A Mathematician’s Gossip

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


A good teacher does not teach facts, he or she teaches enthusiasm, open-mindedness and values. Young people need encouragement. Left to themselves, they may not know how to decide what is worthwhile. They may drop an original idea because they think someone else must have thought of it already. Students need to be taught to believe in themselves and not to give up.


Algebraic Geometry Category Theory Universal Algebra Klein Bottle Class Field Theory 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1997

Authors and Affiliations

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

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