Pólya, George 18871985
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Works:  301 works in 1,545 publications in 15 languages and 22,315 library holdings 

Genres:  Portraits Biography History Bibliography 
Roles:  Author, Editor, Dedicatee, Correspondent 
Classifications:  QA43, 510.7 
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Most widely held works about
George Pólya
 The Pólya picture album : encounters of a mathematician by George Pólya( Book )
 The random walks of George Pólya by Gerald L Alexanderson( Book )
 Studies in mathematical analysis and related topics; essays in honor of George Pólya by George Pólya( Book )
 George Pólya : master of discovery 18871985 by Harold D Taylor( Book )
 Let us teach guessing a demonstration with George Polya by George Pólya( Visual )
 The heuristic of George Polya and its relation to artificial intelligence by Allen Newell( Book )
 Collected papers by George Pólya( Book )
 Enumeration in musical theory by Harald Fripertinger( Book )
 A simple improvement of a theorem of Pólya by Jinyi Cai( Book )
 On the solution of Moser's problem in four dimensions, and related issues : a collection of two papers, On the solution of Moser's problems in four dimensions, and, Independent permutations as related to a problem of Moser and a theorem of Pólya by Ashok K Chandra( Book )
 Papers of Bruno de Finetti by Bruno De Finetti( )
 Polya's enumeration formula by Christine Menges( )
 An analysis of the patterns of plausible inference proposed by George Polya by Milton Frank Pope( )
 Pólya student notes by Geoff Ball( Book )
 A survey of the applications of Pólya's enumeration theorem by Caroline Ida Deisher( Book )
 Schoenberg, I.J., papers by I. J Schoenberg( )
 George and Alexandra Forsythe papers by George E Forsythe( )
 The problem solving techniques of George Polya by Robert Irby( )
 Jacob David Tamarkin correspondence by J. D Tamarkin( )
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Most widely held works by
George Pólya
How to solve problems; elements of a theory of problems and problem solving by
George Pólya(
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190 editions published between 1945 and 2014 in 14 languages and held by 3,826 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Outlines a method of solving mathematical problems for teachers and students based upon the four steps of understanding the problem, devising a plan, carrying out the plan, and checking the results
190 editions published between 1945 and 2014 in 14 languages and held by 3,826 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Outlines a method of solving mathematical problems for teachers and students based upon the four steps of understanding the problem, devising a plan, carrying out the plan, and checking the results
Mathematics and plausible reasoning by
George Pólya(
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93 editions published between 1954 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Here the author of How to Solve It explains how to become a "good guesser." Marked by G. Polya's simple, energetic prose and use of clever examples from a wide range of human activities, this twovolume work explores techniques of guessing, inductive reasoning, and reasoning by analogy, and the role they play in the most rigorous of deductive disciplines."Book cover
93 editions published between 1954 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Here the author of How to Solve It explains how to become a "good guesser." Marked by G. Polya's simple, energetic prose and use of clever examples from a wide range of human activities, this twovolume work explores techniques of guessing, inductive reasoning, and reasoning by analogy, and the role they play in the most rigorous of deductive disciplines."Book cover
Mathematical discovery; on understanding, learning, and teaching problem solving by
George Pólya(
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69 editions published between 1962 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,935 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Patterns; The pattern of two loci; The cartesian pattern; Recursion; Superposition; Toward a general method; Problems; Widening the scope; Solutions; Appendix; Bibliography; Index
69 editions published between 1962 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,935 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Patterns; The pattern of two loci; The cartesian pattern; Recursion; Superposition; Toward a general method; Problems; Widening the scope; Solutions; Appendix; Bibliography; Index
Problems and theorems in analysis by
George Pólya(
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112 editions published between 1972 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 1,270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From the reviews: "... In the past, more of the leading mathematicians proposed and solved problems than today, and there were problem departments in many journals. Pólya and Szego must have combed all of the large problem literature from about 1850 to 1925 for their material, and their collection of the best in analysis is a heritage of lasting value. The work is unashamedly dated. With few exceptions, all of its material comes from before 1925. We can judge its vintage by a brief look at the author indices (combined). Let's start on the C's: Cantor, Carathéodory, Carleman, Carlson, Catalan, Cauchy, Cayley, Cesàro,... Or the L's: Lacour, Lagrange, Laguerre, Laisant, Lambert, Landau, Laplace, Lasker, Laurent, Lebesgue, Legendre,... Omission is also information: Carlitz, Erdös, Moser, etc."Bull.Americ.Math.Soc
