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eBook ISBN:  9780883859414 
Product Code:  NML/26.E 
List Price:  $50.00 
MAA Member Price:  $37.50 
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Book DetailsAnneli Lax New Mathematical LibraryVolume: 26; 1977; 234 pp
Mathematics, taught and learned appropriately, improves the mind and implants good habits of thought. This tenet underlies all of Professor Pólya's works on teaching and problemsolving. The distinctive feature of Mathematical Methods in Science is the stress on the history of certain elementary chapters of science; these can be a source of enjoyment and deeper understanding of mathematics even for beginners who have little, or perhaps no, knowledge of physics.

Table of Contents

Chapters

Chapter 1. From the History of Astronomy: Measurement and Successive Approximation

Chapter 2. From the History of Statics

Chapter 3. From the History of Dynamics

Chapter 4. Physical Reasoning in Mathematics

Chapter 5. Differential Equations and Their Use in Science


Reviews

The book is organized into four contentrich chapters separated by one singlepage chapter marking what Pólya terms the “tidal flow” between mathematics and physics. ... It is not an easy read—the reader has to do the mathematics along with Pólya—but his explanations are clear and his dry wit lightens the work along the way. Topics are arranged historically and one follows developments with a sense of a time traveler watching the concepts as they unfold. The volume will appeal to a broad audience. ... the close link between physics and mathematics makes this text a tool that can be used by teachers in either discipline.
Katherine SaffordRamus, MAA Reviews


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Mathematics, taught and learned appropriately, improves the mind and implants good habits of thought. This tenet underlies all of Professor Pólya's works on teaching and problemsolving. The distinctive feature of Mathematical Methods in Science is the stress on the history of certain elementary chapters of science; these can be a source of enjoyment and deeper understanding of mathematics even for beginners who have little, or perhaps no, knowledge of physics.

Chapters

Chapter 1. From the History of Astronomy: Measurement and Successive Approximation

Chapter 2. From the History of Statics

Chapter 3. From the History of Dynamics

Chapter 4. Physical Reasoning in Mathematics

Chapter 5. Differential Equations and Their Use in Science

The book is organized into four contentrich chapters separated by one singlepage chapter marking what Pólya terms the “tidal flow” between mathematics and physics. ... It is not an easy read—the reader has to do the mathematics along with Pólya—but his explanations are clear and his dry wit lightens the work along the way. Topics are arranged historically and one follows developments with a sense of a time traveler watching the concepts as they unfold. The volume will appeal to a broad audience. ... the close link between physics and mathematics makes this text a tool that can be used by teachers in either discipline.
Katherine SaffordRamus, MAA Reviews