Mathematician:Mark Kac

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Polish American mathematician whose main interests were probability theory and spectral theory.




  • August 3, 1914 in Kremenets, in what was then the Russian Empire (now Krzemieniec in Ukraine)
  • October 26, 1984 in California

Theorems and Inventions

Results named for Mark Kac can be found here.

Definitions of concepts named for Mark Kac can be found here.


  • 1958: Mathematics and Logic: Retrospect and Prospects (with Stanisław Ulam)
  • 1959: Statistical Independence in Probability, Analysis and Number Theory
  • 1959: Probability and related topics in the physical sciences
  • 1985: Enigmas of Chance: An Autobiography
  • 1992: Discrete Thoughts (with Gian-Carlo Rota and Jacob T. Schwartz)

Notable Quotes

W. A. Hurwitz used to say that in teaching on an elementary level one must tell the truth, nothing but the truth, but not the whole truth.
-- Introduction to Discrete Thoughts, by Mark Kac, Gian-Carlo Rota and Jacob T. Schwartz ($1976)

Also known as

His name at birth was Marek Kac.

His surname is pronounced Kahts.