Fine Hall in its Golden Age

Princeton in the Early Fifties
  • Gian-Carlo Rota
Part of the Modern Birkhäuser Classics book series (MBC)


Our faith in mathematics is not likely to wane if we openly acknowledge that the personalities of even the greatest mathematicians may be as flawed as those of anyone else. The greater a mathematician, the more important it is to bring out the contradictions in his or her personality Psychologists of the future, if they should ever read such accounts, may better succeed in explaining what we, blinded by prejudice, would rather not face up to.


Disjunctive Normal Form Axiomatic Method Great Mathematician Tongue Twister Franciscan Friar 
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End Notes

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    George Pólya, Gabor Szegö, Aufgaben und Lehrsätze ans der Analysis, 2 vols., Springer Verlag, Berlin, 1925.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gian-Carlo Rota
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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