# FOM: Bourbaki ...

Mon Aug 24 15:18:43 EDT 1998

Just to keep the pot boiling whilst I consider my reply to
Segal's review of my Bourbaki piece,
(of which a subscriber to FOM has kindly sent me the text but not
the date of its appearance in the Zentralblatt),
here is an excerpt from Quine's reminiscences:

A Logic Colloquium was afoot in the Ecole Normale Sup\'erieure. [...]
Dieudonn\'e was there, a harsh reminder of the smug and uninformed
disdain of mathematical logic that once prevailed in the rank and
vile, one is tempted to say, of the mathematical fraternity.  His
ever hostile interventions were directed at no detail of the
discussion, which he scorned, but against the enterprise as such.
At length one of the Frenchmen asked why he had come. He replied
{\lq}{\it J'\'etais invit\'e.}'

A. R. D. M.