Saturday, February 16, 2019

“Always with a little humor” — Dr. Yen Lo

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:50 PM

Welcome to the Garden Club, Pilgrim


"Program or be programmed."

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Hexagram 64 in Context

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 10:22 PM

"Always with a little humor." — Dr. Yen Lo

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Our Most Important Product

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:45 AM

Hexagram 35:

"Then came a 'Robot Psychologist,' known as a Psychological Matrix Rotator,
developed for the Department of Defense. It is still used to literally 'see' that
the right man gets the right Army job."

Ronald Reagan, 1961 GE Sales Meeting

"Always with a little humor." — Yen Lo

In memory of Dr. Irving Peress,
who reportedly died on Thursday,
November 13, 2014.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Through a Mirror, Darkly

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:26 PM

Review of a book first published in 1989—

Reality's Mirror: Exploring the Mathematics of Symmetry —

"Here is a book that explains in laymen language
what symmetry is all about, from the lowliest snowflake
and flounder to the lofty group structures whose
astonishing applications to the Old One are winning
Nobel prizes. Bunch's book is a marvel of clear, witty
science writing, as delightful to read as it is informative
and up-to-date. The author is to be congratulated on
a job well done." — Martin Gardner

A completely different person whose name
mirrors that of the Mathematics of Symmetry  author —

IMAGE- Daily Princetonian, Dec. 23, 2013

See also this  journal on the date mentioned in the Princetonian .

"Always with a little humor." — Yen Lo

Monday, July 23, 2012

Manchurian Symphony

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

"Always with a little humor"
— Manchurian Candidate

"Sound of a Theorem"

In Memoriam


Monday, February 21, 2011

Another Manic Monday

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:48 AM

"The curriculum begins with a game called Winding Around Positions.
There are twelve stations that could represent hours on a clock
or the Chinese years zodiac."

— The current (March 2011) Notices of the American Mathematical Society

Background — "Winding Games" (pdf, 1.43 MB)—


For the not-too-tightly wound —

“Always with a little humor.” – Dr. Yen Lo  (See The China Candidate and Humorism)

We are now at the Year of the Rabbit

(Click images for sources.)

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11/110221-DarkoRabbitSm.jpg IMAGE- Scene from a film based on the old SF story 'Mimsy Were the Borogoves'

Friday, December 12, 2008

Friday December 12, 2008

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 3:09 PM
On the Symmetric Group S8

Wikipedia on Rubik's 2×2×2 "Pocket Cube"–


"Any permutation of the 8 corner cubies is possible (8! positions)."

Some pages related to this claim–

Simple Groups at Play

Analyzing Rubik's Cube with GAP

Online JavaScript Pocket Cube.

The claim is of course trivially true for the unconnected subcubes of Froebel's Third Gift:

Froebel's third gift, the eightfold cube
© 2005 The Institute for Figuring


Photo by Norman Brosterman
fom the Inventing Kindergarten
exhibit at The Institute for Figuring
(co-founded by Margaret Wertheim)

See also:

MoMA Goes to Kindergarten,

Tea Privileges


"Ad Reinhardt and Tony Smith:
A Dialogue,"
an exhibition opening today
at Pace Wildenstein.

For a different sort
of dialogue, click on the
artists' names above.

For a different
approach to S8,
see Symmetries.

"With humor, my dear Zilkov.
Always with a little humor."

-- The Manchurian Candidate

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tuesday May 20, 2008

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:00 PM

The China Candidate

In honor of the 100th birthday of actor James Stewart,
Turner Classic Movies is now showing
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.

In light of an ABC News story tonight,
Report: U.S. Soldiers Did 'Dirty Work' for Chinese Interrogators,
the following film seems more relevant:

Welcome to the Garden Club, Pilgrim


Related material:

The Dictatorship of Talent, by David Brooks
in The New York Times of December 4, 2007—

"When you talk to Americans, you find that they have all these weird notions about Chinese communism. You try to tell them that China isn’t a communist country anymore. It’s got a different system: meritocratic paternalism. You joke: Imagine the Ivy League taking over the shell of the Communist Party and deciding not to change the name. Imagine the Harvard Alumni Association with an army."

— and Harvard mathematician

Professor Yau of Harvard

See also Sylvia Nasar's 2006 New Yorker article on Yau
and the screenplay of The Manchurian Candidate:

A long pause.
Finally, Yen Lo laughs.

YEN LO With humor, my dear Zilkov.
Always with a little humor.

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