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  George Pólya (1887-1985)
George Pólya was born in Budapest on 13 December 1887.
George’s father Jakab had been a solicitor with a great mind, but one who was prepared to pursue a case in which he believed with no fees.
In 1940 the Pólyas became increasingly concerned, with George’s Jewish background, of the possibility of a German invasion of Switzerland, and decided to leave for the United States.
www.amt.canberra.edu.au /polya.html   (1413 words)

  
 Polya   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Anna was from a family who had lived for many generations in Buda, and she had been nineteen years old in 1872 when the towns of Buda, Obuda, and Pest had administratively merged to become the city of Budapest.
In fact although George's parents were Jewish, he was baptized into the Roman Catholic Church shortly after his birth.
Perhaps given how much effort his father had put in trying to enter the academic profession, it is slightly surprising that George's mother should press him to follow his father's profession of law but this is exactly what she did.
www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk /~history/Mathematicians/Polya.html   (3100 words)

  
 Biography
George Pólya was born in Budapest on December 13, 1887.
George Pólya had a particularly direct impact on the teaching of mathematics in the schools and colleges of the western United States.
George Pólya died on September 7, 1985 at the age of 97 in Palo Alto.
www.sci.uidaho.edu /polya/biography.htm   (692 words)

  
 Computer Science Illuminated: Biographical_Sketches   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
George Polya was born in Budapest on December 13, 1887.
The George Polya Prize is given in his honor for notable application of combinatorial theory.
Yet, for all George Polya's contributions to mathematics, it is his contribution to mathematics education for which he was the most proud and for which he will be the most remembered.
csilluminated.jbpub.com /biographical_chapter.cfm?chapter=6   (545 words)

  
 George Pólya biography .ms   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
George Pólya (December 13, 1887 - September 7, 1985, in Hungarian Pólya György) was an American mathematician of Hungarian origin.
Russian physicist Zhores I. Alfyorov, (Nobel laureate in 2000) praised it, saying he was very pleased with Polya's famous book.
In Mathematics of Plausible Reasoning Volume I, Polya discusses inductive reasoning in mathematics, by which he means reasoning from particular cases to the general rule.
george-polya.biography.ms   (307 words)

  
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Although his main mathematical interest was in analysis, at the peak of his career he was contributing not only to real and complex analysis, but also to probability, combinatorics, occasionally to algebra and number theory, and to the theory of proportional representation and voting.
These include limit laws (Polya also named the central limit theorem), the continuity theorem for moments, stable distributions, the theory of contagion and exchangeable sequences of random variables, and the roots of random polynomials.
Polya's chief discovery was the enumeration of the isomers of a chemical compound, that is, the chemical compounds with different properties but the same numbers of each of their constituent elements.
www.nap.edu /nap-cgi/skimit.cgi?isbn=0309041988&chap=338-355   (443 words)

  
 The Goals of Mathematical Education by George Polya
At a time when university mathematicians are making important decisions about the school mathematics curriculum, perhaps it is appropriate to hear from Professor George Polya.
Polya (1887-1985) was a distinguished mathematician and professor at Stanford University who made important contributions to probability theory, number theory, the theory of functions, and the calculus of variations.
The essay that follows is a slightly edited, unpublished transcript of a videotape lecture that Professor Polya presented to my inservice and preservice mathematics education students in the late 1960s.
mathematicallysane.com /analysis/polya.asp   (2730 words)

  
 How to Solve It by George Polya
George Polya(1887-1985) is a famous mathematician, who get importance results in probability, analysis, number theory, geometry, combinatorics and mathematical physics.
For each stage George Polya supplied a series of questions that help to solve the problem.
BTW it was George Polya, who said "There are many questions which fools can ask that wise men cannot answer." (See H. Eves Return to Mathematical Circles, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1988).
www.softpanorama.org /Bookshelf/Classic/polya_htsi.shtml   (722 words)

  
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Correspondence with George Polya: The two letters by Polya (1887-1985) were written when he was 94.
The account of the formulation of the conjecture in the first letter is consistent with what Polya had told Dennis Hejhal in a personal conversation.
I have heard on several occasions that you and Hilbert had independently conjectured that the zeros of the Riemann zeta function correspond to the eigenvalues of a self-adjoint hermitian operator.
www.dtc.umn.edu /~odlyzko/polya   (983 words)

