Some Links About the Intuition Leading to Compactness

http://scripts.mit.edu/~zong/wpress/?p=925
-A discussion of compactness as a “rescaling” of a “solid boundary.”

http://www.math.ucla.edu/~tao/preprints/compactness.pdf
-Terry Tao’s discussion of compactness from the Princeton Companion to Mathematics

http://www.jstor.org/stable/2309166
-Edwin Hewitt on the historical “discovery” of compactness

http://arxiv.org/pdf/1006.4131.pdf
-Manya Sundstrom on the same (based on a Master’s thesis).

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