Tuesday, February 18, 2020


Confession of a Lawbreaker

Cédric Villani, Birth of a Theorem: A Mathematical Adventure, tr. Malcolm DeBevoise (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015), p. 3:
Behind me, neatly arranged on long shelves, thousands and thousands of pages of articles, lawfully photocopied back in the days when scientific journals were still printed on paper, and a great many mathematical monographs, unlawfully photocopied back in the days when I didn’t make enough money to buy all of the books I wanted.

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