Gian-Carlo Rota

Gian-Carlo Rota was a great combinatorialist; in addition to numerous concrete results he deserves much credit on systematizing many methods.

Related entries in nlab include umbral calculus and Rota-Baxter algebra.

A nice reading about appreciation of systematic/foundational work in mathematics is his preface (pdf, ps.gz, bookpage) to Combinatorial species and tree-like structures (Enc. Math. Appl., Camb. Univ. Press 1997) by F. Bergeron, G. Labelle and P. Leroux.

  • Steven M. Roman, Gian-Carlo Rota, Umbral calculus, Advances in Math. 27 (1978), no. 2, 95–188, pdf until p. 120, doi90087-7), MR0485417
  • Daniel A. Klain, G-C. Rota, Introduction to Geometric Probability, Cambridge University Press 1997, xiv+178 pp. gBooks; Book survey in Bull. AMS pdf (from the survey:“these are notes based on Gian-Carlo Rota’s 1986 “Lezioni Lincee” lectures about geometric valuations, integral geometry and geometric probability, and they are superbly polished”)
  • Mathematical essays in honor of Gian-Carlo Rota (Cambridge, MA, 1996), Progr. Math. 161, Birkhäuser 1998,

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