Mozart, 2006Mozart, 1935
Poet, be seated at the piano.
Play the present, its hoo-hoo-hoo,
Its shoo-shoo-shoo, its ric-a-nic,
Its envious cachinnation.
If they throw stones upon the roof
While you practice arpeg…
In honor of Paul Newman's age today, 81:
Elaine Scarry, On Beauty (pdf), page 21:
"Something beautiful fills the mind yet invites the
search for something beyond itself, something larger or someth…
In Defense of Hilbert
(On His Birthday)
Michael Harris (Log24, July 25 and 26, 2003) in a recent essay, Why
Mathematics? You Might Ask (pdf), to appear in the forthcoming
Princeton Companion to Mathematics:
An entry suggested by today's New York Times story by Tom Zeller Jr., A
Million Little Skeptics:
From The Hustler, by Walter Tevis:
The only light in the room was from the lamp over the couch where she …
Jews on Fiction
See Tony Kushner and E.L. Doctorow in today's New York Times, Rebecca
Goldstein's talk from last summer's Mykonos conference on mathematics
and narrative, and Martin Buber on the Bible.
"Wherefore let it hardly... be...
thought that the prisoner... was at his best a onestone
parable... for... pathetically few... cared... to doubt... the
canonicity of his existence as a tesserac…
The Man Who Was Thursday:
"Wallace Stevens's remarkable oeuvre is a quasi-spiritual quest for the
supreme fiction, for a poetry that 'must take the place / Of empty
heaven and its hymns' and thus he…
Plato and Shakespeareat Breakfast
"Plato has told you a truth; but Plato is dead.
Shakespeare has startled you with an image; but Shakespeare will not
you with any more. But imagine what it would be to liv…
Mathematics and Narrative
Rebecca Goldstein, Mathematics and the Character of Tragedy:
"It was Plato who best expressed-- who veritably embodied-- the tension
between the narrative arts and mathematics."
InscapeMy entry for New Year's Day links to a
paper by Robert T.
Curtis* from The Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering (King Fahd
University, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia), Volume 27, Number 1A, January 2002.
(See previous entry.)
"A (very brief!) lit search reveals very little on the intersection
between probability theory and modal logic.... probability and modality
are such big topics one wo…
Time in the Rock
"a world of selves trying to remember the self
before the idea of self is lost--
Walk with me world, upon my right hand walk,
speak to me Babel, that I may strive to assemble
of all these …
Ten is a Hen
From Nov. 12, 2005:
"Follow the spiritual journey
that is BEE SEASON."
the fixing of the world,'
she whispers. 'I've been
gathering up the broken vessels
"In 1782, the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler posed a problem
whose mathematical content at the time seemed about as much as that of
a parlor puzzle. 178 years passed before a complete solution was fo…
For Stephen Hawking's Birthday
Epigraphs to the classic novel Cosmic Banditos:
God does not play dice with the universe. --Albert Einstein
Not only does God play dice with the universe, but sometimes he throws
Epiphany "A related epiphanic question,
second only in interest to the
question of the nature of epiphany, is how Joyce came by the term. The
religious implications would have been obvious to Joyce: no Irish
For details, see Visualizing GL(2,p).
"Mathematical relationships were enough to satisfy him, mere
formal relationships which existed at all times, everywhere, at once.
It was a thin nec…
The Shining according to
the Catholic Church:
"The Transfiguration of Christ is the culminating point of His public
life.... Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them to a
Then a Miracle Occurs The New York Times on
Sunday, New Year's Day, 2006, by John Horgan-- "Einstein Has Left the
"Down the hall from my office, Albert Einstein's electric-haired visage