# Indiscrete Thoughts

## Gian - Carlo Rota

## Contents

Foreword by *Reuben Hersh*

Foreword by *Robert Sokolowski*

Introduction by *Gian-Carlo Rota*

Part I. Persons and Places

- Fine Hall in its Golden Age

*Remembrances of Princeton in the Early Fifties*Alonzo Church

William Feller

Emil Artin

Solomon Lefschetz - Light Shadows

*Yale in the Early Fifties*Jack Schwartz

From Princeton to Yale

Josiah Willard Gibbs

Yale in the Fifties

Mathematics at Yale

Abstraction in Mathematics

Linear Operators: The Past

Linear Operators: The Present

Linear Operators: The Future

Working with Jack Schwartz - Combinatorics, Representation Theory and Invariant Theory

*The Story of a Manage a Trois*Cambridge 02138 in the Early Fifties

Alfred Young

Problem Solvers and Theorizers

Hermann Grassmann and Exterior Algebra

Definition and Description in Mathematics

Bottom Lines - The Barrier of Meaning
- Stan Ulam
- The Lost Café

Part II. Philosophy: A Minority View

- 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

Part III Readings and Comments

- Ten Lessons I Wish I Had Been Taught
- Ten Lessons for the Survival of a Mathematics Department
- A Mathematician's Gossip
- Book Reviews
Paul Halmos: a Life

The Leading Line of Schaum's Outlines

Professor Neanderthal's World

Uses and Misuses of Numbers

On Reading Collected Papers

Matroids

Short Book Reviews

End Notes

Epilogue by *Fabrizio Palombi*

Index

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