FOM: Keisler's book

Jon Barwise barwise at
Thu Nov 13 16:20:10 EST 1997

	Keisler's book has been out of print for some time.  I suppose it
did not sell enough copies.  Why?  Well, not enough people wanted to teach
it, or if they did, they were  not able to convince their departments to
let them.

As for examples of infinitesimals, Jerry gives lots of them.  You should
really go to the library and look at the book. It is a gem. Its fate
reminds me of the fact that Windows is beating the MAC OS even though
almost all studies show the latter to be the better product.  Let's face
it, standardization wins.  That is one reason why Godel's prediction is
about the future of analysis is probably wrong.

Jon Barwise
Professor of Mathematics, Philosophy, and Computer Science

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