Log24

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Faust at Harvard (For Bohr’s Birthday)

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM

Today's Harvard Crimson

Students Discuss Mental Health

In an effort to break the silence on an often-stigmatized topic,
members of the Harvard community gathered to share
experiences with mental illness through spoken word,
interpretive dance, and candid conversations at Friday night’s
second-annual “Words on the Mind” open mic night.

Related material from this  journal on Friday

The Hallowed Crucible

Some related symbolism (headings added Oct. 7)—

Words:

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11C/111119-NuclearSymbol-75sq.jpg

Applied Mathematics
(See Nov. 19, 2011.)

The Mind:

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11C/111118-CentralProjection.gif

Pure Mathematics
(See Tesseract.)


Today's (Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012)  Google Doodle for Bohr's birthday—


Review
  (See also Faust in Copenhagen in this journal)—

» more

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Quotes for Michaelmas

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:48 PM

A search in this journal for material related to the previous post
on theta characteristics yields

"The Solomon Key  is the working title of an unreleased
novel in progress by American author Dan Brown. 
The Solomon Key  will be the third book involving the
character of the Harvard professor Robert Langdon,
of which the first two were Angels & Demons  (2000) and 
The Da Vinci Code  (2003)." — Wikipedia

"One has O+(6) ≅ S8, the symmetric group of order 8! …."
 — "Siegel Modular Forms and Finite Symplectic Groups,"
by Francesco Dalla Piazza and Bert van Geemen, 
May 5, 2008, preprint.

"It was only in retrospect
that the silliness
became profound."

— Review of   
Faust in Copenhagen

"The page numbers
are generally reliable."

— Michaelmas 2007 

For further backstory, click the above link "May 5, 2008," 
which now leads to all posts tagged on080505

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Two Characters

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

Yesterday, May 29, was JFK's birthday.
The above is a belated quotation for that occasion.

Click on the quotation for truth instead of rhetoric.

(Why the above Google Books description of the quotation's
source is in Danish, I do not know. A search for
Bohr + Chinese in this journal may be relevant, as may
also be Faust in Copenhagen.)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Plots

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:02 AM

In memory of Copenhagen saxophonist John Tchicai,
who reportedly died last Sunday, October 7, 2012—

IMAGE- John Tchicai album 'Look to the Neutrino'

Quoted in this journal on the reported date of his death

IMAGE- NY Times review of 'Faust in Copenhagen'

But passion ever spins our plots,
And Gretchen is my treasure!

— Wolfgang Pauli character in
     Faust in Copenhagen

Related material—

"Physik als Quelle der Spiritualität:
Ein Weg von 'Gretchen' zurück zu 'Beatrice'?
 
 "
by Bruno Binggeli

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Summer Reading

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"What summer reading needs to be is purposeful."

New York Times  opinion column today

One of a set of posts titled "Summer Reading"
in this journal in 2007—

(Click for the original post)

IMAGE- Log24 post from August 21, 2007 - 'In the Details'

It was only in retrospect
that the silliness
became profound.

— Review of   
Faust in Copenhagen

Friday, January 22, 2010

Meta Physics

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 AM

Church Emblem

Yin-Yang emblem of duality in Niels Bohr's coat of arms, Frederiksborg Castle Church

Related material:

Faust in Copenhagen,
Meta Physics,
and yesterday's entry.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Friday September 11, 2009

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For 9/11

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

 

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

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

Related material:

1. The previous entry, on
  Copenhagen physicist
Aage Bohr, and      
2. Notes from this journal
 from Bohr's birthday,
 June 19th, through  
        Midsummer Night, 2007…
 including notes on   
  Faust in Copenhagen
   3. Walpurgisnacht 2008 and
 Walpurgisnacht 2009

Monday, May 5, 2008

Monday May 5, 2008

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Lottery Sermon

"And take upon's
the mystery of things
 as if we were God's spies"
King Lear  

PA Lottery Sunday, May 4, 2008: mid-day 170, evening 144

From Log24 on Aug. 19, 2003
and on Ash Wednesday, 2004:
a reviewer on
An Instance of the Fingerpost::

"Perhaps we are meant to
see the story as a cubist
   retelling of the crucifixion."

From Log24 on
Michaelmas 2007:

Kate Beckinsale (in 'Pearl Harbor') pointing to an instance of the number 144

Google searches suggested by
Sunday's PA lottery numbers
(mid-day 170, evening 144)
and by the above
figure of Kate Beckinsale
pointing to an instance of
the number 144 —

Click to enlarge:

Search for the meaning of 170 and 144, the PA lottery numbers of Sunday, May 4, 2008

Related material:

Beckinsale in another film
(See At the Crossroads,
Log24, Dec. 8, 2006):

"For every kind of vampire,
there is a kind of cross."
Gravity's Rainbow  
 
Kate Beckinsale in Underworld: Evolution

 

Kate Beckinsale, adapted from
poster for Underworld: Evolution
(DVD release date 6/6/6)
 
There is such a thing
as a tesseract.

"It was only in retrospect
that the silliness
became profound."

— Review of  
Faust in Copenhagen

From the conclusion of
Joan Didion's 1970 novel
  Play It As It Lays

Cover of 'Play It As It Lays'

"I know what 'nothing' means,
and keep on playing."

From Play It As It Lays,
the paperback edition of 1990
  (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) —

Page 170:

"By the end of a week she was thinking constantly
about where her body stopped and the air began,
about the exact point in space and time that was the
difference between Maria and other. She had the sense
that if she could get that in her mind and hold it for

170  

even one micro-second she would have what she had
come to get."

"The page numbers
are generally reliable."

Michaelmas 2007   

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thursday November 22, 2007

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Aspects of Symmetry

For theoretical physicist
Sidney Coleman,

Sidney Coleman (photo from Harvard  home page)

who died on Sunday
(Nov. 18, 2007)

A comment at Peter Woit’s weblog today:

T says (3:43 AM today)

I still don’t quite understand what *EXACTLY* Sidney Coleman contributed that merits such deep reverence for him after his demise; was he like Weinberg – i.e. a very intuitive and thoughtful field theorist – or Feynman – a highly creative and original thinker; or simply a good teacher who taught at (world-famous) Harvard – and hence his stature?

