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  • Le Guide Bourbaki : Royaumont

    At least six Bourbaki-congresses were held in ‘Royaumont’: La Tribu 18 : ‘Congres oecumenique du cocotier’, April 13th-25th 1949 La Tribu 22 : ‘Congres de la revanche du cocotier’, April 5th-17th 1950 La Tribu without number : ‘Congres de l’horizon’, October 8th-15th 1950 La Tribu 26 : ‘Congres croupion’, October 1st-9th 1951 La Tribu 31 […]

  • Le Guide Bourbaki : Murol(s)

    The preparations for the unique Bourbaki-congress in Murols, start already in La Tribu 32 (fall 1953). On page 3: “Summer 54: To suit Phileas Chevalley, Sammy Fogg and eventual Mexicans and Colombians, this Congress will be held from August 17 to 30. Samuel will look for a hotel in Auvergne, but everyone is asked to…

  • Le Guide Bourbaki : Pelvoux

    Pelvoux is a former commune (now merged into Vallouise-Pelvoux) in the Hautes-Alpes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France. No less than five summer-Bourbaki congresses took place in Pelvoux: La Tribu 25 : Congres oecumenique de Pelvoux (June 25th – July 8th 1951) La Tribu 28 : Congres de la motorisation de l’ane…

  • Le Guide Bourbaki : Amboise

    Between 1955 and 1960 four Bourbaki congresses were held in Amboise, a small market town on the river Loire, and once home of the French royal court. La Tribu 38, from March 11th-17th 1956, ‘Congres des trois angles plats’ La Tribu 40, fromOctober 7th-14th 1956, ‘Congres de l’intelligence peu commune’ La Tribu 41, from March…

  • Le Guide Bourbaki : Sallieres-les-bains

    For three summers in a row, Bourbaki held its congres in ‘Sallieres-les-bains’, located near Die, in the Drôme. La Tribu 36, from June 27th till July 9th 1955 La Tribu 39, from June 24th till July 7th 1956, ‘Congres des Tapis’ La Tribu 42, from June 23rd till July 7th 1957, ‘Congres oecumenique du diabolo’…

  • Le Guide Bourbaki : Marlotte

    During the 1950ties, the Bourbakistas usually scheduled three meetings in the countryside. In the spring and autumn at places not too far from Paris (Royaumont, Celles-sur-plaines, Marlotte, Amboise…), in the summer they often went to the mountains (Pelvoux, Murols, Sallieres-les-bains,…). Being a bit autistic, they preferred to return to the same places, rather than to…

  • The (somewhat less) Secret Bourbaki Archive

    It has been many, many years since I’ve last visited the Bourbaki Archives. The underground repository of the Bourbaki Secret Archives is a storage facility built beneath the cave of the former Capoulade Cafe. Given its sporadic use by staff and scholars, the entire space – including the Gallery of all intermediate versions of every…

  • the topos of unconsciousness

    Since wednesday, as mentioned last time, the book by Alain Connes and Patrick Gauthier-Lafaye: “A l’ombre de Grothendieck et de Lacan, un topos sur l’inconscient” is available in the better bookshops. There’s no need to introduce Alain Connes on this blog. Patrick Gauthier-Lafaye is a French psychiatrist and psycho-analyst, working in Strassbourg. The book is…

  • Grothendieck meets Lacan

    Next month, a weekend-meeting is organised in Paris on Lacan et Grothendieck, l’impossible rencontre?. Photo from Remembering my father, Jacques Lacan Jacques Lacan was a French psychoanalyst and psychiatrist who has been called “the most controversial psycho-analyst since Freud”. What’s the connection between Lacan and Grothendieck? Here’s Stephane Dugowson‘s take (G-translated): “As we know, Lacan…

  • Yet more topos news

    Every topos has its own internal language, the so called Mitchell-Bénabou language, allowing us to speak about formulas and their truth values. Sadly, Jean Bénabou died last week. Here’s a nice interview with Bénabou (in French) on category theory, Grothendieck, logic, and a rant on plagiarism among topos theorists (starting at 1:00:16). Yesterday, France Culture’s…