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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Mathematical beauty and mathematical truth are not to be distinguished by labeling the first as a subjective phenomenon and the second as an objective phenomenon. It is pages of Rota calling it like he sees it Such a change can be due to either a change in the definition of “beauty,” or a change in the definition of “mathematician. What is charming and amusing is to observe thru the eyes of the then young and impressionable undergraduate student Gian-Carlo Rota, that the famous scientists shared personal weaknesses, tgoughts failed human relationships, with the rest of us.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Gilbert Ryle has criticized philosophers for testing their theories of language with examples which are never used in ordinary speech. It reads like a novel; he motivates everything with ghoughts examples regarding mathematicians that he has known or familiar mathematical theorems and proofs.

And I think you will not be disappointed; even if you might initially have misgivings.


He presents some incites in later chapters about his career and his research. Some common classes of such ideas are: Customers who viewed this item also viewed. After tgoughts publication of the essay “The Pernicious Influence of Mathematics upon Philosophy” reprinted six times in five languages the author was blacklisted in analytical philosophy circles.

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. This beautifully written book is destined to become an instant classic and the subject of debate for decades to come.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Since we would never have thought of considering such a function if we did not know the theorem, the proof is undoubtedly closer to verification than discovery.

Indiscrete Thoughts by Gian-Carlo Rota

Avinash rated it did not like it Aug 29, The era covered by this book, towas surely one of the golden ages of science as well as of the American university. Both the truth of a theorem and its beauty are equally objective qualities, equally observable characteristics of a piece of mathematics which are equally shared and agreed upon by the community of mathematicians. Linear Algebraic Groups Tonny A. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x Once, however, he offers a possibly different characterisation of enlightenment: If you aren’t from math, you might say that it is an inside joke.

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But I do not think that this is a credible aesthetic criterion. Rota is not afraid of controversy. Take, for example, the ergodic theorem. From the World Bank to roota Alternative I personally am coming away with a clearer perspective on mathematics and what it actually is. I may have that more or less wrong.


See its description in Wikipedia. He leaves us with not a few bits of wisdo If there’s anything a Mathematician likes to engage in it’s academic gossip, and Rota delivers.

He is also my mathematical grandfather-to-be. He never made casual remarks: Even when not explicitly acknowledged as such, beautiful definitions give themselves away by the success they meet.

Han krydrer med mange tanker om hva matematikk er, og hvordan matematikk ofte blir feilaktig framstilt i skole og media.

Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Every thoyghts you hear or read a new trick or a new result, test it against each of your twelve problems to see whether it helps. If you don’t believe me, give it a try, and judge for yourself. Perhaps unintentionally, he seems Rota was my favorite professor.

His version of phenomenology was presented clearly and is worth dwelling upon. Showing of 11 reviews. Differentiable Manifolds Lawrence Conlon. Alonzo Church was one of the saner among them, though in some ways his behavior must be classified as strange, even by mathematicians’ standards. Undiscrete readers may even consider these essays indiscreet. Pham rated it really liked it Mar 03,