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Friday, June 8, 2012

For MIT

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:45 AM

The Khan calmed himself by degrees.

Click image for background.

Friday, June 3, 2011

MIT Day

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:59 AM

Today is Commencement Day at MIT.

“To measure the changes
     of time and space
the smartest are nothing.”

— Shing-Tung Yau,
 The Emperor of Math
and Harvard philosopher

To measure the changes:

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The smartest are nothing:

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Well, perhaps not quite nothing.

The above pictures were posted here on the day the following book was published—

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11A/110603-NineLives.jpg

The lives of the nine Jews in the above book amount to more than Yau's "nothing."

Note, however, that claims by Jews (see Jill Abramson yesterday
that their secular publications constitute a substitute for religion
and contain only "absolute truth" should be viewed with at least one
raised eyebrow.

Abramson's remark yesterday that her promotion to New York Times  executive editor
was like "ascending to Valhalla" had a religious flavor worthy of yesterday's
Feast of the Ascension.

In related news from yesterday's Times

IMAGE- 'Fearless Ascent, as a God or a Jet' -NYT

See also a symbol related to Apollo, to nine, and to "nothing"

A minimalist 3×3 matrix favicon—

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11A/110518-3x3FaviconURL.jpg

This may, if one likes, be viewed as the "nothing"
present at the Creation.  See Jim Holt on physics.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Palpatine Dimension

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

A physics quote relayed at Peter Woit's weblog today—

"The relation between 4D N=4 SYM and the 6D (2, 0) theory
is just like that between Darth Vader and the Emperor.
You see Darth Vader and you think 'Isn’t he just great?
How can anyone be greater than that? No way.'
Then you meet the Emperor."

— Arkani-Hamed

Some related material from this  weblog—

(See Big Apple and Columbia Film Theory)

http://www.log24.com/log/pix12/120108-Space_Time_Penrose_Hawking.jpg

The Meno Embedding:

http://www.log24.com/log/pix10B/101128-TheEmbedding.gif

Some related material from the Web—

IMAGE- The Penrose diamond and the Klein quadric

See also uses of the word triality  in mathematics. For instance…

A discussion of triality by Edward Witten

Triality is in some sense the last of the exceptional isomorphisms,
and the role of triality for n = 6  thus makes it plausible that n = 6
is the maximum dimension for superconformal symmetry,
though I will not give a proof here.

— "Conformal Field Theory in Four and Six Dimensions"

and a discussion by Peter J. Cameron

There are exactly two non-isomorphic ways
to partition the 4-subsets of a 9-set
into nine copies of AG( 3,2).
Both admit 2-transitive groups.

— "The Klein Quadric and Triality"

Exercise: Is Witten's triality related to Cameron's?
(For some historical background, see the triality  link from above
and Cameron's Klein Correspondence and Triality.)

Cameron applies his  triality to the pure geometry of a 9-set.
For a 9-set viewed in the context of physics, see A Beginning

From MIT Commencement Day, 2011—

A symbol related to Apollo, to nine, and to "nothing"

A minimalist favicon—

IMAGE- Generic 3x3 square as favicon

This miniature 3×3 square— http://log24.com/log/pix11A/110518-3x3favicon.ico — may, if one likes,
be viewed as the "nothing" present at the Creation. 
See Feb. 19, 2011, and Jim Holt on physics.

Happy April 1.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Establishment of the Talented

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

For Women's History Month —

See this post's title in Log24 and the following from Pinkdex ,
the online catalog of the MIT Science Fiction Society (MITSFS)—

IMAGE- Pinkdex results for McCaffrey's 'Rowan' series

"The Pinkdex is so named because it was originally
maintained by another member of MITSFS, many years ago—
 Marilyn 'Fuzzy Pink' Niven [said to be so called for her sweaters],
 whose husband, Larry Niven, has written
or co-authored many of the books in the MITSFS library."

Susan Shepherd, MIT '11

See also MIT Commencement in this journal.

Postscript for the less technically oriented reader—
This post was suggested by yesterday's "Look, Buster,"
and by the middle name of William Rowan Hamilton.

Friday, September 9, 2011

A Beginning

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 5:29 AM
 

From MIT Commencement Day, 2011—

A symbol related to Apollo, to nine, and to "nothing"

A minimalist favicon—

IMAGE- Generic 3x3 square as favicon

This miniature 3×3 square— http://log24.com/log/pix11A/110518-3x3favicon.ico — may, if one likes,
be viewed as the "nothing" present at the Creation. 
See Feb. 19, 2011, and Jim Holt on physics.

Friday, June 8, 2012

For Cullinane College*

Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:04 PM

A remark from the prepared text of Salman Khan,
who spoke at the MIT commencement today—

"I always tell people that MIT is the closest
thing to being Hogwarts— Harry Potter’s
wizarding school— in real life."

A detail from one computer's view of
the webcast of the commencement

IMAGE- Video elapsed time indicator reads '11:27'

Time elapsed (from the start
of the browser's window, not  
from the start of the webcast) 

This suggests a look at the date  11/27—

IMAGE- A scene from St. Patrick's Cathedral

Click on St. Patrick's for further details.

* See June 6, 2007.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Fullness

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:28 PM

Mormon Mitt Romney at the Baptist school Liberty University today:

"The task set before you four years ago
  is now completed in full."

I do not know what that task was. In this journal four years ago,
the task was lottery hermeneutics… a subject I doubt is taught
at Liberty University.

The New York lottery numbers from Sunday, May 11, 2008,
in a May 12 post four years ago could be interpreted as
pointing to the date 3/13— 

Say, 3/13, 2006— a date on which this journal quoted some
remarks on the biblical phrase "the fullness of time."

Those remarks were neither Baptist nor
Mormon, but rather Presbyterian.

Friday, June 4, 2010

For the Mothers of Invention

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:00 AM

Today is Commencement Day at MIT.

A song by Joni—

Image-- 'You Turn Me On, I'm a Radio' lyrics by Joni Mitchell

"Who needs the static?" Well might you ask, Joni.

"The static boxes were an invention of Grandfather…."

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