# Mathematician:Mark Kac

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## Mathematician

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

## Nationality

Polish-American

## History

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

## Theorems and Inventions

- Feynman-Kac Formula (with Richard Phillips Feynman)
- Erdős-Kac Theorem (with Paul Erdős)
- Kac-Bernstein Theorem (with Sergei Natanovich Bernstein)
- Kac's Lemma

Results named for **Mark Kac** can be found here.

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

## Publications

- 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)

- -- Introduction to

## Also known as

His name at birth was **Marek Kac**.

His surname is pronounced **Kahts**.

## Sources

- 1996: Winfried Just and Martin Weese:
*Discovering Modern Set Theory. I: The Basics*... (previous) ... (next): How to Read this Book