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I was just going to check something in FGA and I didn't have access to my pdf-copy, so I did what I normally do when in such a circumstance: surf to the Grothendieck circle's webpage.

And what did I find there? All mathematical texts written by Grothendieck himself was removed "per his request".

Does anyone know what this is about and/or what's going on here?

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closed as no longer relevant by Harry Gindi, Tom Leinster, Qiaochu Yuan, Yemon Choi, S. Carnahan Apr 11 '10 at 20:44

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I saw Illusie recently and asked him whether this was true (you can't believe everything you read on the internet!) and he assured me that it was, and said that it was very sad. – Kevin Buzzard Apr 11 '10 at 10:56
:-( . – Martin Brandenburg Apr 11 '10 at 11:34
I'm downvoting because I think this is a topic for blogs rather than for mathoverflow. – Daniel Moskovich Apr 11 '10 at 14:05
For future reference, I made a copy of the Grothendieck website's contents before it was taken down, and posted it to my Grothendieck site: – William Stein Aug 15 '10 at 18:22
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Grothendieck seems to have requested that all his materials be taken town. As pointed out in comments, this has been discussed fairly thoroughly on the blogs and, in fact, on meta.

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Obviously, I should have paid more attention to what's going on in the world: I've totally missed this debacle. Thanks all for directing me to the relevant threads, blogs and discussions. – Daniel Larsson Apr 11 '10 at 15:11

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