112 editions published between 1972 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 1,270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From the reviews: "... In the past, more of the leading mathematicians proposed and solved problems than today, and there were problem departments in many journals. Pólya and Szego must have combed all of the large problem literature from about 1850 to 1925 for their material, and their collection of the best in analysis is a heritage of lasting value. The work is unashamedly dated. With few exceptions, all of its material comes from before 1925. We can judge its vintage by a brief look at the author indices (combined). Let's start on the C's: Cantor, Carathéodory, Carleman, Carlson, Catalan, Cauchy, Cayley, Cesàro,... Or the L's: Lacour, Lagrange, Laguerre, Laisant, Lambert, Landau, Laplace, Lasker, Laurent, Lebesgue, Legendre,... Omission is also information: Carlitz, Erdös, Moser, etc."Bull.Americ.Math.Soc
Aufgaben und Lehrsätze aus der Analysis by
George Pólya(
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148 editions published between 1925 and 1971 in 3 languages and held by 1,003 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
148 editions published between 1925 and 1971 in 3 languages and held by 1,003 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Inequalities by
G. H Hardy(
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89 editions published between 1934 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 994 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This classic of the mathematical literature forms a comprehensive study of the inequalities used throughout mathematics. First published in 1934, it presents clearly and exhaustively both the statement and proof of all the standard inequalities of analysis. The authors were well known for their powers of exposition and were able here to make the subject accessible to a wide audience of mathematicians
89 editions published between 1934 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 994 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This classic of the mathematical literature forms a comprehensive study of the inequalities used throughout mathematics. First published in 1934, it presents clearly and exhaustively both the statement and proof of all the standard inequalities of analysis. The authors were well known for their powers of exposition and were able here to make the subject accessible to a wide audience of mathematicians
Mathematical methods in science by
George Pólya(
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22 editions published between 1963 and 1998 in English and held by 986 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
22 editions published between 1963 and 1998 in English and held by 986 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Applied combinatorial mathematics by
Edwin F Beckenbach(
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18 editions published between 1964 and 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 895 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
18 editions published between 1964 and 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 895 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Complex variables by
George Pólya(
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18 editions published between 1974 and 1984 in English and Undetermined and held by 722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
18 editions published between 1974 and 1984 in English and Undetermined and held by 722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Notes on introductory combinatorics by
George Pólya(
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29 editions published between 1983 and 2010 in English and German and held by 682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Developed from the authors{u2019} introductory combinatorics course, this book focuses on a branch of mathematics which plays a crucial role in computer science. Combinatorial methods provide many analytical tools used for determining the expected performance of computer algorithms. Elementary subjects such as combinations and permutations, and mathematical tools such as generating functions and Pólya{u2019}s Theory of Counting, are covered, as are analyses of specific problems such as Ramsey Theory, matchings, and Hamiltonian and Eulerian paths. This introduction will provide students with a solid foundation in the subject.  "This is a delightful little paperback which presents a daybyday transcription of a course taught jointly by Pólya and Tarjan at Stanford University. Woods, the teaching assistant for the class, did a very good job of merging class notes into an interesting minitextbook; he also included the exercises, homework, and tests assigned in the class (a very helpful addition for other instructors in the field). The notes are very well illustrated throughout and Woods and the Birkhäuser publishers produced a very pleasant text. One can count on [Pólya and Tarjan] for new insights and a fresh outlook. Both instructors taught by presenting a succession of examples rather than by presenting a body of theory{u2026}[The book] is very well suited as supplementary material for any introductory class on combinatorics; as such, it is very highly recommended. Finally, for all of us who like the topic and delight in observing skilled professionals at work, this book is entertaining and, yes, instructive, reading." {u2014}Mathematical Reviews (Review of the original hardcover edition) "The mathematical community welcomes this book as a final contribution to honour the teacher G. Pólya." {u2014}Zentralblatt MATH (Review of the original hardcover edition)
