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How to Solve It by George Pólya
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really liked it

A lovely collection of mathematical lore. Not highly applicable to my students, unfortunately. A few ideas translate, for example
- Know the purpose in each step of your problem-solving
- If you can't solve a problem, solve a different problem that is similar enough to help you
- Account for all the data
- Can you check the result?
- Can you derive it differently?

I also really enjoyed the section on proverbs (p. 221):
Who understands ill, answer ill.
A fool looks to the beginning, a wise man regards the end.
Diligence is the mother of good luck.
Cut your coat according to the cloth.
We soon believe what we desire.
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
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