My reply (4:26 AM today, awaiting moderation):

T: The following quotes may be of interest.

“Sidney Coleman comes as close as any active physicist to assuming the mantle of Wolfgang Pauli as a trenchant critic of research and as an expositor of ongoing developments in theoretical physics.” –Book review of Aspects of Symmetry

“He has… played the role of Wolfgang Pauli of his generation; he liked to disprove ideas, and he was also a genius in explaining things to others.” –Lubos Motl

Related material:

Faust in Copenhagen

and

Kernel of Eternity

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Sunday November 18, 2007

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:02 AM
For Martin Scorsese
on his birthday, from
the New York Lottery:

Words and Music

Words:
In the Details

"It was only in retrospect
 that the silliness became profound.
The players were becoming possessors
of 'a truth with implicit powers
of good and evil,' Gino Segrè writes
in Faust in Copenhagen

And 'the devil… was in the details.'"

— George Johnson of
The New York Times,
quoted in Log24 on 6/23.

Music:
A Black Berry

"Her wall is filled with pictures,
she gets 'em one by one…."

Chuck Berry, quoted
in Log24 on 2/13.

NY Lottery Nov. 17, 2007: Midday 623, Evening 213

Related material:
Yesterday's Log24 entry

BlackBerry with pictures from Log24

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Saturday September 22, 2007

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Retrospect

"It was only in retrospect
that the silliness
became profound."
— Review of  
Faust in Copenhagen

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Tuesday July 24, 2007

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:11 AM
The Church of St. Frank

See yesterday’s entries for
some relevant quotations
from Wallace Stevens.

Further quotations for what
Marjorie Garber, replying to
a book review by
Frank Kermode, has called
the Church of St. Frank“–

Frank Kermode on

Harold Bloom:

“He has… a great, almost
selfish passion for poetry,
and he interprets difficult
texts as if there were no
more important activity
in the world, which may
be right.”

Page 348 of Wallace Stevens:
The Poems of Our Climate
,
by Harold Bloom
(1977, Cornell U. Press):

“The fiction of the leaves is now Stevens’ fiction…. Spring, summer, and autumn adorn the rock of reality even as a woman is adorned, the principle being the Platonic one of copying the sun as source of all images….

… They are more than leaves
              that cover the barren rock….

They bear their fruit    
             so that the year is known….

If they are more than leaves, then they are no longer language, and the leaves have ceased to be tropes or poems and have become magic or mysticism, a Will-to-Power over nature rather than over the anteriority of poetic imagery.”

For more on magic, mysticism, and the Platonic “source of all images,” see Scott McLaren on “Hermeticism and the Metaphysics of Goodness in the Novels of Charles Williams.” McLaren quotes Evelyn Underhill on magic vs. mysticism:

The fundamental difference between the two is this: magic wants to get, mysticism wants to give […] In mysticism the will is united with the emotions in an impassioned desire to transcend the sense-world in order that the self may be joined by love to the one eternal and ultimate Object of love […] In magic, the will unites with the intellect in an impassioned desire for supersensible knowledge. This is the intellectual, aggressive, and scientific temperament trying to extend its field of consciousness […] (Underhill 84; see also 178ff.)

— Underhill, Evelyn. Mysticism: A Study in the Nature and Development of Man’s Spiritual Consciousness. New York: Dutton, 1911.

For more on what Bloom calls the “Will-to-Power over nature,” see Faust in Copenhagen and the recent (20th- and 21st-century) history of Harvard University. These matters are also discussed inLog24 – Juneteenth through Midsummer Night.”

For more on what Underhill calls “the intellectual, aggressive, and scientific temperament trying to extend its field of consciousness,” see the review, in the August 2007 Notices of the American Mathematical Society, of a book by Douglas Hofstadter– a writer on the nature of consciousness— by magician Martin Gardner.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Saturday June 23, 2007

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 AM
Faust in Copenhagen:
 
A Struggle for
the Soul of Physics

By Gino Segrè

Illustrated. 310 pp.
Viking. $25.95.

 The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix07/FaustInCopenhagen.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

Review in the June 24
New York Times Book Review:

“As though their knowledge of the quantum secrets came with the power of prophecy, some three dozen of Europe’s best physicists ended their 1932 meeting in Copenhagen with a parody of Goethe’s ‘Faust.’….

It was only in retrospect that the silliness became profound. The players were becoming possessors of ‘a truth with implicit powers of good and evil,’ Gino Segrè writes inFaust in Copenhagen,’ his inventive new book about the era. And ‘the devil… was in the details.'” –George Johnson

Related material:

This week’s entries
on Pauli and Faust,
the entries of
  June 3 through June 6,
and the five entries
ending on April 7, 2005,
with “In the Details

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Wednesday June 20, 2007

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 1:06 AM

Kernel

Mathematical Reviews citation:

MR2163497 (2006g:81002) 81-03 (81P05)
Gieser, Suzanne The innermost kernel. Depth psychology and quantum physics. Wolfgang Pauli's dialogue with C. G. Jung. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2005. xiv+378 pp. ISBN: 3-540-20856-9

A quote from MR at Amazon.com:

"This revised translation of a Swedish Ph. D. thesis in philosophy offers far more than a discussion of Wolfgang Pauli's encounters with the psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung…. Here the book explains very well how Pauli attempted to extend his understanding beyond superficial esotericism and spiritism…. To understand Pauli one needs books like this one, which… seems to open a path to a fuller understanding of Pauli, who was seeking to solve a quest even deeper than quantum physics." (Arne Schirrmacher, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2006g)
 

An excerpt:

 

The image “http://www.log24.com/theory/images/PauliSquare.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

I do not yet know what Gieser means by "the innermost kernel." The following is my version of a "kernel" of sorts– a diagram well-known to students of anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss and art theorist Rosalind Krauss:

The four-group is also known as the Vierergruppe or Klein group.  It appears, notably, as the translation subgroup of A, the group of 24 automorphisms of the affine plane over the 2-element field, and therefore as the kernel of the homomorphism taking A to the group of 6 automorphisms of the projective line over the 2-element field. (See Finite Geometry of the Square and Cube.)

