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“There are all kinds of truth … but behind all of them there is only one truth and that is that there’s no truth.”

Ritholtz, The Big Picture, Pundit Suckitude: Its a feature, not a bug, here.  Someone better go break the news  to Terry Tao about this.

“They’re in the business of flattering the prejudices of their base audience and they’re in the business of entertaining their base audience and accuracy is a side constraint.”

Philip Tetlock

Woit, Not Even Wrong, Latest from the Stacks Project, here. Nicholas Bourbaki got an iPad.

Q: What is the Stacks Project?

A: It’s an open source textbook and reference for my field, which is algebraic geometry. It builds foundations starting from elementary college algebra and going up to algebraic stacks. It’s a self-contained exposition of all the material there, which makes it different from a research textbook or the experience you’d have reading a bunch of papers.

We were quite neurotic setting it up – everything has a proof, other results are referenced explicitly, and it’s strictly linear, which is to say there’s a strict ordering of the text so that all references are always to earlier results.

Of course the field itself has different directions, some of which are represented in the stacks project, but we had to choose a way of presenting it which allowed for this idea of linearity (of course, any mathematician thinks we can do that for all of mathematics).

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