Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Piracy Project

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:02 AM

Recent piracy of my work as part of a London art project suggests the following.


           From http://www.trussel.com/rls/rlsgb1.htm

The 2011 Long John Silver Award for academic piracy
goes to ….

Hermann Weyl, for the remark on objectivity and invariance
in his classic work Symmetry  that skillfully pirated
the much earlier work of philosopher Ernst Cassirer.

And the 2011 Parrot Award for adept academic idea-lifting
goes to …

Richard Evan Schwartz of Brown University, for his
use, without citation, of Cullinane’s work illustrating
Weyl’s “relativity problem” in a finite-geometry context.

For further details, click on the above names.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The London Piracy Project

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 6:25 PM

My work has been pirated by an artist in London.

An organization there, AND Publishing, sponsors what it calls
"The Piracy Project." The artist's piracy was a contribution
to the project.

The above material now reflects the following update:

UPDATE of June 21, 2011, 10:00 PM ET:

The organization's weblog (a post for 19th June)
has now been updated, and this  post, which originally
discussed that weblog, has been altered to reflect the
changes that were made at AND Publishing's weblog.

In this  weblog, changes have been made to correct my
earlier incorrect statements that the Piracy Project was
sponsored by the art school where it takes place.
It was not. The organization has informed me that

"AND Publishing is not sponsored by the art school.
We are an independent artist's publishing house,
kindly hosted by the art school. While we are offered
office space on campus, our program and website
are funded, directed and managed by ourselves –
we are an independent entity running an
autonomous program."

As this post originally stated…

The web pages from the site finitegeometry.org/sc that
the artist, Steve Richards, copied as part of his contribution to
the AND Publishing Piracy Project have had the author's name,
Steven H. Cullinane, and the date of composition systematically removed.

See a sample (jpg, 2.1 MB).

Here is some background on Richards.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

ART WARS continued

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 8:06 PM

This evening's New York Times  obituaries—


A work of art suggested by the first and third items above—


I prefer a work of art that is structurally similar—

IMAGE- The Klein group as art

and is related to a picture, Portrait of O, from October 1, 1983—

IMAGE- A work by Cullinane pirated by artist Steve RIchards in his contribution to London's 'Piracy Project'

For a recent unexpected Web appearance of Portrait of O,
aee Abracadabra from the midnight of June 18-19.

A Flag for Sunrise

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:48 AM

Thomas N. Armstrong III, a former director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, died at 78 on Monday in Manhattan.

William Grimes in this morning's New York Times

"… Mr. Armstrong set about strengthening the museum’s permanent collection, buying Frank Stella’s 1959 black painting “Die Fahne Hoch!” for $75,000 in 1977…."

See also "Fahne Hoch" in this journal and the following from the date of Armstrong's death—


"Sunrise — Hast thou a Flag for me?" — Emily Dickinson

Related material: Piracy Project and, from Flag Day,
"Dawn's Early Light" and "Expressionistic Depth."

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Longest Day Continues

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 11:32 PM

The AND Publishing weblog page referred to in
a Sunday post has been changed to reflect the
source— my finite-geometry website— of pages
copied and altered by London artist Steve Richards
that are a large part of his contribution to the
AND Publishing Piracy Project.

The new version is as follows—


Note, however, that the cover page is a figure titled
by Richards "metalibrarianship" that has nothing
whatever to do with the concepts in the pages he copied
from my site, finitegeometry.org/sc.


Other pages within Richards's contribution to the
Piracy Project are similarly completely unrelated to
the content of my own site, which deals with geometry.

The image on the cover page also appears, it turns out,
on a website called intertwining.org.

At that site, it occurs in the following resume item:


The links in the resume item do not work,
but some background is available at a page titled
"Circularity, Practicality and Philosophy of Librarianship, or
The Making of 'The Nitecki Trilogy'"
by Joanne Twining.

Other images in Richards's contribution to the Piracy Project also occur
in Twining's webpage "Dimensional Advances for Information Architecture."

I never heard of Twining or Nitecki before I encountered Richards's
Piracy Project contribution, and I do not wish to be associated
again in any way with Twining, with Nitecki, or with Richards.

Truth, Beauty, Bullshit

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:16 PM

This post is for the Stonehenge solstice crowd, who might,
like the London artist Steve Richards, confuse bullshit
with scholarship and inspire the same confusion
in others.

IMAGE- Motto of Forgotten Books, with pirated quotation from Shakespeare that might be appropriate for London's 'Piracy Project'

The image, apparently an epigraph put there
by the author, is from the Forgotten Books edition
of Cassirer's Substance and Function:
And Einstein's Theory of Relativity

This is a scanned copy of the 1923 original.
The egg-figure above, however, is from the publisher's
prefatory notes and not  from the original.

A check of other Forgotten Books publications
shows that the motto and the Bacon
attribution are those of Forgotten Books and
not  of the authors they reprint — in particular,
not  of Ernst Cassirer, who would probably
be dismayed to have this nonsense associated
with his work.

