Friday, February 13, 2015

Zero Theorem

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:30 AM

I do not know what equation the title
"Media Equation" of the late David Carr's
column refers to.

Perhaps "0 = Dark 30" ?

(Here the "30" refers to the traditional
code signifying the end of a news story.)

Friday, July 26, 2013

The Zero Theorem

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:27 PM

Max Bialystock discovers a new playwright

Related material:  Here, here, and here.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Zero Theorem

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

"Je repârs à zéro." — Awakening theme from Inception

This morning's New York Times :

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Zero Theorem

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:25 AM

See "Mind of Winter" in this journal.

"And we may see the meadow in December…."

Monday, March 9, 2020

The Bucharest Cross

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

For fans of "The Zero Theorem" —

The 24 permutations of S4 arranged on a cube
by Cristi Stoica of Bucharest at

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Bucharest Physics

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 3:52 PM

Update of 10:30 PM ET the same day —

For some philosophical background, including an I Ching  diagram, see . . .

See as well my own 8×8 diagram (1989) related to the I Ching .

Sunday, September 17, 2017


Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:40 AM

"My guess is you're looking for 
the least, little entity."

— Subtitle in "The Zero Theorem"
from the previous post.

Related material —

See as well some purely mathematical properties of a byte
discussed here on July 7, 2011.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Zero Monstrance

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 6:00 AM

From "The Metaphysics of Entities," a post of Sept. 20, 2014 —

Anthony Lane in The New Yorker  on a 2013 film —

"The hero of 'The Zero Theorem' is a computer genius
called Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz)…. He is the sole
resident of a derelict church, where, on a crucifix in front
of the altar, the head of Christ has been replaced by a
security camera. No prayers are ever said, and none are

Related dialogue from a 2008 film

Another view of the Zero Theorem derelict church —

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Found …

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 11:02 PM

( A sequel to the previous post, Lost )

From a link, "A Little Boy and a Little Girl," found in a Log24
search for Andersen + Atlantic

"A few flakes of snow were falling, and one of them, rather larger
than the rest, alighted on the edge of one of the flower boxes.
This snow-flake grew larger and larger, till at last it became
the figure of a woman, dressed in garments of white gauze,
which looked like millions of starry snow-flakes linked together.
She was fair and beautiful, but made of ice—
shining and glittering ice." — "The Snow Queen"

Related material —

Analogue of the little boy from "The Snow Queen" in "Equals" (2015) —

"Nice piece of ice." — Brendan Fraser in
"The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" (2008).

See also the concept that everything adds up to nothing in
"The Zero Theorem" (2013) 

and the Conway-Norton-Ryba theorem (2017).

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Development Hell

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:55 PM

Two readings —

On the director of "The Zero Theorem" —

Terry Gilliam Finally Wraps on ‘Don Quixote’ Film After 17 Years.

More seriously —

On a Spanish author who reportedly died at 86 on Sunday, June 4.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Point Zero

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 1:09 PM

A footnote from page 229 of Sydney Padua’s April 21, 2015, book
on Lovelace and Babbage —

Monday, December 26, 2016

For What It’s Worth

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:00 PM

The previous post introduced the phrase "secondary meaning."
A discussion —

" In order to establish a secondary meaning for a term,
a plaintiff 'must show that the primary significance in
the minds of the consuming public is not the product
but the producer.' "


See also The Zero Theorem and Bialystock in this journal.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Zero Obit

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 9:00 PM

From St. Patrick's Day 2016 —

Solomon Marcus obituary

See also posts mentioning
Terry Gilliam's film "The Zero Theorem."

Friday, December 18, 2015


Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:00 PM

A prequel to the 2013 film "The Zero Theorem" —

"Down below, infinitely deep into the blackness,
things were beginning. The blackness had
arranged itself into a whirlpool…."

— Peter Dickinson, A Box of Nothing  (1985),
    "Chapter 19: Star Tree"

— may serve as a sequel to the life of the book's author.

(See Dickinson Sequel in this journal.)

Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Zero System

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

For the title phrase, see Encyclopedia of Mathematics .
The zero system  illustrated in the previous post*
should not be confused with the cinematic Zero Theorem .

* More precisely, in the part showing the 15 lines fixed under
   a zero-system polarity in PG(3,2).  For the zero system 
   itself, see diamond-theorem correlation.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Intruders for Mira

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:25 PM

"Intruders" star Mira Sorvino in "The Last Templar" —

Happy birthday.


Friday, July 3, 2015

Crunching Entities*

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:19 PM

A figure I prefer to the "Golden Tablet" of Night at the Museum —

IMAGE- The natural symplectic polarity in PG(3,2), illustrating a symplectic structure

The source — The Log24 post "Zero System" of July 31, 2014.

