Indiscrete Thoughts (Modern Birkhäuser Classics)

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<P>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.</P>

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"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)

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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. 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.

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