"What makes this collection extraordinarily enjoyable to read are the commentaries that guide the reader between the gallery of results and are full of stories about Rota and of reflections about his mathematical style, about how he was led to areas and insights, about what he saw in them and what he thought they could do for other areas."
"This mixture of reprinted papers and articles about Rota tell the story of his mathematical journey…. Apart from the opportunity to trace Rota’s mathematical development through his papers, the book offers eighteen articles on Rota’s work. These range from reminiscences and biographical details, to articles explaining the background to specific papers."
—THE MATHEMATICAL GAZETTE
"…Rota’s work contains many fresh ideas stimulating further research. If a PhD student asks for a book that might serve as a starting point to his/her research, the present volume is an excellent choice. Experts in analysis and probability can also find continual values in seeing Rota’s writings in a single volume."
—ACTA SCIENTIARUM MATHEMATICARUM