One of the giants of classical analysis in the 20th century, George Pólya had a temendous influence on the state of mathematics today. This book serves both as a biography of Pólya's life, and a review of his many mathematical achievements by experts from a wide range of different fields.
About the Author
Gerald L. Alexanderson is the Valeriote Professor of Science at Santa Clara University where he has been chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science since 1967. As a student at Stanford University he worked with George Polya and remained a friend of Polya and his wife for the next thirty or so years. Alexanderson has been President of the Mathematical Association of America and prior to that served for seven years as Secretary of the MAA. He has written numerous articles on mathematics and mathematicians and has coauthored or coedited a dozen books in the field. From 1986 to 1990 he served as editor of "Mathematics Magazine."