Related material:

The "chessboard" of
   Nov. 7, 2006
(as revised Nov. 7, 2012)–

I Ching chessboard. Previous version replaced on Nov. 7, 2012, by original 1989 chessboard arrangement

I Ching chessboard

None of this material really has much to do with the history of physics, except for its relation to the life and thought of physicist Wolfgang Pauli— the "Mephistopheles" of the new book Faust in Copenhagen. (See previous entry.)

"Only gradually did I discover
what the mandala really is:
'Formation, Transformation,
Eternal Mind's eternal recreation'"

(Faust, Part Two, as
quoted by Jung in
Memories, Dreams, Reflections)
 

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Tuesday June 19, 2007

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:17 PM
 Faustus is gone:
regard his hellish fall


Marlowe

I have just read, in the New York Times Book Review that arrived in yesterday’s mail, a review of Segre’s Faust in Copenhagen.  The review, on news stands next Sunday, was titled by the Times “Meta Physicists.”

On Faust— today’s noon entry and yesterday’s “Nightmare Lessons.”

On “Meta Physicists“– an entry of June 6, on Cullinane College, has a section titled “Meta Physics.”

On Copenhagen— an entry of Bloomsday Eve, 2004 on a native of that city.

Another Dane:

“Words, words, words.”
Hamlet

Another metaphysics:

“317 is a prime,
not because we think so,
or because our minds
are shaped in one way
rather than another,
but because it is so,
because mathematical
reality is built that way.”

 — G. H. Hardy,
A Mathematician’s Apology

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Label

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 5:35 PM

And the sailor said Brandy, you’re a fine girl . . . .

The Ghost Writer

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 3:14 PM

See also Litsky’s obituary from All Saints’ Day, 2018.

Litsky reportedly died on October 30, 2018 — Devil’s Night.

Theology for Jews

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 2:42 PM

See also Aloha.

But see as well . . .

Click to enlarge the above story by Paul Meyer, Dayton sports writer.

Structure

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The New Republic , June 1, 2020

“Ehrenreich is a writer of structure:
Her work moves level by level,
starting at the surface of
our most obvious inequalities
before pulling back to reveal
the subtleties of systemic failure.”

Sure she is. Sure it does.

Scripting Continues.

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“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” — Joan Didion

See Lippincott’s obituary in today’s online New York Times.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Moneypenny Galore

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:32 AM

For those who prefer a forked  tongue —

Friday, May 29, 2020

Scripting

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:30 PM

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” — Joan Didion

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Unity Game

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 11:59 PM

“Old men ought to be explorers.” — T. S. Eliot

“Everybody’s lost but me!” — Young Indiana Jones, quoted
in a book review (“Knox Peden on Martin Hägglund”) in
Sydney Review of Books  on May 26 . . .

” Here I am reminded of the words of
the young Indiana Jones alone in the desert,
decades before the Last Crusade:
‘Everybody’s lost but me.’ “

 Related remarks — Now You See It, Now You Don’t.

Finite Geometry at GitHub

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 5:04 PM

My website on finite geometry is now available
on GitHub at http://m759.github.io/ . The part
of greatest interest to coders is also at
https://repl.it/@m759/View-4x4x4#index.html .

Monday, May 25, 2020

Cyberface

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:45 PM

(A sequel to D8ing the Joystick)

Adam Gopnik today in The New Yorker

In remote therapy sessions, with the loss of familiarly structured
therapeutic spaces, a kind of staring contest takes place.”

This  journal on the above YouTube date — May 28, 2011 —

“Two things of opposite natures seem to depend
On one another, as a man depends
On a woman, day on night, the imagined
On the real. This is the origin of change.
Winter and spring, cold copulars, embrace
And forth the particulars of rapture come.”

— Wallace Stevens,
“Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction,”
Canto IV of “It Must Change”

Update of 5:45  PM ET —

The  above May 28, 2011, Stevens quotation is from a post
titled “Savage Detectives.” A related image starring Sean Young —

D8ing Continues.

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:27 PM

Note the purple mask.

See also a note on the fictional characters Wintermute and Neuromancer.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Scholarly History

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:39 PM

On “emergence, institutionalization and (importantly) legitimation …
(with its resource allocation system and authority structure)” —

“It’s still the same old story.” — Song lyric

See as well other posts now tagged Raiding Minsky’s.

Something to Look At

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 4:24 PM

Stephen Ornes in Quanta Magazine  today —

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE:
Symbolic Mathematics Finally Yields to Neural Networks

“Another possible direction for the neural net to explore
is the development of automated theorem generators.
Mathematicians are increasingly investigating ways to
use AI to generate new theorems and proofs, though
‘the state of the art has not made a lot of progress,’
Lample said.  ‘It’s something we’re looking at.’ “

As is Stephanie Dick.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Classics Illustrated

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:32 PM

Related image —

Friday, May 8, 2020

Die Einheit

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:35 AM

E ”  is for “Einheit.

See also “The Unity.”

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Now You See It, Now You Don’t

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 11:00 PM

“Mathematics may be art, but to the general public it is
a black art, more akin to magic and mystery. This presents
a constant challenge to the mathematical community: to explain
how art fits into our subject and what we mean by beauty.”

— Sir Michael Atiyah, quoted here on April 4, 2016

 

Illustrations, from the American Mathematical Society Spring
2020 book sale, of a book scheduled to be published May 28.

Notes on MSRI (Pronounced “Misery”)

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Gimme the beat, boys, and free my soul.

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Kant as Diamond Cutter

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“He wished Kant were alive. Kant would have appreciated it.
That master diamond cutter.”

— Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance , Part III.

Kant’s  “category theory” —

In the Transcendental Analytic, Kant deduces the table of twelve categories, or pure concepts of the understanding….

