I am a huge fan of Gian-Carlo Rota, who has been said to be the founding father of modern algebraic combinatorics. (He is also my. Indiscrete Thoughts gives a glimpse into a world that has seldom been described that of Gian-Carlo Rota has written the sort of book that few. Indiscrete thoughts. Front Cover. Gian-Carlo Rota. Birkhäuser, – Mathematics – pages Bibliographic information. QR code for Indiscrete thoughts.

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Alonzo Church lecturing at Princeton. In the foreword to the book, Reuben Hersh quotes Peter Lax with an apology for inaccuracy as saying “A lecture by Rota is like a double martini!

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The era covered by this book, towas surely one of the golden ages of science as well as the American university. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of The book is also unique in several ways; autobiographical in many ways, and written by an outstanding scientist; one with a rare talent for writing, for making observations about human nature, and for interpersonal skills. Rota is not afraid of controversy.

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Even when not explicitly acknowledged as such, beautiful definitions give themselves away by the success they meet. He gives clear and precise examples of mathematical work that is obviously one or the other, and then goes on to show how the two notions can, and do, naturally coexist.


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It is however impossible to find thokghts proofs of theorems that are not beautiful. A beautiful theorem may not be blessed with an equally beautiful proof; beautiful theorems with ugly proofs frequently occur. The book is funny. Looking for beautiful books? The Phenomenology is well outside my ken. Other books in this series.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Indiscrete Thoughts gives a glimpse into a world that has seldom been described – that of science and technology as seen through the eyes of a mathematician. Indiscrete Thoughts should become an instant classic and the subject of debate for decades to come.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Quotes from Indiscrete Thoughts. Rota paints his subjects with a mix of colors: Rota also warns mathematicians that if they don’t make the effort to make themselves more understood by the educated public much as cosmologists, for example, domathematics could have trouble in finding indidcrete funds.

Indiscrete Thoughts – Gian-Carlo Rota – Google Books

Get to Know Us. Readers are bound to find his observations amusing if not insightful. Alonzo Church was one of the saner among them, though in some ways his behavior must be classified as strange, even by mathematicians’ standards.

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I tried to make sense of it, but I’m failing on basic vocabulary. It is however probably impossible to find indiscrette of beautiful proofs of theorems that are not thought to be beautiful.

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Gian-Carlo Rota was born in Italy, where he went to school through the ninth grade. In the first he tells us about the life of famous mathematicians in a candid way: For example, he would not say, “It is raining.

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I personally am coming away with a clearer perspective on mathematics and what it actually is. It makes them human and accessible, something all heros should remember when meeting those who put them on pedestals. If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. The purpose of a phenomenology indiscrege to stimulate a synthesis. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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