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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Quality Revisited

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From earlier this month —

Related material —

1991 Swiss commemorative stamp with painting by Wolf Barth

Friday, August 28, 2015

Art and Space

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IMAGE- Spielfeld (1982-83), by Wolf Barth
 

            Observatory scene from "Magic in the Moonlight"

"The sixteen nodes… can be parametrized
by the sixteen points in affine four-space
over the tiny field F2 with two elements."

Wolf Barth

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Space of Art

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"Thinking Outside the Square:
Support for Landscape and Portrait
Formats on Instagram
"

Related material from March 18, 2015 —

Play Is Not Playing Around

— m759 @ 1:00 PM 

(A saying of Friedrich Fröbel)

 

See also the previous two posts,
Dude!  and Focus! .

Tears in the Rain

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For a Norwegian historian

Game Over

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

See Saw Seen

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See

“ [An] ambitious take on a post-apocalyptic world
where some strive to preserve art, culture and kindness …
Think of Cormac McCarthy seesawing with Joan Didion …
Mandel spins a satisfying web of coincidence and kismet …
Magnetic … a breakout novel. " — Kirkus (starred)

Saw

Seen

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A Mirror Darkly

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This post was suggested by the publication date — July 7, 2015 —
of a novel reviewed in The New York Times  online last Monday.

A synchronicity check of the publication date yields

Ride

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“Why don’t you come with me, little girl,
on a magic carpet ride?” — Steppenwolf lyrics

Related material for fans of Christopher Alexander
(see previous post) — “The ‘Life’ of a Carpet.”

“The Quality Without a Name”

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The title phrase, paraphrased without quotes in
the previous post, is from Christopher Alexander's book
The Timeless Way of Building  (Oxford University Press, 1979).

A quote from the publisher:

"Now, at last, there is a coherent theory
which describes in modern terms
an architecture as ancient as
human society itself."

Three paragraphs from the book (pp. xiii-xiv):

19. Within this process, every individual act
of building is a process in which space gets
differentiated. It is not a process of addition,
in which preformed parts are combined to
create a whole, but a process of unfolding,
like the evolution of an embryo, in which
the whole precedes the parts, and actualy
gives birth to then, by splitting.

20. The process of unfolding goes step by step,
one pattern at a time. Each step brings just one
pattern to life; and the intensity of the result
depends on the intensity of each one of these
individual steps.

21. From a sequence of these individual patterns,
whole buildings with the character of nature
will form themselves within your thoughts,
as easily as sentences.

Compare to, and contrast with, these illustrations of Boolean space:

(See also similar illustrations from Berkeley and Purdue.)

Detail of the above image —

Note the "unfolding," as Christopher Alexander would have it.

These Boolean spaces of 1, 2, 4, 8, and 16 points
are also Galois  spaces.  See the diamond theorem —

Monday, August 24, 2015

Quality Report:

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The Wrench and the Nut

From Schicksalstag  2012

The Quality
with No Name

And what is good, Phaedrus,
and what is not good —
Need we ask anyone
to tell us these things?

— Epigraph to
Zen and the Art of
Motorcyle Maintenance

Related material from Wikipedia today:

See as well a search in this journal for  “Permutation Group” + Wikipedia .

Quality Review

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 Quality as Cleavage

Cleavage Term

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Quality

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"William Tell’s weapon of choice has become
the symbol of Switzerland, a sign of sovereignty
and a guarantee of Swiss quality. On the eve of
the Second World War, these values seemed
especially important and necessary to the Swiss.
This five-centime green stamp was issued for
the 1939 national exhibition."

Related material in this journal:  Basel.

See also Jung + Imago.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

It’s 10 PM…

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On an Osterman weekend.

Do you know where your crossbows are?

The Space of Art

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In memory of a woman who died on August 5th:

An excerpt from Svetlana Boym’s

“Nostalgic Technology:
Notes for an Off-modern Manifesto” —

For further remarks on art and technology,
see posts tagged Stevens Owl.

A Tony for Kristen*

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From Kulturkampf for Princeton (Jan. 14, 2015) —

A sequel to Princeton Requiem,
Gesamtkunstwerk , and Serial Box —

Fearful Symmetry, Princeton Style:

       * Wiig.  See Dancer (June 10, 2013).  Happy birthday.

Achtung*

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Baby .

* See September 7, 2008.

Always Right?

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Tough  customer.

For a Shabbos Goy

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“But it rings and I rise…”

Friday, August 21, 2015

Finite Geometry at GitHub

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Search at GitHub on phrase 'finite geometry'

Recommended for editing:  c9.io .

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Sounds Like a Case for Damon

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'The Monuments Men' (2014) Trailer #2

“There’s a Michelangelo joke to be made.”

Fade to… Orange?

