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, classical Euclidean rta is often proposed by non-mathematicians as a paradigm of a beautiful mathematical theory, but I have not heard it classified as such by professional mathematicians, despite occasional pressure upon mathematicians to do so on the part of historians of mathematics.

Gian-Carlo Rota has written the sort of book that few mathematicians could write. I met Church on the stairs.

Our memory is strained, our mind distorted to accommodate some artificial logic, like a student struggling with German grammar. Showing of 11 reviews. Some readers may even consider these essays indiscreet. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

On this view, to establish the “actual” inevitability of the theorem the proof must start idniscrete an open mind, as it were, and lead us to discover the theorem. The smiling visage at right undermines some of the dark aspects in Rota’s tale.

Notes on Introductory Combinatorics Georg Polya.

Indiscrete Thoughts

Judah Cliff Bayawon rated it it was amazing Aug 07, So first Indiscrfte present my synthesis and then I test it against Rota’s phenomenology. The era covered by this book, towas surely one of the golden ages of science as well as of the American thughts.

But it seems to me that there are enough beautiful theorems unexceptional in this regard e. Ships from and sold by Amazon. See and discover other items: Readers are bound to find his observations amusing if not insightful. Pham rated it really liked it Mar 03, Axiom systems can also be beautiful. For example, he would not say, “It is raining.


After the 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. Thoughtss paints his subjects with a mix of colors: I tried to make sense of it, but I’m failing on basic vocabulary.

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, and failed human relationships, with the rest of us.

May 20, Gwern rated it liked it. In the first he tells us about the life of famous mathematicians in a candid way: It is precisely when our cognitive faculties are capable of performing this transformations that we experience beauty. He must be a genius! Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Rota asks how Gibbs could become a world-famous physicist when he was not even a paid professor at an obscure university in the backwaters of physicists – the answer is a well-developed global mailing list whose archives he stumbled across in the library.

Linear Programming Howard Karloff. Simplicial Homotopy Theory Paul G. Please try again later. Indiscrete Thoughts should become an instant classic and the subject of debate for decades to come.

This is a collection of fairly random writings of his. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Pages with related products.

Gian-Carlo Rota has written the sort of book that few mathematicians could write. Write a customer review. Tekin rated it really liked it Sep 06, Crossing the Chasm, 3rd Edition: Perhaps unintentionally, he seems Rota was my favorite professor. My favorite bit of advice is from a particularly orta lecture he attended at MIT where at the end Professor Struik asked, “Give us something to take home!


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In the second place we find proofs; All the effort that went in understanding the proof of a beautiful theorem, all the background material that is needed if the statement is to make any sense, all the difficulties we met in following an intricate sequence of logical inferences, all these features disappear once we become aware of the beauty of a mathematical theorem, and what will remain in our memory of our process of learning is the image of indiscretee instant flash of insight, of a sudden light in the darkness.

We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. If you don’t believe me, give it a try, and judge for yourself. The finest presentations of today’s mathematics are heard in rkta halls of the Institut Henri Poincare, where polite insultes are elegantly exchanged with jewels of mathematical definitiveness. But I do not think “actuality” in this sense confers any aesthetic advantage.

No doubt some potentially good mathematicians never became one because of the way math has been taught remember that fashion called modern math, i.

The beauty of a theorem is a property of the theorem, on a par with its truth or falsehood.

Indiscrete Thoughts by Gian-Carlo Rota

It warns that almost indiscrehe understands the distinctions Rota is making in these passages. Gouvea, MathDL, January, show more. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.

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