Morally wrong because no one, however gifted, can claim personal possession of scientific knowledge. Patents. yes; but mathematics has yet to be patented.
Mentally unbalanced because direct and indirect evidence over the last 20 years indicate that this is the case. In particular no person of sound mind would issue such an ultimatum.
However since then the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques has frozen publication of his important Memoir "Récoltes et Semailles"; Springer Verlag has frozen re-publication in a new, more easily readable format, of his SGA seminar lectures; and the Grothendieck Circle has withdraw the original French version of Récoltes et Semailles from its website.
All editions or transmission of such texts which have been produced in the past without my express permission, or shall be made in the future as long as I am alive, which will or has been done in opposition to my will, as it is precisely expressed herein, will be deemed illegitimate in my eyes.
To the degree that I become aware of them, I will insist to the makers of these pirate editions, or any other publications including, without my express permission, texts from my own hand (apart from possible citations of a few lines at most), that they immediately withdraw these works from the marketplace; that the directors of libraries holding copies of my works, that these works be removed at once.
If my intentions as an author, as clearly expressed here, are treated as dead-letter, then let the shame of their contempt for me fall upon the heads of those responsible for those illegitimate editions, and on the directors of the libraries that harbor them. (From the moment that one or the other be informed of my intentions)
I am a private individual, not a corporation.It is well-known that Dr. Grothendieck signed over all the rights to his works to Dr. Jean Malgoire more than a decade ago.He does not speak of preparing any sort of lawsuit, rather he asks us to 'avoid the shame' of treating him with 'contempt'. I don't hold him in contempt, therefore I doubt very much that I will find myself gripped by a sense of shame.Sincerely Yours, Dr. Roy Lisker
The complete text of Recoltes et Semailles, despite the tremendous labor of Alain Herreman, can NO LONGER be read in French on the Grothendieck Circle website.Go to: