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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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For example, he would not say, “It is raining. Xing Shi rated it it was amazing Dec 08, Top Reviews Most recent Top Indiiscrete. It warns that almost nobody understands the distinctions Rota is making in these passages. Indiscrete Thoughts by Gian-Carlo Rota. Rota does not define enlightenment; its meaning must be inferred from a number of different statements.

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Lists with This Book. A few asides struck me as interesting. Which brings us back to the view that the interesting dichotomy is that in terms of cognisability, not that in terms of inevitability. After the publication of the essay “The Pernicious Influence of Mathematics upon Philosophy” reprinted six times in five languages thoughhs author was blacklisted idiscrete analytical philosophy circles. Cherished myths are debunked along the way as Gian-Carlo Rota takes pleasure in portraying, warts and all, some of the great scientific personalities of the period.

What will appeal immediately to anyone with an interest in research mathematics are the stories he tells about the practice of modern mathematics.


Readers are bound to find his observations amusing if not insightful. See all 11 reviews. Feb 15, Aneel rated it liked it. The finest presentations of today’s mathematics are h In the thoights 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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In particular, I found it invigorating to read an account that tackles some of the myths that mathematicians tell each other like the idea that proofs provide unassailable veracity, despite the fact that invalid proofs do trip people up and that some people do not follow valid arguments without degrading the subject falling back to some relative concept of “truth”.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Han krydrer med mange tanker om hva matematikk er, og hvordan matematikk ofte blir feilaktig framstilt i skole og media. Excerpts Beauty in mathematics It is not uncommon for a definition to seem beautiful, especially when it is new. Other books in this series.

He is also my mathematical grandfather-to-be. Looking for beautiful books? It is pages of Rota calling it like he sees it Shery rated it liked it May 13, Customers who bought this item also bought. The finest presentations of today’s mathematics are heard in the halls of the Institut Thlughts Poincare, where polite insultes are elegantly exchanged with jewels of mathematical definitiveness.

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It is a very good autobiography thojghts a mathematician for those who are inclined to these. My favorite bit of advice is from a particularly obtuse lecture he attended at MIT where at the end Professor Struik asked, “Give us something to take home! Another possibility is that the distinction between “logical” and “actual” is that between verification and discovery.


So something sharper is needed if we are to differentiate Rota’s claim from mine along these lines. The only thing that has changed is his professional affiliation.

Open Preview See a Problem? A beautiful theorem may not be blessed with an equally beautiful proof; beautiful theorems with ugly proofs frequently occur. I had one of the best rotaa of the year.

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Gian-Carlo Rota has written the sort of book that few mathematicians could write. Jovany Agathe rated it did not like it Feb 11, Crossing the Chasm, 3rd Edition: It’s brash and, at times, contradictory, but it’s intensely thought-provoking.

If you aren’t from math, you might say that it is an inside joke. What will appeal immediately to anyone with an interest in research mathematics are the stories he tells about the practice of modern mathematics.

It is pages of Rota calling it like he sees it This beautifully written book is destined to become an indisctete classic and the subject of debate for decades to come.