George Polya (1887-1985) Twenty Five Years On

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By Thomas O’Brien, St. Louis, MO

MORE THAN 40 YEARS AGO I had some extraordinary experiences at the hands of Professor George Polya (1887–1985), one of the most revered of writers on mathematical problem solving.

Three or so times a year I would go to his cottage on Dartmouth Street in Palo Alto to meet with him for a one-on-one seminar, almost always on the heuristics of problem solving.

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