> > Kung and Rota in their article "Invariant theory of binary forms" > (Bulletin of the AMS, vol. 10, No. 1, pp. 27-85, 1984) say Hermann > Weyl called the symbolic method "the warhorse of ninteenth century > invariant theory." > > Does anyone know a citation for this quote, or for anything like it
Weyl's 1939 AMS address, I believe [I've quoted Weyl from that for other purposes, not this one, but (albeit fallibly) recall Weyl mentions this -- a fishy calculating technique in search of an algebraic "foundation") sorry I don't have access to the Gessamm.Abhandl to check. But instead of 'symbolic method' perhaps it is 'calculus of finite differences' or 'umbral calculus of finite distances'. I also suspect that 'the warhorse of...' is one of Rota's not uncommon hyperbolic "paraphrases".
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