## Indiscrete Thoughts (Google eBook)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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User Review - Aneel - GoodreadsRota was my favorite professor. This is a collection of fairly random writings of his. There are short biographies of mathematicians that Rota knew, some writings on Phenomenology that are well beyond ... Read full review

### Contents

Fine Hall in its Golden Age | 3 |

Light Shadows | 21 |

Combinatorics Representation Theory | 39 |

The Barrier of Meaning | 55 |

The Lost Café | 63 |

The Pernicious Inﬂuence of Mathematics Upon Philosophy | 89 |

Philosophy and Computer Science | 104 |

The Phenomenology of Mathematical Beauty | 121 |

Fundierung as a Logical Concept | 172 |

The Primacy of Identity | 182 |

Three Senses of A is B in Heidegger | 188 |

Ten Lessons I Wish I Had Been Taught | 195 |

Ten Lessons for the Survival of a Mathematics Department | 204 |

Book Reviews | 235 |

End Notes | 259 |

Epilogue by Fabrizio Palombi | 265 |

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