Book Reviews

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


Every mathematician will rank other mathematicians linearly according to past accomplishments while he rates himself on the promise of his future publications. Unlike most mathematicians Halmos has taken the unusual step of printing the results of his lifelong ratings. He is pretty fair to everyone included in his lists (from first-rate [Hilbert] to fifth-rate [almost everybody else]), except to himself, to whom he is merciless (even in the choice of the title to the book:1 “I Want to be a Mathematician,” as if there were any question in anybody’s mind as to his professional qualifications).


Boolean Algebra Book Review Division Algebra Clifford Algebra Class Field Theory 
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End Notes

  1. [1]
    Paul R. Halmos, J Want to Be a Mathematician: an Automathography, Springer, New York, 1985.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Schaum’s Outlines Series in Mathematics and Statistics, McGraw-Hill Publishing Company, New York.Google Scholar
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    T. Y. Lam, First Course in Noncommutative Rings, Springer, New York, 1991.CrossRefMATHGoogle Scholar
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    H. D. Ebbinghaus, H. Hermes, F. Hirzebruch, M. Koecher, K. Mainzer, J. Neukirch, A. Prestel, and R. Remmert (Eds.), Numbers, Springer, New York, 1991.MATHGoogle Scholar
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    E. Noether, Gessammelte Abhandlungen, Springer, Heidelberg, 1983.Google Scholar
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    Harish-Chandra, Collected Papers, 4 vols., Springer, Heidelberg, 1982.Google Scholar
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    J. E. Littlewood, Collected Papers, 2 vols., Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1982.MATHGoogle Scholar
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    E. B. Dynkin, Markov Processes and Related Problems of Analysis (Selected Papers), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1982.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Wilhelm Magnus, Collected Papers, Springer, Heidelberg, 1984.MATHGoogle Scholar
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    A. Borel, Collected Papers, 3 vols., Springer, Heidelberg, 1983.MATHGoogle Scholar
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    P. S. Kung, A Source Book in Matroid Theory, Birkhäuser, Boston, 1986.CrossRefMATHGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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