In contrast, most contemporary theorists operate with demonstrative reasoning, and with the contrast sketched beautifully and crisply by George Polya
(1887-1985), often called the father of problem-solving in mathematics education, articulated a four step process for solving problems (see Figure 2).
Drawing upon the frameworks of problem solving theorists George Polya
and Alan Schoenfeld, we described some of the theory underlying word finding in so-called Boggle-like games.
It was first published by John Howard Redfield (18) in 1927 and independently rediscovered by George Polya
ten years later (17).
Hungarian mathematician George Polya
proved back in 1921 that anyone who gets lost can eventually get home by simply tossing a coin to decide which way to go next.
He was also named the 2001- 2003 George Polya
Lecturer by the Mathematical Association of America.
There is something to be said for the opinion of the mathematician George Polya
, that pure mathematics is the best place to appreciate probabilistic reasoning.
Those were exciting years, thanks to professors like Harold Johnston, Eric Hutchinson, and Frederick Koenig (chemistry), Michael Weissbluth and Felix Bloch (physics), and Harold Bacon, John Herriot, and George Polya
He was recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, the SIAM George Polya
Prize, and the ACM SIGACT-IEEE TCMFCS Donald E.
For those struggling with the problem, you could now introduce them to the well-known problem-solving technique recommended by George Polya