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One heart will wear a valentine.” — Sinatra

Figure

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'In the Phaedrus, Plato speaks of the soul in a figure.'

           — “The Noble Rider and the Sound of Words

For some backstory, click or touch the dark passage above.

See also Monolith  (August 23, 2014).

For Mario Vargas Llosa

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(Author of the recent book Notes on the Death of Culture )

“I’m going to have to culture the shit out of this.”
— Paraphrase of Matt Damon in “The Martian” trailer

On the Death of Culture

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The title refers to a new book by Mario Vargas Llosa.

A midrash for JC —

Ninevine

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(Continued)  See posts of August 9, 2015.
See also a death on that date.

Language Game

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See Nine-Headed Dragon in this journal.

Shema, JC.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Stylist

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In memory of record producer Ken Barnes,
author of Sinatra and the Great Song Stylists ,
who reportedly died at 82 on August 4, 2015 —

"Incantatory elegiac power"* in the context of
Log24 posts from August 2-4, 2015, that are
now tagged Stevens Owl

* Phrase by an academic in Antwerp

A Wrinkle in Terms

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The phrase “the permutation group Sn” refers to a
particular  group of permutations that act on an
-element set N— namely, all  of them. For a given n ,
there are, in general, many  permutation groups that
act on N.  All but one are smaller than S.

In other words, the phrase “the permutation group Sn
does not  imply that “Sn ” is a symbol for a structure
associated with n  called “the  permutation group.”
It is instead a symbol for “the symmetric  group,” the largest
of (in general) many permutation groups that act on N.

This point seems to have escaped John Baez.

For two misuses by Baez of the phrase “permutation group” at the
n-Category Café, see “A Wrinkle in the Mathematical Universe”
and “Re: A Wrinkle…” —

“There is  such a thing as a permutation group.”
— Adapted from A Wrinkle in Time , by Madeleine L’Engle

Monday, August 17, 2015

Venue

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"… Don't you know that when you play at this level
there's no ordinary venue?" — "Chess" lyrics

Venue:  Palm Springs International Film Festival —

Update of 6:40 PM Aug. 17, 2015 —

"Books Do Furnish a Room"

Joshua Cohen's New York Times  review,
online today, of Mario Vargas Llosa’s new
Notes on the Death of Culture. The review
includes the following illustration by Mark Todd —

See as well the books in "Starting Out in the Evening,"
a post of October 8, 2010.

Schoolboy Problem

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(Continued from Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015)

From Purim Play for St. Paul's (March 5, 2015) —

"The study of the diverse ways in which
people of different cultures approach problems
provides students with a more comprehensive
understanding of topics introduced in previous courses."

See as well today's NBC news

St. Paul's School: Rape Trial Targets Sexual Culture
at Elite New Hampshire Campus

by JON SCHUPPE

"A former student at an elite New Hampshire prep school
is going on trial on charges he raped a 15-year-old girl
on campus. But it's not just the young man who's facing judgment.

The rape allegedly occurred at the prestigious St. Paul's School,
whose alumni include Secretary of State John Kerry, former FBI
Director Robert Mueller, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist
Garry Trudeau and several members of Congress. …."

Modern Algebra Illustrated

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For illustrations based on the above equations, see
Coxeter and the Relativity Problem  and Singer 7-Cycles .

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Mathematics History

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The following book is reviewed in the September 2015
Notices of the American Mathematical Society

The reviewer is Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze, a professor
at the University of Agder in Kristiansand (Norway). 

See also references to the book's author in this  journal.

Sunday School

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The title of the previous post, "For Quantum Mystics,"
suggests a search in this journal for Quantum + Mystic.

That search in turn suggests, in particular, a review of
a post of October 16, 2007 — a discussion of the 
P.T. Barnum-like phrase "deep beauty" used to describe
a topic under discussion at Princeton by physicists.

Princeton, by the way, serves to illustrate the "gutter"
mentioned by Sir Laurence Olivier in a memorable
classroom scene from 1962

Saturday, August 15, 2015

For Quantum Mystics

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Teorema

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The sequel to The Bride's Chair

The Groom's Davenport

In Other News…

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The Distinguished Actor and the Horse's Arse

Schoolboy Problem

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Sir Laurence Olivier, in "Term of Trial" (1962), dangles
a participle in front of schoolboy Terence Stamp:

"Walking to school today
my arithmetic book
fell into the gutter"

Were Stamp a Galois, the reply might be "Try this one, sir."

Friday, August 14, 2015

Schoolgirl Problem

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But first, a word from our sponsa* 

Sir Laurence Olivier in "Term of Trial" (1962),
a film starring Sarah Miles as a schoolgirl —

* Bride  in Latin. See also "bride's chair,"
  a phrase from mathematical pedagogy.

