Random Walks of George Polyaby Gerald L. Alexanderson, George Polya
Pub. Date: 01/28/2000
Publisher: Mathematical Association of America
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.
Table of Contents1. Childhood; 2. Pólya's education; 3. Vienna, Göttingen and Paris; 4. Zurich; 5. Collaboration with Szegö?; 6. Oxford and Cambridge; 7. The United States - the first visit; 8. Swiss citizenship; 9. Stanford; 10. 1945; 11. Honors; 12. The later years; Appendix I: Pólya's work in probability K. L. Chung; Appendix II: Pólya's work in analysis R. P. Boas; Appendix III: Comments on number theory D. H. Lehmer; Appendix IV: Pólya's geometry D. Schattschneider; Appendix V: Pólya's enumeration theorem R. C. Reed; Appendix VI: Pólya's contributions in mathematical physics M. M. Schiffer; Appendix VII: Pólya and mathematical education A. H. Schoenfeld; Appendix VIII: Pólya's influence; Appendix IX Prizes awards and lecturships; Appendix X: 'On picture writing' G. Pólya; Appendix XI: 'On learning, teaching and learning teaching' G. Pólya; Appendix XII: Cast of Characters.
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