The categories must be ‘schematized’ because their non-empirical origin in pure understanding prevents their having the sort of sensible content that would connect them immediately to the objects of experience; transcendental schemata are mediating representations that are meant to establish the connection between pure concepts and appearances in a rule-governed way. Mathematical concepts are discussed in this context since they are unique in being pure but also sensible concepts: they are pure because they are strictly a priori  in origin, and yet they are sensible since they are constructed in concreto . ”

— Shabel, Lisa, “Kant’s Philosophy of Mathematics”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy  (Spring 2016 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/spr2016/entries/kant-mathematics/>.

See also The Diamond Theorem and Octad.us.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Identity Problem

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:01 PM

The phrase “problem of identity” in the previous post suggests a search
for other instances of the phrase. That search yields a talk by Andrei Rodin:

A later book by Rodin echoes Vladimir Arnold‘s remark
that “mathematics is a part of physics.” (Rodin is a Russian
who apparently worships at the Church of Scientism.)

The Rodin talk is dated 19 November 2012.

For some very different philosophical remarks, by poet
Wallace Stevens, see the Log24 posts of 19 November 2012.

“The Ship of Theseus”…

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:17 PM

is a philosophical conundrum  discussed this morning  in the weblog of
David Justice.

A related statement of this “problem of identity,” from posts
in this  weblog tagged “For Banff 2009” yesterday afternoon

Remarks related to the ship of Theseus —

Friday, April 17, 2020

A Mechanism of Fission

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 3:01 PM

The above title was suggested by the previous post, Explosive Remarks.

'On Froebel's Third Gift,' from 'Paradise of Childhood,' 1906

Explosive Remarks

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Here is the background to Wheeler’s explosive remarks.

John Archibald Wheeler, director of the Center
for Theoretical Physics at the University of Texas,
is one of the world’s top theoretical physicists.
In 1939 he and Niels Bohr published a paper on
‘The Mechanism of Nuclear Fission”
that laid the groundwork for atomic and hydrogen bombs.
Wheeler later played major roles in their development.”

For a rather different explosion of Wheeler’s views, see the previous post.

Introduction to Quantum Woo

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:07 AM

In his big book, Gravity  [sic ], Wheeler puts our space
into what he calls superspace, and speculates on the
most basic physical laws which operate on superspace.
He comes to the (to me) surprising conclusion that the
rock-bottom laws are the laws of the propositional calculus!”

Martin Gardner, letter to Donald E. Knuth, 8 January 1976,
on cover of Notices of the American Mathematical Society ,
March 2011 issue.

Fact check —

Related reading

Thursday, April 16, 2020

A Four-Color Epic

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 4:15 PM

A love story of epic, epic, epic proportion” — Kristen Stewart

See also the following letter to Knuth on four-color enthusiast
Spencer-Brown, as well as Tim Robinson on the same subject
in his book My Time in Space .

Snow White’s Time in Space

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:32 PM

Kristen Stewart — 'Freezin' my ass off'

See as well Pi Day 2020.

The Dreaming

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Death Warmed Over

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:01 PM

In memory of the author of  My Time in Space * —

Tim Robinson, who reportedly died on April 3 —

 See also an image from a Log24 post, Gray Space

Related material from Robinson’s reported date of death —

* First edition, hardcover, Lilliput Press, Ireland, April 1, 2001.

Oslo Prophet (after Varignon)

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:06 PM

See also Invariance, a Log24 post from yesterday morning

Note the resemblance to Plato’s Diamond.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Invariance

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:00 AM

Note the resemblance to Plato’s Diamond.

Click the Pritchard passage above for an interactive version.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Compare and Contrast.

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 9:38 PM

Logos —

See also Devs .

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Letter to the World

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 10:00 PM

Pace  Emily Dickinson.

Play Date

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 7:15 PM

Today's 4:02 AM ET post, "Steinfeld as Rose the Hat,"
suggests a review —

A more impressive woman in white

Update of 8 PM ET —

Beckinsale gives Oct. 5, 2001, as the date of the New York
premiere of the film "Serendipity."  Synchronology check:

Beckinsale's premiere date — Oct. 5, 2001 — is incorrect.
The film was released  on that date, but its New York premiere
was actually on Oct. 3, 2001. See Getty Images.

Bee Season

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 6:23 AM

See the 2005 post Structure and a Log24 search for Bumblebee.

Steinfeld as Rose the Hat

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:02 AM

Above, Hailee Steinfeld in a fanciful portrayal
of poet Emily Dickinson.

"Wakey, Wakey!" — Doctor Sleep

Language Games: Reflection

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:20 AM

The conclusion of an elegy for George Steiner 
in th Times Literary Supplement  issue dated
March 13, 2020 —

"What distinguishes humans from other animals, Johann Gottfried Herder
suggested in his essay On the Origin of Language (1772), is not so much
their capacity for language as their capacity for arriving at general reflection
(Besonnenheit ) through language. Few thinkers of the postwar era can be
said to have pursued this reflection with as much range and rigour as George
Steiner.

Ben Hutchinson is Professor of European Literature at the University of Kent
and Director of the Paris School of Arts and Culture. His most recent book is 

Comparative Literature: A very short introduction, 2018 ."

See as well . . .

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Hunger Game for a “Pop Culture Star”

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 9:46 PM

"A hunger to be more serious"

Arts & Letters Daily  on the late
    George Steiner, who reportedly
    died on February 3, 2020

The New York Times  on a Sunday death —

A Midrash —

Serious —

Elegy for a Language Animal

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

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Architect’s Elegy

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:31 PM

On Boston's Hancock Tower:

"I reflect that all art, all beauty, is reflection."

Fictional character by John Updike (July 1976)

The architect of the tower reportedly died Monday.

See as well "Reflections: Disturbing the Universe I"
by the late Freeman Dyson in The New Yorker
issue dated August 6, 1979.

A reflection I prefer:

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Notes Towards the Ministry of Culture

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:22 PM

Same Staircase, Different Day

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 2:18 PM

Freeman Dyson on his staircase at Trinity College
(University of Cambridge) and on Ludwig Wittgenstein:

“I held him in the highest respect and was delighted
to find him living in a room above mine on the same
staircase. I frequently met him walking up or down
the stairs, but I was too shy to start a conversation.”

