How best to read EEEQ

On first reading one can skip over all proofs (unless one wants to understand a particular point in detail) and also almost all formulas that one cannot understand after a minute's reflection. (Only the formulas in Definition 4.1 and (33)-(34) are essential for comprehension.)

Numbered statements describe the formal framework of the theory; thus theorems are more important, propositions more technical.

There is enough plain text in between to provide a thread of continuity.

On second reading one looks more carefully at what one wants to understand better, and on encountering references, or when symbols or terms are unfamiliar, one goes back until one finds the corresponding explanations.

Arnold Neumaier (
A theoretical physics FAQ