Author Archives: Jean Joseph

How to Solve it (Part III)

In the tenth section, Polya starts illustrating how his questions and suggestions can be used. He uses the problem of finding the diagonal of a parallelepiped. In the section, he fully demonstrates how a dialogue needs to be taken place … Continue reading

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How to Solve it (II)

In the sixth section, Polya expounds more on the value of the questions and suggestions mentioned in the previous sections. He opens the section by mentioning that kind of thinking involved in solving a problem is rather nonlinear, where an … Continue reading

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How to Solve it (Part I)

I plan to discuss, summarize, or comment several sections of G. Polya’s How to Solve it: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method; I may do all of the above in one article because it seems to me that one tends … Continue reading

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A Poem

Here’s a poem by mathematician and astronomer Omar Khayyam: VIII Whether at Naishapur or Babylon, Whether the Cup with sweet or bitter run, The Wine of Life keeps oozing drop by drop, The Leaves of Life keep falling one by one. … Continue reading

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Do you appreciate mathematics?

I have attended some events devoted to “math appreciation”; those events tend to attract several people with different levels of knowledge of mathematics, and the topics covered tend to be broad enough to hopefully satisfy a large audience. I then … Continue reading

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