Frank Close on Ron Shaw:

“Shaw arrived there in 1949 and moved into room K9,
overlooking Jesus Lane. There is nothing particularly
special about this room other than the coincidence that
its previous occupant was Freeman Dyson.”

— Close, Frank. The Infinity Puzzle  (p. 78).
Basic Books. Kindle Edition.

See also other posts now tagged Trinity Staircase.

Illuminati enthusiasts  may enjoy the following image:

'Ex Fano Apollinis'- Fano plane, eightfold cube, and the two combined.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Potter’s Staircase

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:48 PM

See as well "Up the Trinity Staircase" (yesterday afternoon)
and "British Pottery" (Log24 , December 22, 2018).

Template

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:00 PM
 

Roberta Smith on Donald Judd’s
ARTnews Writings:
‘A Great Template for Criticism’ 

BY ALEX GREENBERGER

February 28, 2020 1:04pm

If Minimalist artist Donald Judd is known as a writer at all, it’s likely for one important text— his 1965 essay “Specific Objects,” in which he observed the rise of a new kind of art that collapsed divisions between painting, sculpture, and other mediums. But Judd was a prolific critic, penning shrewd reviews for various publications throughout his career—including ARTnews . With a Judd retrospective going on view this Sunday at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, ARTnews  asked New York Times  co-chief art critic Roberta Smith— who, early in her career, worked for Judd as his assistant— to comment on a few of Judd’s ARTnews  reviews. How would she describe his critical style? “In a word,” she said, “great.” . . . .

 

And then there is Temple Eight, or Ex Fano Apollinis —

'Ex Fano Apollinis'- Fano plane, eightfold cube, and the two combined.

Cicero, In Verrem  II. 1. 46 —

He reached Delos. There one night he secretly   46 
carried off, from the much-revered sanctuary of 
Apollo, several ancient and beautiful statues, and 
had them put on board his own transport. Next 
day, when the inhabitants of Delos saw their sanc- 
tuary stripped of its treasures, they were much 
distressed . . . .
Delum venit. Ibi ex fano Apollinis religiosissimo 
noctu clam sustulit signa pulcherrima atque anti- 
quissima, eaque in onerariam navem suam conicienda 
curavit. Postridie cum fanum spoliatum viderent ii 
qui Delum incolebant, graviter ferebant . . . .

To and Fro…

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:25 AM

Continued .

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2020/02/
the-restless-spirit-of-the-enlightenment/

See as well instances of "to and fro" in this  journal.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Material

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:58 PM

See as well this  journal on that date — Oct. 25, 2013.

Up the Trinity Staircase

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 3:57 PM

Or:  The Newman Prize  Continues.

Freeman Dyson reportedly died today.  In memoriam ,
some remarks by Dyson from Hiroshima Day 1979 —

(Click to enlarge.)

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Classics Illustrated

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 10:46 AM

An image I saved on Oct. 26, 2016 —

Related New York Times  opinion from that
same date —

"Every political movement in a democracy is
shaped like a pyramid — elite actors on the top,
the masses underneath." 

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Remembering Speechlessly

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:54 PM

"Remembering speechlessly we seek
the great forgotten language . . . ."

— Thomas Wolfe 

"At the point of convergence
the play of similarities and differences
cancels itself out in order that 
identity alone may shine forth
The illusion of motionlessness,
the play of mirrors of the one
identity is completely empty;
it is a crystallization and
in its transparent core
the movement of analogy 
begins all over once again."

— The Monkey Grammarian 

by Octavio Paz, translated by Helen Lane 


See also other posts now tagged Transparent Things.

Friday, February 21, 2020

To and Fro, Back and …

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:44 PM

Also on January 27, 2017 . . .

For other appearances of John Hurt here,
see 1984 Cubes.

Update of 12:45 AM Feb. 22 —

A check of later obituaries reveals that Hurt may well
have died on January 25, 2017, not January 27 as above.

Thus the following remarks may be more appropriate:

Not to mention what, why, who, and how.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Hors d’Oeuvre

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , — m759 @ 1:29 PM

From the May Day 2016 link above, in "Sunday Appetizer from 1984"

The 2015 German edition of Beautiful Mathematics ,
a 2011 Mathematical Association of America (MAA) book,
was retitled Mathematische Appetithäppchen —
Mathematical Appetizers . The German edition mentions
the author's source, omitted in the original American edition,
for his section 5.17, "A Group of Operations" (in German,
5.17, "Eine Gruppe von Operationen") —  

Mathematische Appetithäppchen:
Faszinierende Bilder. Packende Formeln. Reizvolle Sätze

Autor: Erickson, Martin

"Weitere Informationen zu diesem Themenkreis finden sich unter

http://​www.​encyclopediaofma​th.​org/
index.​php/​Cullinane_​diamond_​theorem

und

http://​finitegeometry.​org/​sc/​gen/​coord.​html ."

That source was a document that has been on the Web
since 2002. The document was submitted to the MAA
in 1984 but was rejected. The German edition omits the
document's title, and describes it as merely a source for
"further information on this subject area."

From the Gap Dance link above, in "Reading for Devil's Night" —

Das Nichts nichtet.” — Martin Heidegger.

And "Appropriation Appropriates."

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Cleavage

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , — m759 @ 12:55 PM

From Martin Heidegger's
Contributions to Philosophy (From Enowning) , 
Translated by Parvis Emad and Kenneth Maly,
Indiana University Press, 1999 (first published in German
in 1989 as Beiträge zur Philosophie (Vom Ereignis)  but
written in 1936-1938 

"The 'between' [das Zwischen ] is the simple 'bursting open'
that enowns be-ing to a being, which up until then is held back
from what is ownmost to it and is not yet to be named a being.
This 'bursting open' is the clearing for the sheltered. But the
'bursting open' does not disperse. and the clearing is not a mere
emptiness.

The 'between' [das Zwischen ] which bursts open gathers
what it removes into the open of its strifing and refusing
belongingness, moves unto the ab-ground , out of which everything
(god, man, world, earth) recoils in swaying into itself and thus leaves
to be-ing the unique decidedness of en-ownment."

