On Raoul Bott’s “On Invariants of Manifold” (Commentary on , )
I’m not sure how to introduce a review paper [B]. So rather than commenting on the paper as whole, I will concentrate on my subjective view of just one paragraph—a paragraph which I think I influenced and which ended up influencing me very deeply. A paragraph I am sure Raoul was uncomfortable writing, for at the time he was uncomfortable with his understanding of the underlying mathematics as I have explained it to him [BN]—uncomfortable enough to later rewrite (with Taubes) this bit of mathematics in his own language [BT], making my own work completely obsolete.
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