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Complicating Mathematics

  • Mark Kac
  • Gian-Carlo Rota
  • Jacob T. Schwartz
Part of the Modern Birkhäuser Classics book series

Abstract

At the turn of the century, the Swiss historian Jakob Burckhardt, who, unlike most historians, was fond of guessing the future, once confided to his friend Friedrich Nietzsche the prediction that the Twentieth Century would be “the age of oversimplification.”

Keywords

Wishful Thinking Checkerboard Pattern Mathematical Experience Ideal Mathematician Billiard Ball 
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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Kac
  • Gian-Carlo Rota
    • 1
  • Jacob T. Schwartz
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Mathematics and PhilosophyMITCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Courant InstituteNew YorkUSA

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