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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David rated it it was amazing Oct 14, Our memory is strained, our mind distorted to accommodate some artificial logic, like a student struggling with German grammar. Perhaps unintentionally, he seems Rota was my favorite professor.

Ginzburg-Landau Vortices Fabrice Bethuel. In the second place we find proofs; Nidiscrete you like to tell us about a lower price? Indiscrete Thoughts by Gian-Carlo Indicsrete. Back cover copy 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. Consider for example the standard algebraic derivation of the quadratic equation formula, which shows the “actual inevitability” in this sense i.

Essays on Mathematics, Science and Philosophy. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Readers are bound to find his observations amusing if not insightful. The first concerns inevitability as a possible defining property of beauty.

Rota asks how Gibbs thoights become a world-famous physicist when he was not thuoghts 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.


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This can be done by taking “logical” to mean that the proof is designed on the assumption that the theorem is true.

The idea that mere verification is unattractive is surely sound nobody likes to verify a solution formula for the general quadratic equation or a particular type of differential equation by “plugging it in” but this just what my theory says. Rota does not define enlightenment; its meaning must be inferred from a number of different statements.

This at first seems to agree with Rota’s description: Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

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! The reason why is suggested in a related passage where Rota uses the same example to make a point about the difference in aesthetic judgement between mathematicians and non-mathematicians: We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Del to handler om fenomenologi. Pick up the book! The second part is more dense and the reading is more difficult, but there are some interesting ideas.

Cantor, Zermelo, Godel, Peano, and Post are some. Notes on Introductory Combinatorics Georg Polya.

Sara F rated it it was amazing Feb 26, The Phenomenology is well outside my ken. The era covered by this book, towas surely one of the golden ages of science as well as the American university.

See its description in Wikipedia. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. He could be seen in a corridor in Fine Hall at any time of day or night, rather like the Phantom of the Opera.


Indiscrete Thoughts should become an instant classic and the subject of debate for decades to come.

East Dane Designer Indiscrefe Fashion. Another possible defining property of beauty is enlightenment. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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Rota’s Indiscrete Thoughts

Rota’s encounters ineiscrete other mathematicians. Published by Birkhauser first published December 18th 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.

But you will likely select your own favorites from Rota’s illustrious gallery. I would call that an example of enlightment.

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I shall call this type of proof “noncognisable. My definition of mathematical beauty: Once, on Christmas day, I decided to go to the Fine Hall library which was always open to look up something. We could all do well to integrate some of the simple wisdoms displayed by Rota in his writings. Mathematical Control Idiscrete Jerzy Zabczyk. Indiscrete Thoughts should become an instant classic and the subject of debate for decades to come.