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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. A few asides struck me as interesting. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The mind’s task is menial: Indiscrete Thoughts gives a glimpse into a world that has seldom been described that of science and technology as indiscfete through the eyes of a mathematician.

All talk of mathematical beauty is thoughhts copout from confronting the logic of enlightenment. Customers who bought this item also bought.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Rota himself suggests this characterisation of beauty: He could be seen in a corridor in Fine Hall at any time of day or night, rather like the Phantom of the Opera. Rota roya not afraid of controversy.

Rora Thoughts should become an instant classic and the subject of debate for decades to come. This can be done by taking “logical” to mean that the proof is designed on the assumption that the theorem is true.

Once, however, he offers a possibly different characterisation of enlightenment: Many of these I have already quoted above and we have seen that Rota’s views in this regard appear similar to mine. 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 unrelated considerations.

Read more Read less. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: What is charming and amusing is to observe thru the eyes indiscfete 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.

Reviewed by Palle Jorgensen, November, Back cover copy Indiscrete Thoughts gives a glimpse into a world that has seldom been described, that rrota science and technology as seen through the eyes of a mathematician.

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Notes on Introductory Combinatorics Georg Polya.

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It is a very good autobiography of a mathematician for those who are inclined to these. He had unusual working habits. He spoke softly in complete paragraphs which seemed to have been read out of a book, evenly and slowly enunciated, as by a talking machine.

You have to keep a dozen of your favorite problems constantly present in your mind, although by and large they will lay in a dormant state. Account Options Sign in. Refresh and try indiscrets. Both the truth of a theorem and its beauty are equally objective qualities, equally observable characteristics of a piece of mathematics which are equally shared and agreed upon by the community of mathematicians.

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First some quotations from Rota that fits the above very well. Dave Johnson rated it really liked it Dec 09, But I do not think that this is a credible aesthetic criterion.

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