Random Walks of George Polya
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Random Walks of George Polya

by Gerald L. Alexanderson, George Polya
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0883855283

ISBN-13: 9780883855287

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.

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780883855287
Publisher:
Mathematical Association of America
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Series:
Spectrum Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

1. 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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