Remembering Gian-Carlo Rota

Invited Chapter
  • Joseph J. Kohn


I have known Gian-Carlo Rota for about half a century. I saw him very frequently during the periods that we overlapped in the Boston area (i.e. 1958-68 and 1996-97) and also on many other occasions. I remember Gianco as one of the most stimulating, insightful and witty persons. Here I will recall some of the indelible impressions he left on me.


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  1. 1.
    Birkhoff, G., Rota, G.-C. (1959), Ordinary Differential Equations, New York, Ginn and Co.Google Scholar
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    Fefferman, C. (1979), Parabolic invariant theory in complex analysis, in “Adv. Math.”, 31, pp. 131–262.MATHCrossRefMathSciNetGoogle Scholar
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    Rota, G.-C. (1997), Indiscrete Thoughts, F. Palombi (ed), Boston, Basel, Berlin, Birkhäuser.MATHGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph J. Kohn
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  1. 1.Princeton UniversityPrincetonUS

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