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    Re: book - the complete on-board celestial navigator
    From: Gordon Talge
    Date: 2003 Mar 23, 20:49 -0800

    Check this out.
    When I was in college taking a graduate math class in
    "Measure Theory" I ran across this in a famous book
    by Paul R. Halmos, called, need I say, "Measure Theory".
    I quote:
      "The only necessary prerequisite for an intelligent
    reading of the first seven chapters of this book is what
    is known in the United States as undergraduate algebra
    and analysis. For the convenience of the reader, sec 0 is
    devoted to a detailed listing of exactly what knowledge
    is assumed in the various chapters. The beginner should
    be warned that some of the words and symbols in the latter
    part of sec 0 are defined only later, in the first seven
    chapters of the text, and that accordingly, he should not
    be discouraged if, on first reading of sec 0, he finds that
    he does not have the prerequisites for reading the prerequisites."
    The book is copyrighted 1950, so the part about only needing
    "undergraduate algebra and analysis" is streaching it by today's
    standards. Notice also, the use of "he". No thought of a girl
    taking this stuff. At least Halmos doesn't go with "one finds
    that one", kind of language.
    Thought the list would get a kick out of this.
    -- Gordon
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