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The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules About this book 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. The era covered by this book, to , was surely one of the golden ages of science as well as of the American university. 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 —Stanislav Ulam who, together with Edward Teller, signed the patent application for the hydrogen bomb , Solomon Lefschetz Chairman in the s of the Princeton mathematics department , William Feller one of the founders of modern probability theory , Jack Schwartz one of the founders of computer science , and many others. Rota is not afraid of controversy. Some readers may even consider these essays indiscreet. 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.

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The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules About this book 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. The era covered by this book, to , was surely one of the golden ages of science as well as of the American university. 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 —Stanislav Ulam who, together with Edward Teller, signed the patent application for the hydrogen bomb , Solomon Lefschetz Chairman in the s of the Princeton mathematics department , William Feller one of the founders of modern probability theory , Jack Schwartz one of the founders of computer science , and many others.

Rota is not afraid of controversy. Some readers may even consider these essays indiscreet. 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. Indiscrete Thoughts should become an instant classic and the subject of debate for decades to come. It is pages of Rota calling it like he sees it Readers are bound to find his observations amusing if not insightful.

Gian-Carlo Rota has written the sort of book that few mathematicians could write. What will appeal immediately to anyone with an interest in research mathematics are the stories he tells about the practice of modern mathematics. It has aged very well, and richly deserves its inclusion in this series.

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Indiscrete Thoughts

Shelves: great Five stars for hilarity and earnestness. Sandwiched in between are his recollections of the delectably lax collegial atmosphere of Yale during his years of study, his incisive conclusions about the personalities of his peers, and his verdicts brought to bear on the different philosophical schools that speculate Five stars for hilarity and earnestness. Sandwiched in between are his recollections of the delectably lax collegial atmosphere of Yale during his years of study, his incisive conclusions about the personalities of his peers, and his verdicts brought to bear on the different philosophical schools that speculate about the nature of mathematics. This book is very quotable.

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About this book Introduction 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. The era covered by this book, to , was surely one of the golden ages of science as well as of the American university. 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 —Stanislav Ulam who, together with Edward Teller, signed the patent application for the hydrogen bomb , Solomon Lefschetz Chairman in the s of the Princeton mathematics department , William Feller one of the founders of modern probability theory , Jack Schwartz one of the founders of computer science , and many others. Rota is not afraid of controversy. Some readers may even consider these essays indiscreet.

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