— 270, "The Essential Sway of Be-ing" (p. 341)

"Enownment and enstrifing, historical grounding and decision,
uniqueness and the onefold, what has the character of
the between [Zwischenhafte ] and the cleavage [Geklüft ] —
they never name the essential sway of be-ing as properties
but rather in each case the whole essential swaying* of its essential
sway."

— 270, "The Essential Sway of Be-ing" (p. 342)

* For "swaying" as "unfolding," see (for instance)
the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy  and
also George Kovacs, Thinking and Be-ing in Heidegger's
Beiträge zur Philosophie (Vom Ereignis) ,
Zeta Books, 2015.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Harmonic-Analysis Building Blocks

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:14 PM

See also The Eightfold Cube.

Duke Blocks

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:38 AM

The Wall Street Journal  Jan. 24 on a Duke University professor —

"Dr. Daubechies is best known for her work on mathematical structures
called wavelets; her discoveries have been so influential, in fact, that
these are referred to in the field as Daubechies wavelets. She describes
them as 'mathematical building blocks' that can be used to extract the 
essential elements of images or signals without losing their quality—
in effect, a new universal language for scientists and researchers."

See also this  journal on January 20-21, and …

Friday, January 24, 2020

Lucido Dreaming

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 12:51 PM

Anthony Powell's 'O, How the Wheel Becomes It!' along with Laertes' comment 'This nothing's more than matter.'

(From "Today's Sermon," Jan. 24, 2010.)

Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Demarcation of Nothing

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , , — m759 @ 3:50 PM

" nothing could be demarcated as 'hors d'oeuvre'…"

Geoffrey Hartman in his Haskins Lecture for 2000
(quoted here on Columbus Day, 2004).

See also May Day 2016 and Gap Dance.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Gap Dance

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 12:09 AM

From Wallace Stevens, "The Man with the Blue Guitar":

IX

And the color, the overcast blue
Of the air, in which the blue guitar
Is a form, described but difficult,
And I am merely a shadow hunched
Above the arrowy, still strings,
The maker of a thing yet to be made . . . .

"Arrowy, still strings" from the diamond theorem

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Eye-in-the-Pyramid Points

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:06 PM

"it remains only to choose a pleasing arrangement of {1, 2, … 7}
to label the eye-in-the-pyramid points.
there are, as it’ll turn out, 168 of ’em that’ll work."

— Comment at a weblog on November 27, 2010.

See also Log24 on that date.

The 11/27/2010 comment was on a post dated November 23, 2010.

See also Log24 on that  date.

Precisely.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Dyadic Harmonic Analysis:

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:26 PM

The Fourfold Square and Eightfold Cube

Related material:  A Google image search for "field dream" + log24.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

NowHere

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

The title is suggested by the word "NowHere" on a map
that I encountered in a personal weblog post tonight.

Related Google search —

Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Paradigm Shift

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 1:33 PM

Sheehan, 'Making Sense of Heidegger,' p. 39

Illustration, from a search in this journal for "Symplectic" —

IMAGE- A symplectic structure -- i.e. a structure that is symplectic (meaning plaited or woven).

Some background:  Rift-design  in this journal and

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Mathematical Theology (“Art School Confidential” continues.)

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 7:07 PM

Detail of artwork by Josefine Lyche, 2010

Related academic remarks:

Friday, January 3, 2020

Valhalla Requiem

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 9:59 PM


See also this  journal on Monday, the day of Kupfer's reported death

 

Spectral Woo

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 12:14 PM

 " during that spell between the feasts of Christmas and Epiphany
when ghosts and specters are supposed to be abroad . . . ."

Heinrich Zimmer on  Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Times Literary Supplement , January 3, 2020

Sciences | Book Review

The world is not enough:
Guessing at the game God is playing

By Samuel Graydon

See as well

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Interality

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:25 PM

Structure of the eightfold cube

Nada for Hemingway

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:47 AM

See Nada + Hemingway  in this journal.

'Inner Space' YouTube upload on March 15, 2014

The above upload date suggests a look at 
other posts now tagged Red to Green.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Águila

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:30 PM
"We learned so much
about singing from each other
because you get to sort of
be them for a second
when you're shadowing
them in harmony.
It's like getting on an eagle
and getting to see the world
through that eagle's experience."

Read more: https://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/
movie_script.php?movie=linda-ronstadt-the-sound-of-my-voice

See also Aguila de Oro.

Le Mot Juste

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:23 PM

Related art

Exploring Inner Space* at The New York Times

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:35 AM

From Corrections: Jan. 1, 2020

The astronomy article, by Dennis Overbye, is dated Dec. 23* (a Monday).

The above reference to "Tuesday" is explained by the fine print
at the bottom of the Science Times  article — "A version of this article
appears in print on [Tuesday] , Section D, Page 6 of the
New York edition with the headlineIn Battle of Giant Telescopes,
Outlook for the U.S. Dims." 

From the article as quoted on Thursday, Dec. 26,  
at https://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com

"Now, as the wheels of the academic and government bureaucracy begin to turn, many American astronomers worry that they are following in the footsteps of their physicist colleagues. In 1993, Congress canceled the Superconducting Super Collider, and the United States ceded the exploration of inner space to Europe and CERN, which built the Large Hadron Collider, 27 miles in diameter, where the long-sought Higgs boson was eventually discovered.

The United States no longer builds particle accelerators. There could come a day, soon, when Americans no longer build giant telescopes. That would be a crushing disappointment to a handful of curious humans stuck on Earth, thirsting for cosmic grandeur. In outer space, nobody can hear you cry."

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/23/science/telescopes-magellan-hawaii-astronomy.html

Related material from this  journal on April 2, 2019 —

Cover design by Greg Stadnyk, available in an animated gif.

* See also this  journal on Dec. 23.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Orbit

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 7:34 PM

"December 22, the birth anniversary of India’s famed mathematician
Srinivasa Ramanujan, is celebrated as National Mathematics Day."
Indian Express  yesterday

"Orbits and stabilizers are closely related." — Wikipedia

Symmetries by Plato and R. T. Curtis —

Counting symmetries with the orbit-stabilizer theorem

In the above, 322,560 is the order 
of the octad stabilizer group .