29 editions published between 1983 and 2010 in English and German and held by 682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Developed from the authors{u2019} introductory combinatorics course, this book focuses on a branch of mathematics which plays a crucial role in computer science. Combinatorial methods provide many analytical tools used for determining the expected performance of computer algorithms. Elementary subjects such as combinations and permutations, and mathematical tools such as generating functions and Pólya{u2019}s Theory of Counting, are covered, as are analyses of specific problems such as Ramsey Theory, matchings, and Hamiltonian and Eulerian paths. This introduction will provide students with a solid foundation in the subject.  "This is a delightful little paperback which presents a daybyday transcription of a course taught jointly by Pólya and Tarjan at Stanford University. Woods, the teaching assistant for the class, did a very good job of merging class notes into an interesting minitextbook; he also included the exercises, homework, and tests assigned in the class (a very helpful addition for other instructors in the field). The notes are very well illustrated throughout and Woods and the Birkhäuser publishers produced a very pleasant text. One can count on [Pólya and Tarjan] for new insights and a fresh outlook. Both instructors taught by presenting a succession of examples rather than by presenting a body of theory{u2026}[The book] is very well suited as supplementary material for any introductory class on combinatorics; as such, it is very highly recommended. Finally, for all of us who like the topic and delight in observing skilled professionals at work, this book is entertaining and, yes, instructive, reading." {u2014}Mathematical Reviews (Review of the original hardcover edition) "The mathematical community welcomes this book as a final contribution to honour the teacher G. Pólya." {u2014}Zentralblatt MATH (Review of the original hardcover edition)
Isoperimetric inequalities in mathematical physics by
George Pólya(
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36 editions published between 1951 and 1966 in 4 languages and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
36 editions published between 1951 and 1966 in 4 languages and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Combinatorial enumeration of groups, graphs, and chemical compounds by
George Pólya(
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13 editions published between 1987 and 2012 in English and German and held by 525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In 1937 there appeared a paper that was to have a profound influence on the progress of combinatorial enumeration, both in its theoretical and applied aspects. Entitled Kombinatorische Anzahlbest immungen jUr Gruppen, Graphen und chemische Verbindungen, it was published in Acta Mathematica, Vol. 68, pp. 145 to 254. Its author, George Polya, was already a mathematician of considerable stature, wellknown for outstanding work in many branches of mathematics, particularly analysis. The paper in Question was unusual in that it depended almost entirely on a single theorem  the "Hauptsatz" of Section 4  a theorem which gave a method for solving a general type of enumera tion problem. On the face of it, this is not something that one would expect to run to over 100 pages. Yet the range of the applica tions of the theorem and of its ramifications was enormous, as Polya clearly showed. In the various sections of his paper he explored many applications to the enumeration of graphs, principally trees, and of chemical isomers, using his theorem to present a comprehen sive and unified treatment of problems which had previously been solved, if at all, only by ad hoc methods. In the final section he investigated the asymptotic properties of these enumerational results, bringing to bear his formidable insight as an analyst
13 editions published between 1987 and 2012 in English and German and held by 525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In 1937 there appeared a paper that was to have a profound influence on the progress of combinatorial enumeration, both in its theoretical and applied aspects. Entitled Kombinatorische Anzahlbest immungen jUr Gruppen, Graphen und chemische Verbindungen, it was published in Acta Mathematica, Vol. 68, pp. 145 to 254. Its author, George Polya, was already a mathematician of considerable stature, wellknown for outstanding work in many branches of mathematics, particularly analysis. The paper in Question was unusual in that it depended almost entirely on a single theorem  the "Hauptsatz" of Section 4  a theorem which gave a method for solving a general type of enumera tion problem. On the face of it, this is not something that one would expect to run to over 100 pages. Yet the range of the applica tions of the theorem and of its ramifications was enormous, as Polya clearly showed. In the various sections of his paper he explored many applications to the enumeration of graphs, principally trees, and of chemical isomers, using his theorem to present a comprehen sive and unified treatment of problems which had previously been solved, if at all, only by ad hoc methods. In the final section he investigated the asymptotic properties of these enumerational results, bringing to bear his formidable insight as an analyst
The Stanford mathematics problem book: with hints and solutions by
George Pólya(
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20 editions published between 1974 and 2013 in English and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This volume features a complete set of problems, hints, and solutions based on Stanford University's wellknown competitive examination in mathematics. It offers students at both high school and college levels an excellent mathematics workbook. Filled with rigorous problems, it assists students in developing and cultivating their logic and probability skills. 1974 edition
20 editions published between 1974 and 2013 in English and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This volume features a complete set of problems, hints, and solutions based on Stanford University's wellknown competitive examination in mathematics. It offers students at both high school and college levels an excellent mathematics workbook. Filled with rigorous problems, it assists students in developing and cultivating their logic and probability skills. 1974 edition
Vom Lösen mathematischer Aufgaben : Einsicht und Entdeckung, Lernen und Lehren by
George Pólya(
