This extraordinary compilation is an expansion of the recent American Mathematical Society Special Session celebrating M. M. Rao's distinguished career and includes most of the presented papers as well as ancillary contributions from session invitees. This book shows the effectiveness of abstract analysis for solving fundamental problems of stochastic theory, specifically the use of functional analytic methods for elucidating stochastic processes, as made manifest in M. M. Rao's prolific research achievements. Featuring a biography of M. M. Rao, a complete bibliography of his published works, and meditations from former students, the book includes contributions from over 30 notable researchers.
"More than 20 original papers reflect Rao's broad scientific interests in probability, stochastic processes, Banach space theory, measure theory and (stochastic) differential equations. …The volume is completed with a biography and bibliography of M. M. Rao, a remarkable collection of personal reminiscences (written by his former students) adds a human dimension to this fine book."
-EMS Newsletter, June 2005