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August 29, 2012

Jech (1973), page 118

Posted by Tom Leinster

My friend in symplectic geometry tells me that in his field more than most, significant mistakes find their way into the published literature. But it seems that other subjects have had trouble with this too:

Posted at August 29, 2012 1:24 AM UTC

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Re: Jech (1973), page 118

Yowch! He must have worked hard to arrange for all those footnotes to occur on the same page. Unless every page is like that!

Posted by: Allen K. on August 29, 2012 3:13 AM | Permalink | Reply to this

Re: Jech (1973), page 118

Yes, I’m sure he rigged it that way for amusement. I haven’t seen any similar footnotes elsewhere in the book. These are the “Historical remarks” at the end of chapter 7 (which is about independence results between relatives of the axiom of choice). What you see on p.118 is about half of these historical remarks, but the other half (on page 117) doesn’t have a single footnote and doesn’t mention a single mistake.

Posted by: Tom Leinster on August 29, 2012 11:18 AM | Permalink | Reply to this

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