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Comment author: GuySrinivasan 02 March 2010 05:54:37PM *  5 points [-]

An excerpt from the Amazon description of Plausible Reasoning: "This work might have been called "How to Become a Good Guesser"."

Polya's How to Solve It is a great little text he wrote for teachers and students of mathematics. Polya's Mathematics and Plausible Reasoning is even better. There's lots of great problem-solving techniques for non-mathematicians in there too. I recommend it to everyone, it's the best example I've ever seen of someone writing down their techniques.

Edit: cleared up the reference of the quote, it originally looked like I was quoting the article, sorry about that!

Comment author: RobinZ 02 March 2010 07:59:08PM 0 points [-]

Question: I don't see the quote you reply to in the original post - where did it come from?

Comment author: GuySrinivasan 02 March 2010 08:41:49PM 0 points [-]

It came from the Amazon description, actually. I've edited the comment to make that clear.

Comment author: RobinZ 02 March 2010 08:44:31PM *  0 points [-]

Thank you - I might have also moved it to the end of the comment, just to make it clear that it related to the material in the comment, not material in the post. (You were the one who brought up "Plausible Reasoning", after all!)

Comment author: roland 02 March 2010 09:02:55PM 0 points [-]

I agree! There is a lot of good stuff on the kad network and emule is a great client.