Community Mathematics Centre, CoMaC
(2013)
In his own words: George Polya.
At Right Angles, 2 (1).
pp. 3034.
Abstract
George Pólya was a highly influential mathematician of
the 20th century. His research contributions span vast
areas of mathematics —complex analysis, mathematical
physics, probability theory, geometry, and combinatorics.
He was at the same time a teacher par excellence who
maintained a strong interest in matters of pedagogy right
through his long and richly productive career. Among
his widely read books are How To Solve It, Mathematical
Discovery, and Mathematics and Plausible Reasoning (two
volumes). He also wrote (with Gábor Szegö) the influential two volume series Problems and Theorems in Analysis. We give below a sampler of Pólya’s writings on
teaching. (In some cases we have taken the editorial
liberty to modify the sentences very lightly.)
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