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The Art of Problem Posing is a great book. The authors provide a step by step method for learning about, and solving problems in, mathematics. The method is as follows:
Choose a starting point ie a problem or a concept in math
Define the attributes of a problem or concept
Ask what if not for each concept.
Ask Questions about the results of 0 - 2.
Analyze (solve) the problem
The authors use fairly accessible math in the process of explaining their techniques, including the Pythagorean Theorem and a few other concepts that most people will know.
I want to emphasize that this book is not just about problem posing; it also offers a technique for problem solving. The authors note that the two cannot really be completely separated.
More About the Author
Stephen F. Brown (April 4, 1841—September 8, 1903) was a Union Army officer in the American Civil War, and became famous for taking part in the Battle of Gettysburg armed only with a camp hatchet.
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