Why nonsense? The attribution to Francis Bacon is
false. The lines are from "The Phoenix and the Turtle"
by William Shakespeare.


Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:19 AM

This post was suggested by a book advertised
above A. Whitney Ellsworth's obituary in tonight's 
online New York Times .


See also the following illustrations—

From this journal on June 1, 2008:

Click for background

Permutahedron for the symmetric group on four elements

From artist Steve Richards on January 14, 2010:

Click to enlarge

IMAGE- Interview with Steve Richards, who later contributed to London's 'Piracy Project'

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Search for Invariants

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 9:29 AM

The title of a recent contribution to a London art-related "Piracy Project" begins with the phrase "The Search for Invariants."

A search for that phrase  elsewhere yields a notable 1944* paper by Ernst Cassirer, "The Concept of Group and the Theory of Perception."

Page 20: "It is a process of objectification, the characteristic nature
and tendency of which finds expression in the formation of invariants."

Cassirer's concepts seem related to Weyl's famous remark that

“Objectivity means invariance with respect to the group of automorphisms.”
Symmetry  (Princeton University Press, 1952, page 132)

See also this journal on June 23, 2010— "Group Theory and Philosophy"— as well as some Math Forum remarks on Cassirer and Weyl.

Update of 6 to 7:50 PM June 20, 2011—

Weyl's 1952 remark seems to echo remarks in 1910 and 1921 by Cassirer.
See Cassirer in 1910 and 1921 on Objectivity.

Another source on Cassirer, invariance, and objectivity—

The conclusion of Maja Lovrenov's 
"The Role of Invariance in Cassirer’s Interpretation of the Theory of Relativity"—

"… physical theories prove to be theories of invariants
with regard to certain groups of transformations and
it is exactly the invariance that secures the objectivity
of a physical theory."

— SYNTHESIS PHILOSOPHICA 42 (2/2006), pp. 233–241

A search in Weyl's Symmetry  for any reference to Ernst Cassirer yields no results.

* Published in French in 1938.

Sunday, June 19, 2011


Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:59 AM

IMAGE- Germany's MathGuide project, an alternative to London's 'Piracy Project'

This screenshot was suggested by the word "metalibrarianship" in a Bloomsday 2011 post by artist Steve Richards.

Note the words in the search field.

The phrase "Dublin Core metadata" refers to a city in Ohio, not in Ireland.

Related material— The highlighted phrase below is in the epigraph to Borges's "The Library of Babel"—

"I would, for these causes, wish him that is melancholy, to use both humane and divine authors, voluntarily to impose some taske upon himself, to divert his melancholy thoughts; to study the art of memory, Cosmus Rosselius, Pet. Ravennas, Scenkelius Detectus, or practise brachygraphy, &c. that will aske a great deal of attention: or let him demonstrate a proposition in Euclide in his five last books, extract a square root, or studie Algebra: than which, as gClavius holds, in all humane disciplines nothing can be more excellent and pleasant, so abstruse and recondite, so bewitching, so miraculous, so ravishing, so easie withal and full of delight, omnem humanum captum superare videtur . By this means you may define ex ungue leonem , as the diverbe is, by his thumb alone the bigness of Hercules, or the true dimensions of the great  hColossus, Solomons temple, and Domitians amphitheater, out of a little part. By this art you may contemplate the variation of the 23 letters…."

g Ad. 2. definit.2. elem.   In disciplinis humanis nihil praestantius reperitur: quippe miracula quaedam numerorum eruit tam abstrusa et recondita, tanta nihilo minus facilitate et voluptate, ut, &c.

h Which contained 1080000 weight of brass.

The Anatomy of Melancholy, Part. 2, Sec. 2, Mem. 4

Abracadabra (continued)

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 12:00 AM

Yesterday's post Ad Meld featured Harry Potter (succeeding in business),
a 4×6 array from a video of the song "Abracadabra," and a link to a post
with some background on the 4×6 Miracle Octad Generator  of R.T. Curtis.

A search tonight for related material on the Web yielded…

(Click to enlarge.)

IMAGE- Art by Steven H. Cullinane displayed as his own in Steve Richards's Piracy Project contribution

   Weblog post by Steve Richards titled "The Search for Invariants:
   The Diamond Theory of Truth, the Miracle Octad Generator
   and Metalibrarianship." The artwork is by Steven H. Cullinane.
   Richards has omitted Cullinane's name and retitled the artwork.

The author of the post is an artist who seems to be interested in the occult.

His post continues with photos of pages, some from my own work (as above), some not.

My own work does not  deal with the occult, but some enthusiasts of "sacred geometry" may imagine otherwise.

The artist's post concludes with the following (note also the beginning of the preceding  post)—


"The Struggle of the Magicians" is a 1914 ballet by Gurdjieff. Perhaps it would interest Harry.

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