* For the title, see The New Yorker  of Sept. 22, 2014.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Language Game

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:01 PM

Continued from December 5 .

The previous post dealt with video game pioneer Ralph Baer. 
Here is a link in honor of mathematician Reinhold  Baer 
(see Baer in  Zero System , a post from the feast of St. Ignatius
Loyola in 2014.)

The posts in Reinhold 's link (those tagged "Yankee Puzzle")
include a reference to the Zero System post. The link tag was
suggested in part by the devil's claws in yesterday morning's post 
The Kernel Conundrum and in part by last night's 
Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Tom Hanks.

Hanks as the Harvard "symbologist" from the
novels of Dan Brown —

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Eye/Mind Conflict

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 10:25 AM

Harold Rosenberg, "Art and Words," 
The New Yorker , March 29, 1969. From page 110:

"An advanced painting of this century inevitably gives rise
in the spectator to a conflict between his eye and his mind; 
as Thomas Hess has pointed out, the fable of the emperor's 
new clothes is echoed at the birth of every modemist art 
movement. If work in a new mode is to be accepted, the 
eye/mind conflict must be resolved in favor of the mind; 
that is, of the language absorbed into the work. Of itself, 
the eye is incapable of breaking into the intellectual system 
that today distinguishes between objects that are art and 
those that are not. Given its primitive function of 
discriminating among things in shopping centers and on 
highways, the eye will recognize a Noland as a fabric
design, a Judd as a stack of metal bins— until the eye's 
outrageous philistinism has been subdued by the drone of 
formulas concerning breakthroughs in color, space, and 
even optical perception (this, too, unseen by the eye, of 
course). It is scarcely an exaggeration to say that paintings 
are today apprehended with the ears. Miss Barbara Rose, 
once a promoter of striped canvases and aluminum boxes, 
confesses that words are essential to the art she favored 
when she writes, 'Although the logic of minimal art gained 
critical respect, if not admiration, its reductiveness allowed
for a relatively limited art experience.' Recent art criticism 
has reversed earlier procedures: instead of deriving principles 
from what it sees, it teaches the eye to 'see' principles; the 
writings of one of America's influential critics often pivot on 
the drama of how he failed to respond to a painting or 
sculpture the first few times he saw it but, returning to the 
work, penetrated the concept that made it significant and
was then able to appreciate it. To qualify as a member of the 
art public, an individual must be tuned to the appropriate 
verbal reverberations of objects in art galleries, and his 
receptive mechanism must be constantly adjusted to oscillate 
to new vocabularies."

New vocabulary illustrated:

Graphic Design and a Symplectic Polarity —

Background: The diamond theorem
and a zero system .

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Metaphysics of Entities

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:00 AM

Anthony Lane in The New Yorker , issue dated Sept. 22, 2014:

"The hero of 'The Zero Theorem' is a computer genius called Qohen Leth
(Christoph Waltz)…. He is the sole resident of a derelict church, where,
on a crucifix in front of the altar, the head of Christ has been replaced by
a security camera. No prayers are ever said, and none are answered.

In short, the place is deconsecrated, but to claim that it lacks any spark of
sacred yearning would be wrong, because Qohen devotes his days to seeking
the Zero Theorem, which—whatever it may be—lies at the fuzzy limit of
human powers. We crunch entities,” he says, as if that explained anything.
His employer is Mancom, a large corporation that, in Orwellian fashion,
oversees ordinary lives, although it betrays more frantic desperation than
glowering threat."

One approach to the metaphysics of entities was indicated in the previous
post, 'Metaphysics for Gilliam." A different approach:

"Categories, Sets, and the Nature of Mathematical Entities,"
by Jean-Pierre Marquis, Ch. 13, pp. 181-192, in the 2006 book
The Age of Alternative Logics , ed. by van Benthem et al.
(Springer, Netherlands).

From pages 182-183 —

13.2 The nature of mathematical entities

Let us start with the nature of mathematical entities in general and with a
rough and classical distinction that will simply set the stage for the picture we
want to develop. We essentially follow Lowe 1998* for the basic distinctions. We
need to distinguish between abstract and concrete entities, on the one hand, and
universals and particulars on the other hand. For our purpose, it is not necessary
to specify a criterion of demarcation between abstract and concrete entities. We
simply assume that such a distinction can be made, e.g. concrete entities can
change whereas abstract entities cannot. We assume that a universal is an entity
that can be instantiated by entities which themselves are not instantiable, the
latter being of course particulars. Given these distinctions, an entity can be a
concrete particular, a concrete universal, an abstract particular or an abstract

Our focus here is between the last two possibilities. For we claim that the
current conception of sets makes them abstract particulars whereas for objects
defined within categories, mathematical entities are abstract universals. This,
we claim, is true of category theory as it is.

