Autor: Gian-Carlo Rota
ISBN-13: 9780817647803
Einband: Taschenbuch
Seiten: 280
Gewicht: 446 g
Format: 237x156x16 mm
Sprache: Englisch

Indiscrete Thoughts

Modern Birkhauser Classics
 Taschenbuch
36,03 €*
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, 1950 to 1990, was surely one of the golden ages of science and 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. Rota is not afraid of controversy. Some readers may even consider these essays indiscreet. This beautifully written book is destined to become an instant classic and the subject of debate for decades to come.
Foreward by Reuben Hersh.- Foreward by Robert Sokolowski.- Introduction by Gian-Carlo Rota.- Fine Hall in its Golden Age Remembrances of Princeton in the Early Fifties.- Light Shadows Yale in the Early Fifties.- Combinatorics, Representation Theory and Invariant Theory The Story of a Ménage à Trois.- The Barrier of Meaning.- Stan Ulam.- The Lost Café.- The Pernicious Influence of Mathematics Upon Philosophy.- Philosophy and Computer Science.- The Phenomenology of Mathematical Truth.- The Phenomenology of Mathematical Beauty.- The Phenomenology of Mathematical Proof.- Syntax, Semantics, and the Problem of the Identity of Mathematical Items.- The Barber of Seville or the Useless Precaution.- Kant and Husserl.- Fundierung as a Logical Concept.- The Primacy of Identity.- Three Senses of 'A is B' in Heidegger.- Ten Lessons I Wish I Had Been Taught.- Ten Lessons for the Survival of a Mathematics Department.- A Mathematician's Gossip.- Book Reviews.- End Notes.- Epilogue by Fabrizion Palombi.- Index
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, 1950 to 1990, was surely one of the golden ages of science and 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. Rota is not afraid of controversy. Some readers may even consider these essays indiscreet. This beautifully written book is destined to become an instant classic and the subject of debate for decades to come.
Autor: Gian-Carlo Rota
RezensionFrom the reviews: "Read Indiscrete Thoughts for its account of the way we were and what we have become; for its sensible advice and its exuberant rhetoric." The Mathematical Intelligencer "Learned, thought-provoking, politically incorrect, delighting in paradox, and likely to offend-but everywhere readable and entertaining." The American Mathematical Monthly "It is about mathematicians, the way they think, and the world in which the live. It is 260 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." MAA Reviews "This is a paperback reprint, in the Modern Birkhäuser Classics series, of a book first published in 1997. It has aged very well, and richly deserves its inclusion in this series. an excellent book, fun to read, and interesting to think about." (Fernando Q. Gouvêa, MathDL, January, 2008)
Autor: Gian-Carlo Rota
ISBN-13 :: 9780817647803
ISBN: 0817647805
Erscheinungsjahr: 11.01.2008
Verlag: Birkhauser Boston Inc
Gewicht: 446g
Seiten: 280
Sprache: Englisch
Auflage Reprint of the 1997 ed
Sonstiges: Taschenbuch, 237x156x16 mm, XXIII, 280 p.