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32 editions published between 1966 and 2014 in German and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Zwar nur gelesenoder gehort abermit echtemInteresse und wirkIicher Einsicht verfolgt hat, kann zu einem Schema werden, zu einem Vor bild, das sich bei der Losung ahnlicher Aufgaben mit Vorteil nacho ahmen laBt. Teil 1 setzt sioh zum Ziel, den Leser mit einigen der artigen besonders niitzlichen Schemata bekanntzumachen. Es mag leicht sein, die LOsungeiner Aufgabe nachzuahmen, wenn man eineihr sehr ahnliche zu losenhat; eine solcheNachahmung wird sehwieriger oder kaum moglich sein, wenn keine sostarke AhnIichkeit vorliegt. Auch ist ein Verlangen nach etwas, was mehr ist als bloBe Nachahmung, tief verwurzelt in der menschlichen Natur: ein Ver langen nach einem Verfahren, das, von Einschrankungen frei, aile Probleme, aile Aufgaben im weitesten Sinn losen kann. Dieses Ver langen mag bei vielen Menschen dunkel bleiben, aber es tritt in ein paarMarchen  der Lesererinnertsiohvieileicht an die Geschichte von dem Zauberwort, das aile Tiiren offnet  und in den Schriften einiger Philosophen zutage. Descartes hat sioh intensiv mit der Idee einer universellen Methode zur Losung ailer Probleme befaBt, und Leibnitz hat die Idee einer vollkommenen Methode sehr klar formuliert. Aber die Suche nach einer universeilen vollkommenen Methode ist ebenso erfolglos geblieben wie die Suche nach dem Stein der Weisen, der niedrige Metaile in Gold verwandeln soilte; es gibt groBeTraume, die Traume bleiben mtissen. Dennoch iiben solche unerreichbaren Ideale ihren EinfluB aus: Es hat noch niemand den Polarstem erreicht, aber vielehaben siohnach ihm gerichtetund soden richtigenWeggefunden
32 editions published between 1966 and 2014 in German and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Zwar nur gelesenoder gehort abermit echtemInteresse und wirkIicher Einsicht verfolgt hat, kann zu einem Schema werden, zu einem Vor bild, das sich bei der Losung ahnlicher Aufgaben mit Vorteil nacho ahmen laBt. Teil 1 setzt sioh zum Ziel, den Leser mit einigen der artigen besonders niitzlichen Schemata bekanntzumachen. Es mag leicht sein, die LOsungeiner Aufgabe nachzuahmen, wenn man eineihr sehr ahnliche zu losenhat; eine solcheNachahmung wird sehwieriger oder kaum moglich sein, wenn keine sostarke AhnIichkeit vorliegt. Auch ist ein Verlangen nach etwas, was mehr ist als bloBe Nachahmung, tief verwurzelt in der menschlichen Natur: ein Ver langen nach einem Verfahren, das, von Einschrankungen frei, aile Probleme, aile Aufgaben im weitesten Sinn losen kann. Dieses Ver langen mag bei vielen Menschen dunkel bleiben, aber es tritt in ein paarMarchen  der Lesererinnertsiohvieileicht an die Geschichte von dem Zauberwort, das aile Tiiren offnet  und in den Schriften einiger Philosophen zutage. Descartes hat sioh intensiv mit der Idee einer universellen Methode zur Losung ailer Probleme befaBt, und Leibnitz hat die Idee einer vollkommenen Methode sehr klar formuliert. Aber die Suche nach einer universeilen vollkommenen Methode ist ebenso erfolglos geblieben wie die Suche nach dem Stein der Weisen, der niedrige Metaile in Gold verwandeln soilte; es gibt groBeTraume, die Traume bleiben mtissen. Dennoch iiben solche unerreichbaren Ideale ihren EinfluB aus: Es hat noch niemand den Polarstem erreicht, aber vielehaben siohnach ihm gerichtetund soden richtigenWeggefunden
Singularities of analytic functions by
George Pólya(
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3 editions published in 1974 in French and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
3 editions published in 1974 in French and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mathematische Werke von Adolf Hurwitz by
Adolf Hurwitz(
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4 editions published in 1962 in German and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
4 editions published in 1962 in German and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Studies in mathematical analysis and related topics; essays in honor of George Pólya by
George Pólya(
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8 editions published in 1962 in English and Italian and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
8 editions published in 1962 in English and Italian and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Let us teach guessing a demonstration with George Polya by
George Pólya(
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8 editions published between 1965 and 2005 in English and German and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Pólya leads an undergraduate class to discover the number of parts into which 3space is divided by five arbitrary planes. He identifies the steps involved in plausible reasoning, and points out that they constitute a program for attacking any mathematical or scientific problem
8 editions published between 1965 and 2005 in English and German and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Pólya leads an undergraduate class to discover the number of parts into which 3space is divided by five arbitrary planes. He identifies the steps involved in plausible reasoning, and points out that they constitute a program for attacking any mathematical or scientific problem
The Pólya picture album : encounters of a mathematician by
George Pólya(
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6 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
6 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Collected papers by
George Pólya(
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3 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
3 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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 Szegő, Gábor 18951985 Contributor Editor
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 Littlewood, John E. (John Edensor) 18851977 Editor
 Bowden, Leon Other Editor
 Woods, Donald R. 1954
 Tarjan, Robert E. (Robert Endre) 1948
 Beckenbach, Edwin F. Author Editor
 Alexanderson, Gerald L. Author Editor
 Latta, Gordon 1923
 Kilpatrick, Jeremy Editor
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