Mathematician:Gian-Carlo Rota

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Italian-American mathematician and philosopher who worked in combinatorics, functional analysis, probability theory, and phenomenology.




  • Born: April 27, 1932 in Vigevano, Italy
  • Died: April 18, 1999 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.

Theorems and Definitions

Results named for Gian-Carlo Rota can be found here.

Definitions of concepts named for Gian-Carlo Rota can be found here.


  • 1956: Extension Theory Of Ordinary Linear Differential Operators

Notable Quotes

In mathematics, as anywhere today, it is becoming more difficult to tell the truth. To be sure, our store of accurate facts is more plentiful now than it has ever been ... Unfortunately, telling the truth is not quite the same as reciting a rosary of facts.
-- Introduction to Discrete Thoughts, by Mark Kac, Gian-Carlo Rota and Jacob T. Schwartz ($1985$)