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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Don’t have a Kindle? 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 public funds. The book is funny. References to this book Helping People Help Themselves: 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”.

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Lukas Geyer rated it it was amazing May 13, The limpid statement of this theorem is indlscrete matched by the beauty of the five-line proof provided by Picard himself. Once, on Christmas day, I decided to go to the Fine Hall library which was imdiscrete open to look up something. Pages with related products. 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.


Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. The sense in which this proof fails to be inevitable, I say, is this: One possible alternative sense of the terms could be that “actual” means something like “straight to the conclusion,” whereas “logical” means that the result follows as a corollary of seemingly indiecrete considerations.

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Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. 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 asks how Thoughtx 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 indiscree the library.

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There are short biographies of mathematicians that Rota knew, some writings on Phenomenology that are well beyond my understanding, and musings on what Mathematics is and how its practitioners actually work.

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Aug 30, Joseph Carrabis rated it it was amazing. Rota is not afraid of controversy. An incredibly honest review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

Avinash rated it did not like it Aug 29, This can be done by taking “logical” to mean that the proof is designed on the assumption that the theorem is true. A beautiful theorem may not be blessed with an equally beautiful proof; beautiful theorems with ugly proofs frequently occur. I shall call this type of proof “noncognisable. If there’s anything a Mathematician likes to engage in it’s academic gossip, and Rota delivers. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be fhoughts. Essays on Mathematics, Science and Philosophy.


Senato Limited preview – This is a common point of debate among mathematicians, and Rota addresses it beautifully.

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. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. For example, classical Euclidean geometry 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.

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Such a change can be due to either a change in the definition of “beauty,” or a change in the definition thoughs “mathematician. David rated it it was amazing Jan 24, If you aren’t from math, you might say that it is an inside joke. I enjoyed it just for the account of Prof. Alonzo Church lecturing at Princeton.