FOM: Re: MAndelbrojt and Bourbaki
amathias at rasputin.uniandes.edu.co
Thu Oct 15 08:37:20 EDT 1998
There is an interesting attack on the Royal Society by Clifford
Truesdell III, in an essay called "The Establishment Stifles Genius".
The tarter version is in his collection "An Idiot's Fugitive Essays",
published by Springer.
In the peroration of that essay he says that the trouble is, in England
and in Europe generally, that things are too centralised, and therefore
a small group at the centre has excessive power to crush outsiders.
He appears to say "It couldn't happen in America". Well, could it ?
[I have more to say on this theme, but it will have to wait till next
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