya
261
Heuristic Reasoning in the Theory of Numbers by George Pólya
265

Stanford
101
The Later Years
137
Pólyas Bibliography
171
Pólyas Work in Probability
193
Pólyas Work in Analysis
201
Comments on Number Theory
213
Probabilities in Proofreading by George Pólya
277
Cast of CharactersA Glossary of Names
279
PhotographsAcknowledgements
295
Index
297
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