A Quote by Paul R. Halmos on authors, certainty, and theory

I remember one occasion when I tried to add a little seasoning to a review, but I wasn't allowed to. The paper was by Dorothy Maharam, and it was a perfectly sound contribution to abstract measure theory. The domains of the underlying measures were not sets but elements of more general Boolean algebras, and their range consisted not of positive numbers but of certain abstract equivalence classes. My proposed first sentence was: "The author discusses valueless measures in pointless spaces."

Paul R. Halmos

Source: I want to be a Mathematician, Washington: MAA Spectrum, 1985, p. 120.

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