Problem Solving-Across the Disciplines / Edition 1

Problem Solving-Across the Disciplines / Edition 1

by R. R. Kadesch
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Pearson Education


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Problem Solving-Across the Disciplines / Edition 1

The book assumes the premise that problem-solving is an important subject in its own right. By emphasizing problem-solving strategies, the book presents an efficient approach that reveals problem- solving strategies as effective tools. KEY TOPCIS: Problem Solving Across the Disciplines Presents problems related to 23 disciplines: Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Astronomy, Biology, Business, Communication, Engineering, English, Geology, History, International Politics, Law, Linguistics, Mathematics, Medicine, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Sports. Each chapter begins with four introductory example problems. These are usually followed by a background section and the solutions to those introductory problems. The book also includes an important chapter on the pioneering work of Georg Polya entitled "Plausible Reasoning." This material contrasts sharply with elementary deductive logic, a subject included in treatises on critical thinking, but which has very little application in the real world, while plausible reasoning can be found everywhere. A valuable reference book for almost any business professional, health care professional, or lawmaker who must find strategies for solving ethical problems or dilemmas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780136541875
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 11/12/1996
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 8.24(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

1. Getting Started in Problem Solving.
2. The Monty Hall and Other Probabilistic Problems.
3. Ben Franklin's Advice and Other Decision Strategies.
4. Prisoner's Dilemma and Other Games.
5. The Knight's Tour and Other Graphs.
6. Visual Thinking -- Symmetry and Patterns.
7. Plausible Reasoning.
8. Rational or Irrational.
9. Problems in Ethics.
10. Advanced Problem Solving Topics.
Appendix A: Selected Problem Solutions.
Appendix B: Solutions for Self Tests.
Appendix C: Problem Solving Commands.

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