The Barrier of Meaning

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


It took me several years to realize what Stan Ulam’s real profession was. Many of us at the Los Alamos Laboratory who were associated with him knew how much he disliked being alone, how he would summon us at odd times to be rescued from the loneliness of some hotel room, or from the four walls of his office after he had exhausted his daily round of long distance calls.


Hotel Room Walk Away Divine Intervention Distance Call Common Sense Notion 
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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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