First published in 1997, Gian-Carlo Rota’s Indiscrete Thoughts is now a minor classic on the culture of mathematics. It is witty and irreverent and difficult not to enjoy. It is also often thoughtful and insightful. Nonetheless, I think its more overtly philosophical parts are seriously flawed. I try to both summarize and critically review this distinctive book.
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