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Are Your Lights On?: How to Figure Out What the Problem Really Is Paperback – March 1, 1990
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I give 3 stars for 2 reasons:
1) The problems in the book could be stated in a more realistic fashion, so that one would have a solid interest in giving it a try to solve on his own
2) Make main statements less ambiguous
I give one additional star for the fact that I haven't seen any other book of this kind.
George Polya wrote a wonderful book on problem-solving. His focus is on mathematics, but can be applied as a guide to any thought process. He also stresses the need to clearly understand the problem by asking yourself questions, like: "What is the unknown?, "What are the data?", "What is the condition?". He goes further into showing methods of finding a solution, devising a plan and drawing lessons from solved problems. This book also gives a chance to practice with easy mathematically, but nevertheless not standard puzzles in the end of the book.
6 star! (if it was possible)