Re: sga 5/Bas' SGA-project (fwd) From: Frank Calegari
To: Cc: , William A Stein Date: Mon, 4 Mar 2002 12:12:46 -0800 (PST) > I've been asked to write an article for the Dutch Mathematical > Society on Bas' SGA-project. I was just wondering why SGA 5 wasn't > scanned and put on the web with the other ones? It looks like it was > last printed in 1977, so I don't really see the difference with the > other ones... > > Thanks, > Reinie. Dear Reinie, Let me tell you about the ancient origins of this project. In 1997, I was an undergraduate student at the University of Melbourne, Australia, before I came to Berkeley as a graduate student. There were no number theorists there, and I was somewhat isolated, but I did have (unlimited) access to a photocopier machine. I photocopied many articles, but the one big project I did was photocopy SGA. It took roughly a week of continuous copying, more or less. The absence of SGA 5 is due to the fact that the local library _didn't_have_a_copy! An identical reason prevented me from copying EGA. I came to Berkeley, and SGA followed in three boxes (1-sided, enlarged, for future copying purposes; I'm sure it would have taken for ever to scan directly from a book). From time to time other graduate students would borrow an Expose, instead of an entire volume from the library. Eventually I guess William and Jim decided to take the next step and scan in all my photocopies, which still doesn't include SGA 5, for historical reasons. I also believe that SGA 7, Expose IX was missed in the scanning process, since I was using it at the time. That may have been corrected by now, however. Cheers, Frank Calegari.