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Bourbaki 2.0: Or, is massively collaborative mathematical exposition possible?
*September 7, 2009*

*Posted by Akhil Mathew in General, math education.*

Tags: Bourbaki, open source triumphalism, Ubuntu, Web 2.0

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Tags: Bourbaki, open source triumphalism, Ubuntu, Web 2.0

18 comments

*Warning: I have very little knowledge about these topics (even less than usual).*

**The Problem**

One of my goals is to learn mathematics independently. I’ve had lots of trouble especially in certain areas such as algebraic geometry, where the preqrequisites are large and interconnected. When reading books nowadays, I frequently come across words I don’t know with (sometimes) recommended supplementary sources. But I can’t really learn the definition of say, a Cohen-Macaulay ring, just from reading Hartshorne’s short blurb or Wikipedia without actually seeing some properties of these rings proved, so I go to the supplementary sources. When I looked up, say, Matsumura’s book on commutative algebra, I then find that I am expected to know what derived functors are to understand depth. Time to find another book! (more…)