  
 Amazon.ca: Books: George Pólya: Collected Papers - Vol. 3   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
by George Pólya; Gian-Carlo Rota and Joseph Hersch (Author)Eds.
Many of the papers throughout these volumes have a strongly pedagogical flavor, but the papers in the third section of this volume focus squarely on the real business of how to do mathematics - how to formulate a problem and then create a solution.
George Pólya is professor emeritus at Stanford University.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/026216096X   (302 words)

  
 Problem Solving Island : Polya's How To Solve It
Polya designed the questions to be general enough that students could apply them to almost any problem.
This method is very similar to the method in Thinking Mathematically by John Mason, except Polya separates devising a plan, and carrying out the plan.
Polya suggests that students draw a picture if possible, or introduce some kind of notation to visualize the question.
www.math.grin.edu /~rebelsky/ProblemSolving/Essays/polya.html   (523 words)

  
 Amazon.ca: Books: The Random Walks of George Polya   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
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.
Even if you aren't in math, I think you are likely to be caught up in the drama of George Polya and the various lives, the times, and the events that he touched.
The second part is Polya's life of teaching and research in the US, at Stanford University.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/0883855283   (395 words)

  
 References for Polya   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
G L Alexanderson, The random walks of George Pólya (Washington, DC, 2000).
A H Schoenfeld, George Pólya and mathematicvs education, Bull.
I M Yaglom, George Pólya (on the 100th anniversary of his birth) (Russian), Mat.
www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk /history/References/Polya.html   (256 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Books: The Random Walks of George Polya (Spectrum)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
While George Polya is credited with coining the phrase "random walk", his journey through life was anything but random.
Polya's first papers were published in 1912 and his last in 1987.
One of those amazing Hungarian mathematical exports that graced the United States with their presence, George Polya was truly a credit to the professions of being a mathematician and a human.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0883855283?v=glance   (1108 words)

  
 Polya
George Polya was born (1887) and educated in Hungary.
He obtained a PhD in mathematics from Budapest and taught in Switzerland and at Brown, Smith and Stanford Universities in the United States.
Anyway, here is a summary taken from G. Polya, "How to Solve It", 2nd ed., Princeton University Press, 1957, ISBN 0-691-08097-6.
www.mathgym.com.au /htdocs/polyab.htm   (495 words)

  
 George Pólya Lecturers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
George Pólya, renowned teacher and writer, embodied the high quality of exposition that the MAA seeks to encourage.
To further this goal, the George Pólya Lectureship was created in 1991.
Each Section is entitled to a Pólya Lecture for a Section meeting approximately once every five years.
www.maa.org /Awards/polyalecturers.html   (84 words)

  
 Alibris: George Polya
In lucid and appealing prose, Polya reveals how the mathematical method of demonstrating a proof or finding an unknown can help solve any problem--from building a bridge to winning a game of anagrams.
From the reviews: "The work is one of the real classics of this century; it has had much influence on teaching, on research in several branches of hard analysis, particularly complex function theory, and it has been an essential indispensable source book for those seriously interested in mathematical problems.
George Polya: Collected Papers, Volume 1: Singularities of Analytic Functions
www.alibris.com /search/books/author/George_Polya   (471 words)

  
 The George Polya Memorial Award   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The George Polya Memorial Award may be conferred upon the teacher or teachers, K-12, who have been deemed as outstanding teachers of mathematics over a sustained period of time, have supported CMC activities, have been active participants in CMC, and have high visibility throughout the state of California.
Throughout California there are a number of truly outstanding teachers of mathematics—those teachers who stand head and shoulders above their colleagues and serve as an inspiring beacon to the experienced as well as the inexperienced teacher.
These are the teachers that CMC wishes to honor with the George Polya Memorial Award.
www.cmc-math.org /PolyaAward?print-friendly=true   (155 words)

  
 Epilogue   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
While there Pólya met Jean Pedersen and was fascinated by (a) the models in her office (some of which are described in [Rec]) and (b) by her lack of knowledge about their symmetry and their usefulness in exemplifying some of the mathematics of polyhedral geometry.
After this initial meeting Pedersen visited George and Stella Pólya at their Palo Alto home once a week until his death in 1985.
Thus we are very grateful to Denes Nagy for giving us such a splendid opportunity to fulfill our promise to our dear friend and teacher George Pólya, and to convey the flavor, and a few of the details, of our friendly relationship with him.
www.mi.sanu.ac.yu /vismath/hil/ped6.htm   (1016 words)

