Reason and Rhyme
"Philosophers ponder the idea of identity: what it is to give something
a name on Monday and have it respond to that name on Friday...."
-- Bernard Holland in The New York Times Monday, Ma…
Women's History Month continues... Ontology
Alignment "He had with him a small red book of Mao's poems, and as he
squared it on the table, aligned it with the table edge first
vertically and then …
Note: Carmichael's reference is to
A. Emch, "Triple and multiple systems, their geometric configurations
and groups," Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 31 (1929), 25–42.
"There is such a thing as a tesseract."
-- A Wr…
Darkness at Noon,
It turns out that Medawar (see previous entry) also wrote a deeply
hostile review of Koestler's The Act of Creation. (See Pluto's
There are plenty more like Medawar, so it…
A Prince of Darkness "What did he fear? It
was not a fear or dread, It was a nothing that he
knew too well. It was all a nothing and a man was a nothing too. It was
only that and light was all it needed and a certa…
Rhinestone Cowboy By GREG RISLING Associated
Press Writer LOS ANGELES -- Singer
Buck Owens, the flashy rhinestone cowboy who shaped the sound of
country music... died Saturday. He was 76.
From Log24, Feb. 2, 2003:
Midnight in the Garden
Questions posed by
Roberta Smith in the
New York Times
of Jan. 13, 2006:
"'What is art?' may be the
art world's most relentlessly asked
question. But a more pertinent on…
Women's History Month continues...
From the New York Times on the First of May, 1999:
Combinatorics in higher mathematics is the study of permutations and
combinations of elements in finite sets. In…
A phrase from yesterday's entry:
Lust und Freud. This phrase, together with the concluding song from the
recent film "Good Night and Good Luck," suggests the following links
(the first two from …
Happy Birthday, Hassler Whitney
In honor of the late Hassler Whitney, mathematician and mountaineer,
here is a link to the five Log24 entries ending with White, Geometric,
and Eternal (Dec. 20, 2003).
of Dartmouth Dies
From today's New York Times:
"In one widely publicized episode, in 1988, he condemned The Dartmouth
Review, a conservative student newspaper, for ridiculing blacks, gay
Dogma in the
State of Grace
"Words and numbers are of equal value,for, in the cloak of
knowledge,one is warp and the other woof."
-- The princesses Rhyme and Reason
in The Phantom Tollbooth,by Norton Juster, 1961…
George W. Mackey,
is dead at 90.
Mackey was born, according to Wikipedia, on Feb. 1, 1916. He died,
according to Harvard University,
on the night of March 14-15, 2006. He was the author…
Women's History Month
Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres,
quarum unam incolunt
aliam Aquitani, tertiam qui ipsorum
lingua Celtae, nostra
-- Julius Caesar, De Be…
Club From today's Harvard Crimson:
Two members of the Harvard Class of 2007 "scarf down pie at the Math
Department's 'pi'-eating contest at 3:14 p.m. yesterday in celebration
of Pi Day. Participants had thre…
A Circle of Quiet
From the Harvard Math Table page:
"No Math table this week. We will reconvene next week on March 14 for
a special Pi Day talk by Paul Bamberg."
Transcript of the movie "P…
"This outer automorphism [of S6] can be regarded as the seed from which
about half of the sporadic simple groups, starting with the Mathieu
groups M12 and M24."
-- Noam Elkies, Harvard Math Table, …
Holy the Firm
by Annie Dillard Esoteric Christianity, I read, posits a
substance. It is a created substance, lower than metals and
minerals on a "spiritual scale" and lower than salts and earths,
(Revised May 21, 2006)
Finitegeometry.org now has permutable
Cube presented a claim that the 4x4x4 design cube retains sy…
Women's History Month continues.
on the Oscars:
"Cinderella Man: To me, this is the best film of 2005 (qualifier: I
have not yet seen Walk the Line). Cinderella Man
is a terrific film…
Women's History Month continues.
Global and Local:
One Small Step
Audrey Terras, University of Maryland '64:
We cannot discuss the proof here as it requires some knowledge of zeta
functions of curves over finit…