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Mark Kac (pronounced kahts, Polish: Marek Kac, Ukrainian: ????? ???, b. 3 August 1914, Krzemieniec, Russian Empire, now in Ukraine; d. 26 October 1984, California, USA) was a Polish mathematician. His main interest was probability theory. His question, "Can you hear the shape of a drum?" set off research into spectral theory, with the idea of understanding the extent to which the spectrum allows one to read back the geometry. (In the end, the answer was "no", in general.)

Kac completed his Ph.D. in mathematics at the Polish Jan Kazimierz University of Lww in 1937 under the direction of Hugo Steinhaus. While there, he was a member of the Lww School of Mathematics (pol. Lwowska Szko?a Matematyczna). After receiving his degree he began to look for a position abroad, and in 1938 was granted a scholarship from the Parnas Foundation which enabled him to go work in the United States. He arrived in New York City in November, 1938. From 1939 until 1961 he was at Cornell University, first as an instructor, then from 1943 as assistant professor and from 1947 as full professor. While there, he became a naturalized US citizen in 1943. In 1961 he left Cornell and went to Rockefeller University in New York City. After twenty years there, he moved to the University of Southern California where he spent the rest of his career.

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Total Books: 11
Discrete Thoughts Essays on Mathematics Science and Philosophy
2008 - Discrete Thoughts Essays on Mathematics Science and Philosophy [Modern Birkhuser Classics] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780817647742
ISBN-10: 0817647740
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Mathematics and Logic
1992 - Mathematics and Logic (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780486670850
ISBN-10: 0486670856
Genres: Nonfiction, Science & Math, Engineering & Transportation
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Enigmas of Chance An Autobiography
1987 - Enigmas of Chance an Autobiography (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780520059863
ISBN-10: 0520059867
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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Discrete Thoughts
1986 - Discrete Thoughts (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780817632854
ISBN-10: 0817632859
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Enigmas of Chance An Autobiography
1985 - Enigmas of Chance an Autobiography [Alfred P. Sloan Foundation series] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780060154332
ISBN-10: 0060154330
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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Discrete Thoughts Essays on Mathematics Science and Philosophy
Discrete Thoughts Essays on Mathematics Science and Philosophy (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780817647759
ISBN-10: 0817647759
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Probability and Related Topics in Physical Sciences
Probability and Related Topics in Physical Sciences [Lectures in Applied Mathematics Series, Vol 1a] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780821800478
ISBN-10: 0821800477
Genres: Science & Math, Engineering & Transportation
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Quelques Problemes Mathematiques En Physique Statistique [Collection de la Chaire Aisenstadt - French Edition] (Hardcover)
Discrete Thoughts Essays on Mathematics Science and Philosophy