George Polya: The Inventor of Math

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George Polya the inventor of math
George Polya born in December 13, 1887 to Jewish parents, Anne Deutch and Jakab Polya .George immigrated to the United States in 1940 from Hungary, his birth place. His main works are known for problem solving. Wanting to continue the tradition, George pursued law school like his father, but became bored with its technicalities he had to memorize. He then switched to Biology, Latin, and Literature and at the end graduated with a degree. Once more, bored, he went back to school and studied math and physics and soon came to realize he loved math.

Tutoring the young son of a baron, Gregor, Polya got his first job. The young boy struggled with the lack of solving skills. Due to his tutoring experience, Polya then decided to come up with a method of problem solving that would help Gregor as well as others in the same situation. In that instant, Polya evolved a thought that problem solving was not an inborn quality but a taught trait.

Having other opportunities to teach, Polya taught in Zurich, Switzerland, and later became found of the daughter of Dr. Weber, Stella, whom he began to court and eventually married her. His wife and him moved to the United States because of the Nazism in Germany. Briefly he taught in Brown University, Stanford and quickly became recognized for his research and teachings of problem solving. In 1945, he published his book How to Solve It, which sold over one million copies and was translated into seventeen languages.

In a short resume of George Polya’s problem solving, there are four principles we must take into consideration: Understanding the problem, devising a plan, carrying out the plan and checking the result with the original problem.
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