Obit

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 8:16 AM

See as well the previous post and Pacific Science Institute.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Penning

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:38 PM

New Yorker  art critic Peter Schjeldahl 
as quoted today by Margaret Soltan

Unlike computers. See ReactiveX and Observable.

Writer’s Block

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:43 PM

Frindle, Helen. The Sentient Shield .
Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd., Kindle edition. 

“But why, I am not aware or can’t remember anything; previous lives, contracts, whatever.”

“Perhaps not, but the block has been removed. As I understand blocks are placed because the person would not be able to cope with the information of their past life, or lives, or experiences that may have been so terrible. It seems however that what is happening is that you are now needed to wake up and remember and that is why the block has been removed.”

“Wake up. I don’t understand. I am sorry, I keep repeating myself but I don’t understand!”

Maddy shook her herself and went quiet, she thought perhaps she needed to listen to Pam.

“At this present time no, but it has been removed and you will begin to become, let’s say, more aware and remember.”

“Remember what, here I go again, it seems like a riddle to me and I am beginning to feel very odd, in fact even a little frightened. It seems as if we are venturing into things that are rather supernatural.”

Amen. See also The Crosswicks Curse.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

For Harlan Kane* — The Frindle Kindle

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:37 PM

"Thus the nature of reality comes into question…."

Frindle, Helen. The Sentient Shield , author's preface.
Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd. Kindle edition.
Published on December 11, 2018:


————————————————————————————————————–

This  journal on December 11, 2018 —

Etymology of 'profane'

* See as well other references to Harlan Kane in this journal.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Colorful Tale

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

(Continued)

Four-color correspondence in an eightfold array (eightfold cube unfolded)

The above image is from 

"A Four-Color Theorem:
Function Decomposition Over a Finite Field,"
http://finitegeometry.org/sc/gen/mapsys.html.

These partitions of an 8-set into four 2-sets
occur also in Wednesday night's post
Miracle Octad Generator Structure.

This  post was suggested by a Daily News
story from August 8, 2011, and by a Log24
post from that same date, "Organizing the
Mine Workers
" —

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11B/110808-DwarfsParade500w.jpg

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Eternal Color

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 7:34 PM

For the above title, see posts tagged Eternal Color.

From this evening's online New York Times

Related imaterial —

A scene from the film of the above book —

Monday, December 2, 2019

Aesthetics at Harvard

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , — m759 @ 4:05 PM

"What the piece of art is about is the gray space in the middle."

— David Bowie, as quoted in the above Crimson  piece.

Bowie's "gray space" is the space between the art and the beholder.

I prefer the gray space in the following figure —

Some small Galois spaces (the Cullinane models)

Context:  The Trinity Stone  (Log24, June 4, 2018).

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

After Rothko

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:52 PM

RED
_____________________________________________________________________________


 

GRAY
______________________


Arya on Rothko

“Experience is the best teacher,” they say.

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:23 AM

Related readings — Also from 11/08/2005 — A Constant Idea, and
some related posts
 that link to

 .

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Logic in the Spielfeld

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 8:03 PM

"A great many other properties of  E-operators
have been found, which I have not space
to examine in detail."

— Sir Arthur EddingtonNew Pathways in Science ,
Cambridge University Press, 1935, page 271.

The following 4×4 space, from a post of Aug. 30, 2015,
may help:

The next time she visits an observatory, Emma Stone
may like to do a little dance to

'The Eddington Song'

Friday, November 15, 2019

Operators

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:40 PM

Easy E

 

Not So Easy:  E-Operators

"A great many other properties of  E-operators
have been found, which I have not space
to examine in detail."

Sir Arthur Eddington, New Pathways in Science ,
Cambridge University Press, 1935, page 271.
(This book also presents Eddington's unfortunate
speculations on the fine-structure constant.)

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Lit for Brats

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 8:36 AM

From a search in this journal for Salinger

“… the wind was noisy the way it is in spooky movies
on the night the old slob with the will gets murdered.”

— From the opening sentence of the first Holden Caulfield
story, published in the Collier’s  of December 22, 1945

See as well the previous post.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Sein Feld

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:25 PM

Monday, November 11, 2019

Seuil

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:16 AM

The trailer pictured above is from the 2016 film Blood Father .

See as well the blood father of Wonderland's Alice:

https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Henry_George_Liddell

For the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:42 AM

A Lexicon for Housman — See the posts of June 21, 2013.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Housman and Ecclesiastes

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 1:00 AM

From A.E. Housman's 1892 lecture in the previous post

"In the day when the strong men shall bow themselves,
  and desire shall fail…."

Today's readers may be less familiar than was Housman's 1892
audience with the source of those phrases

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Wall

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 6:34 AM
 

"Nor again will I pretend that, as Bacon asserts, `the pleasure and delight of knowledge and learning far surpasseth all other in nature'. This is too much the language of a salesman crying his own wares. The pleasures of the intellect are notoriously less vivid than either the pleasures of sense or the pleasures of the affections; and therefore, especially in the season of youth, the pursuit of knowledge is likely enough to be neglected and lightly esteemed in comparison with other pursuits offering much stronger immediate attractions. But the pleasure of learning and knowing, though not the keenest, is yet the least perishable of pleasures; the least subject to external things, and the play of chance, and the wear of time. And as a prudent man puts money by to serve as a provision for the material wants of his old age, so too he needs to lay up against the end of his days provision for the intellect. As the years go by, comparative values are found to alter: Time, says Sophocles, takes many things which once were pleasures and brings them nearer to pain. In the day when the strong men shall bow themselves, and desire shall fail, it will be a matter of yet more concern than now, whether one can say `my mind to me a kingdom is'; and whether the windows of the soul look out upon a broad and delightful landscape, or face nothing but a brick wall."

– A.E. Housman, Inaugural Lecture as Professor of Latin,
University College, London, 1892
, as quoted at . . .

http://spenceralley.blogspot.com/2016/01/
housman-manifesto.html

Hello, Mr. Chips

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

A geometric diagram by the late Andrew Jobbings (1951-2019) —

From a book review quoted here on the date of Jobbings's death —

"Dodge is eventually brought back to life, or a kind of virtual afterlife,
in the 'Bitworld' where he exists as ones and zeros. Initially inchoate,
Dodge’s mind evolves, along with the digital environment he creates
around him, a kind of information-age Genesis story that Stephenson
describes evocatively."