  
 Nominations for George Polya Prize   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS for GEORGE POLYA PRIZE The Polya Prize SIAM will present the award at the 1996 SIAM Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, July 22-26.
The award honors the memory of George Polya and will be given for a notable application of combinatorial theory.
Nominations A letter of nomination, including a description of the achievement(s), should be sent by July 1, 1995, to: Dr. Paul Seymour Chair, Polya Prize Selection Committee Bell Communications Research 435 South Street Morristown, NJ 07960 Supporting letters, or names of knowledgeable persons from whom such letters might be solicited, are also welcome.
www.csc.fi /math_topics/Mail/NANET95/msg00419.html   (148 words)

  
 The George Polya Prize   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Polya Prize, established in 1969, is awarded in 1994 for a notable application of combinatorial theory made during the five to ten years preceding the award.
The 1994 recipients are Harry Kesten, Cornell University, and Gregory Chudnovsky, Columbia University.
Chudnovsky's current fields of research interest include: computational number theory, high-performance computing and computing architecture, computer algebra, approximation methods, and inverse methods in mathematical physics.
www.siam.org /meetings/archives/an94/polya.htm   (541 words)

  
 Polya George - OneLook Dictionary Search   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
We found one dictionary with English definitions that includes the word Polya George:
Tip: Click on the first link on a line below to go directly to a page where "Polya George" is defined.
Polya George : FOLDOP - Free On Line Dictionary Of Philosophy [home, info]
www.onelook.com /cgi-bin/cgiwrap/bware/dofind.cgi?word=Polya+George   (75 words)

  
 Nominations for the George Polya Prize   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS for GEORGE POLYA PRIZE The Polya Prize SIAM will present the George Polya Prize at the 1998 SIAM Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada, July 13-17.
The award honors the memory of George Polya and will be given for a notable contribution in one of the following areas: approximation theory, complex analysis, number theory, orthogonal polynomials, probability theory, or mathematical discovery and learning.
Eligibility There are no restrictions except that the prize is broadly intended to recognize specific work.
www.csc.fi /math_topics/Mail/NANET97-3/msg00109.html   (105 words)

  
 Powell's Books - How To Solve It 2ND Edition a New Aspect of Math by George Polya
Mathematics and Plausible Reasoning, Volume 2: Patterns of Plausible Inference by Gyorgy Polya
In lucid and appealing prose, it shows how the mathematical method of demonstrating a proof or finding an unknown can be of help in attacking any problem that can be "reasoned" outfrom building a bridge to winning a game of anagrams.
Generations of readers have relished G. Polya's deft--indeed, brilliant--instructions on stripping away irrelevancies and going straight to the heart of the problem.
www.powells.com /cgi-bin/biblio?inkey=2-0691023565-9   (194 words)

  
 Publisher description for Library of Congress control number 99067969   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Publisher description for The random walks of George Polya / Gerald L. Alexanderson ; with essays by Ralph P. Boas, Jr.
Bibliographic record and links to related information available from the Library of Congress catalog
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Polya, George, 1887-1985, Mathematicians Hungary Biography
www.loc.gov /catdir/description/cam0210/99067969.html   (158 words)

  
 books
Mad Mazes by Robert Abbott (available from the author at his site)
From Polychords to Polya by Mike Kieth (available from the author at his site)
Computability and Logic by George Boolos and Richard Jeffrey ($27)
www.mathpuzzle.com /books.htm   (1430 words)

  
 Drwn News: How to Solve It, by George Polya   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Drwn News: How to Solve It, by George Polya
I owe you my notes on this book:
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www.drownout.com /blog/archives/000302.html   (110 words)

  
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0387002146 : Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology : Ware, George W. Interpolation and Approximation by Polynomials : Phillips, George M.; Phillips, G. Software Configuration Management System with Vesta : Heydon, Allan; Levin, Roy; Mann, Timothy; Yu, Yuan
0387008942 : Stochastic Approximation and Recursive Algorithms and Applications : Kushner, Harold J.; Yin, G. George
0387056726 : Problems and Theorems in Analysis : Polya, George
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