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- Common-Sense Questions (Learning and Mathematics) - G. Polya; Math Forum
In his 1957 book, How to solve it, Polya describes a four-stage approach to mathematical problem-solving. He bases his approach on common-sense questions that would naturally occur to an experienced problem-solver. Polya claims teachers should pose these questions to students in as natural and unobtrusive a way as possible, the goal being to encourage independence and internalization of this framework. A geometry.pre-college newsgroup discussion.
- Don Knuth's Home Page - Donald E. Knuth, Stanford University
From the author of The Art of Computer Programming. "Computer Musings" chronologically documents Knuth's informal lectures at Stanford. It also links to Musings Online, digitized versions of videos from the lecture series that included Dancing Links; The Joy of Asymptotics; Bubblesort at random (one-dimensional particle physics); Finding all spanning trees; Trees, Forests, and Polyominoes; and Mathematical Writing (1987). See, in particular, "The 'Aha' sessions," over 25 hours of graduate CS students tackling five previously unsolved programming problems in number theory, code-breaking (cryptagrams), high-speed chip testing, distributed control, and computer graphics (a self-portrait). "You could literally see the Aha taking place. People can watch the problem-solving process as it occurred." Frequently Asked Questions include "What's your favorite programming language?" and "Why do you pay $2.56 for every error found in your books?" and "Who will answer my questions about TeX?" Also, Knuth's recent news, preprints of recent papers, encapsulated PostScript graphics to download, and CWEB and other programs to download, featuring two demonstrations by different methods that exactly 2,432,932 knight's tours are unchanged by 180-degree rotation of the chessboard.