* Lowe, E.J., 1998, The Possibility of Metaphysics , Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Metaphysics for Gilliam

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:29 PM

See also…

Related remarks: Diederik Aerts at arXiv.org.

See also Aerts (as above) on the metaphysics of entities  (1984):

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Zero System

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 6:11 PM

The title phrase (not to be confused with the film 'The Zero Theorem')
means, according to the Encyclopedia of Mathematics,
a null system , and

"A null system is also called null polarity,
a symplectic polarity or a symplectic correlation….
it is a polarity such that every point lies in its own
polar hyperplane."

See Reinhold Baer, "Null Systems in Projective Space,"
Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society, Vol. 51
(1945), pp. 903-906.

An example in PG(3,2), the projective 3-space over the
two-element Galois field GF(2):

IMAGE- The natural symplectic polarity in PG(3,2), illustrating a symplectic structure

See also the 10 AM ET post of Sunday, June 8, 2014, on this topic.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Zone

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:26 PM

Wernher von Braun

See also The Zero Theorem in this journal.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

More or Less by Chance

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:14 PM

From the date of Piene’s death —

See also Zero Theorem in this journal.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Green Night

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:56 AM

See “Babbled” in this journal and

Update of 3:15 AM ET —

Suggestions for Terry Gilliam, director of The Zero Theorem  and Brazil —

See posts of April 26, 2013, and of February 2, 2014, as well as
a note from the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra.

Thursday, December 12, 2013


Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:27 PM

The late Colin Wilson appears at the head
of this afternoon's New York Times  obituaries —

Margalit Fox's description this afternoon of 
Wilson's first book, from 1956—

"The Outsider  had an aim no less ambitious
than its scope: to delineate the meaning of
human existence."

This suggests a review of Log24 posts on "The Zero Theorem"
that yields—

IMAGE- Barry Mazur: 'A good story is an end in itself.'

See also Log24 on the date of Wilson's death.

Related material: Devil's Night, 2011.

Friday, November 1, 2013


Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:45 PM

In memory of Anca Petrescu,
"the Albert Speer of Communism."

(Click to enlarge.)

IMAGE- A chapel in Bucharest from 'The Zero Theorem' and remarks by director Terry Gilliam

Source: www.thezerotheorem-movie.com.

The Gilliam quotes are from insidemovies.ew.com.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

An Effective Team:

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 8:20 PM

Underworld and Evolution

This journal on 9/11, 2009 —

Cover of 'Underworld,' by Don DeLillo, First Edition, Advance Reader's Copy, 1997

Poster for Kate Beckinsale in a film
released on 9/11, 2009 —

For Qohen Leth — A quotation from
this journal on 9/11, 2009 — 

"Time and chance
happeneth to them all."
— Ecclesiastes  9:11  

Thursday, August 29, 2013

An End in Itself

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:24 PM

(Mathematics and Narrative, continued from May 9, 2013)

IMAGE- Barry Mazur: 'A good story is an end in itself.'

See also Scriba's The Concept of Number and,
from the date of his death, The Zero Theorem.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Crying of Bucharest

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:02 PM

From a reported interview with Terry Gilliam:

Question: "You said in an interview that The Zero Theorem
was very influenced by Bucharest. In what way?"

Some related material from Log24:

IMAGE- 'Bright Star,' from March 30, 2013

See also a Google search from this evening—

— and the beginning of the Zero Theorem  screenplay —

A rim of swirling light appears, circling helplessly into a
gigantic BLACK HOLE. It spirals inward…

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Mathematics and Narrative (continued)

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:00 PM

"Why history?
Well, the essence of history  is story ,
and a good story is an end in itself."

— Barry Mazur, "History of Mathematics  as a tool,"
    February 17, 2013

This  journal on February 17, 2013:

FROM Christoph Waltz

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:12 AM 

"Currently in post-production": The Zero Theorem.

For Christoph Waltz

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:00 AM 

Raiders of the Lost Tesseract  continues…

SOCRATES: Is he not better off in knowing his ignorance?
MENO: I think that he is.
SOCRATES: If we have made him doubt, and given him the 'torpedo's shock,' have we done him any harm?
MENO: I think not.

Torpedo… LOS!

IMAGE- Theodore Sturgeon, 1972 reviews of Del Rey's 'Pstalemate' and Le Guin's 'Lathe of Heaven'   

See also today's previous post.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

FROM Christoph Waltz

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:12 AM

"Currently in post-production": The Zero Theorem.

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