Schicksalstag

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:00 AM

"Something there is that doen't love a wall."

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Annals of Architectural Theory

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 6:16 PM

Related material — See Jencks and
some other Log24 posts now tagged

Dancing About Architecture.

Dance of the Fire Temple

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 10:13 AM

The previous post, Tetrahedron Dance, suggests a review of . . .

A figure from St. Patrick's Day 2004 that might
represent a domed  roof 

Inscribed Carpenter's Square:

In LatinNORMA

 and a cinematic "Fire Temple" from 2019 

In related news . . .

Related background "e. e. cummings" in this  journal.

Tetrahedron Dance

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , — m759 @ 9:42 AM

John Lithgow in "The Tomorrow Man" (2019)

" connect the dots…."

IMAGE- 'The geometry of the dance' is that of a tetrahedron, according to Peter Pesic

Saturday, October 12, 2019

SNL Drill

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:21 PM

"Hellboy  was theatrically released on April 12, 2019,
  to negative reviews . . . ." — Wikipedia

 

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Identity

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 8:53 AM


Related story:

E is for Einheit

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Exercise

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 4:44 PM

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Design Theory

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 7:58 PM

"Mein Führer Steiner"

See Hitler Plans and Quadruple System.

"There is  such a thing as a quadruple system."

Saying adapted from a 1962 young-adult novel

Friday, August 16, 2019

Stanza Romanza

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:49 PM

Wallace Stevens's 'a million diamonds' quote in Woodman's 'Stanza My Stone'

For those who prefer greater clarity than is offered by Stevens . . .

The A section —

The B section —

"A paper from Helsinki in 2005 says there are more than a million
3-(16,4,1) block designs, of which only one has an automorphism
group of order 322,560. This is the affine 4-space over GF(2)."

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Schoolgirl Space — Tetrahedron or Square?

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:03 PM

The exercise in the previous post  was suggested by a passage
purporting to "use standard block design theory" that was written
by some anonymous author at Wikipedia on March 1, 2019:

Here "rm OR" apparently means "remove original research."

Before the March 1 revision . . .

The "original research" objected to and removed was the paragraph
beginning "To explain this further."  That paragraph was put into the
article earlier on Feb. 28 by yet another anonymous author (not  by me).

An account of my own (1976 and later) original research on this subject 
is pictured below, in a note from Feb. 20, 1986 —

'The relativity problem in finite geometry,' 1986

On Steiner Quadruple Systems of Order 16

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 4:11 AM

An image from a Log24 post of March 5, 2019

Cullinane's 1978  square model of PG(3,2)

The following paragraph from the above image remains unchanged
as of this morning at Wikipedia:

"A 3-(16,4,1) block design has 140 blocks of size 4 on 16 points,
such that each triplet of points is covered exactly once. Pick any
single point, take only the 35 blocks containing that point, and
delete that point. The 35 blocks of size 3 that remain comprise
a PG(3,2) on the 15 remaining points."

Exercise —

Prove or disprove the above assertion about a general "3-(16,4,1) 
block design," a structure also known as a Steiner quadruple system
(as I pointed out in the March 5 post).

Relevant literature —

A paper from Helsinki in 2005* says there are more than a million
3-(16,4,1) block designs, of which only one has an automorphism
group of order 322,560. This is the affine 4-space over GF(2),
from which PG(3,2) can be derived using the well-known process
from finite geometry described in the above Wikipedia paragraph.

* "The Steiner quadruple systems of order 16," by Kaski et al.,
   Journal of Combinatorial Theory Series A  
Volume 113, Issue 8, 
   November 2006, pages 1764-1770.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Double Veil

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 9:48 PM

"If you want to win, you need to know just one thing and not to waste your time
on anything else: the pleasures of erudition are reserved for losers. The more
a person knows, the more things have gone wrong."

— Eco, Umberto. Numero Zero  (p. 9). HMH Books. Kindle Edition. 

"All this notwithstanding, I dreamed what all losers dream, about one day writing
a book that would bring me fame and fortune. To learn how to become a great
writer, I became what in the last century was called the nègre  (or ghostwriter,
as they say today, to be politically correct) for an author of detective stories who
gave himself an American name to improve sales, like the actors in spaghetti
westerns. But I enjoyed working in the shadows, hidden behind a double veil
(the Other’s and the Other’s other name)."

— Eco, Umberto. Numero Zero  (pp. 9-10). HMH Books. Kindle Edition. 

How's this for a double veil, Umberto?

Boeing/Being Meets the Flying Spaghetti Monster . . .

Monday, August 12, 2019

Transformers

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:11 PM

See also Dueling Formulas in this  journal.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Design Theory

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 6:48 PM

Click to enlarge:

Block Designs?

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Rehinged

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 8:19 PM

Recent posts now tagged Black Fire suggest some context . . .

Hinges:

Meditations on the Portals of the Imagination 

by Grace Dane Mazur, A K Peters/CRC Press;
first edition November 8, 2010

Interviewer's questions to the author (Feb. 4, 2011) —

"This book fuses together literature, art, science, history,
certainly the underworld–so many different points of obsession
for you, and you move so swiftly among them. It feels like a
magnum opus in that way. Where do you go from here?
After the hinges of hell, what comes next?"

The reviews?

Hinged

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:15 PM

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Batty Farewell

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:40 PM

Adam Rogers today on "Rutger Hauer in Blade Runner , playing
the artificial* person Roy Batty in his death scene." 

* See the word "Artifice" in this  journal,
   as well as Tears in Rain . . .

Game Over

The film "The Matrix," illustrated
Coordinates for generating the Miracle Octad Generator

and Adam Rogers in
    the previous post.

 

Monday, July 22, 2019

The Four Diamonds Meet the Five Red Herrings

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:34 AM

Lord Peter Wimsey (Balliol 1912) on the Balliol-Trinity rivalry at Oxford:

See also Balliol College in the post subtitled Spidey Goes to Church.

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