Space Station 2015

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(A sequel to Space Station 1976)

For Kathleen Gibbons* —

'Sacred Space' at Chautauqua Institution

* Note Gibbons’s work on “Discrete phase space based on finite fields.”

Discrete Space

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(A review)

Galois space:

Image-- examples from Galois affine geometry

Counting symmetries of  Galois space:
IMAGE - The Diamond Theorem

The reason for these graphic symmetries in affine Galois space —

symmetries of the underlying projective Galois space:

Being Interpreted

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The ABC of things —

Froebel's Third Gift: A cube made up of eight subcubes

The ABC of words —

A nutshell —

Book lessons —

IMAGE- History of Mathematics in a Nutshell

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Anniversary

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Today is reportedly the anniversary of the death,
in Paris in 1822, of Jean Robert Argand.

Some related material

From MacTutor

"Wessel's fame as a mathematician rests solely
on this paper, which was published in 1799,
giving for the first time a geometrical interpretation
of complex numbers. Today we call this geometric
interpretation the Argand diagram but Wessel's
work came first. It was rediscovered by Argand 
in 1806 and again by Gauss in 1831. ….

Of course it is not unreasonable to call the
geometrical interpretation of complex numbers
the Argand diagram since it was Argand's work
which was influential. It was so named before
the world of mathematics learnt of Wessel's prior
publication. In fact Wessel's paper was not
noticed by the mathematical community until 1895…."

See also Tilting at Whirligigs (Log24 on March 8, 2008)
and The Galois Quaternion.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Alphabet of Things

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The XYZ of Being

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"The Stone" column in yesterday's New York Times :

"But where, exactly, is the border between
the private exchange of money or gifts
and the impersonal profit-making of the market?"

Good question.

Some background on the market —

Fountain Head …

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A mashup for Josefine   from R. Mutt.

Not Mocked …

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But not for lack of trying. Click the image for details of the inset.

Slightly Turned

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Motives for Metaphor

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This post is a scholium for Joyce Carol Oates, who has
written a very readable essay in the current New York
Review of Books 
titled

Inspiration and Obsession in Life and Literature.

Oates mentions three times, without attributing it to the late poet
Wallace Stevens, the phrase "the motive for metaphor."

The following paragraphs are by Denis Donoghue, from
a piece titled "The Motive for Metaphor" in the Winter 2013
issue of The Hudson Review

     Related material in this journal: Copleston and a fellow Jesuit.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

The Cauldron

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From a review of the 2013 film “The Wolverine” —

“The rituals, culture and hierarchies of Japan
have intrigued and baffled the typical Westerner
for centuries ….

Not to mention those of China 

 Hexagram 50:
The Cauldron

Nine is a Vine

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Backstory:  That phrase in this journal.

““The serpent’s eyes shine
As he wraps around the vine….”
– Don Henley

With Derrida, as usual, playing the role of
the serpent, see a philosophical meditation from
October 9, 2014, by a perceptive and thoughtful Eve
that includes the following passage:

“But, before this and first of all, there is
the resistance posed by the work itself,
the hard kernel formed when the intelligibility
of a universal ‘message’ is joined to the
unintelligible secret of a singularity.”

See as well the word “kernel” here.

Cryptomorphisms

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Backstory:  Other posts tagged “Cryptomorphisms,”
and the word itself in Wikipedia.

Compare and contrast:

Baez and Baez

Hegel and Genet

Heaven and Hell.

Knell

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From a French dictionary

Tintement lent, sur une seule note,
d’une cloche d’église pour annoncer
l’agonie, la mort ou les obsèques de
quelqu’un.
 

” I go, and it is done: the bell invites me.
Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell
That summons thee to heaven, or to hell. “

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Raiders of the Lost Windows

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"Why is it called Windows 10 and not Windows 9?"

Good question.

See Sunday School (Log24 on June 13, 2010) —

Image-- 3x3 array of white squares .

Seing

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From a French dictionary

A. − HIST. Signe de croix, marque ou signature apposé(e)
au bas d'une lettre, d'un document, par celui qui
veut attester la validité, l'authenticité de son contenu.
 

From Glas , by Jacques Derrida

Friday, August 7, 2015

Wherever

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By Stephen King

Click image for the plot.

Anschauliche Geometrie

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Immanuel Kant, The Critique of Pure Reason ,
translated by Norman Kemp Smith,
London, Macmillan, 1929, p. 92 —

"Without sensibility no object 
would be given to us, 
without reflection no object 
would be thought.
Concepts without percepts are empty,
percepts without concepts are blind.
"

Another version

"Without sensibility no object
would be given to us,
without understanding no object
would be thought.
Thoughts without content are empty,
intuitions without concepts are blind.
"

From the original —

"Ohne Sinnlichkeit würde uns
kein Gegenstand gegeben,
und ohne Verstand
keiner gedacht werden.
Gedanken ohne Inhalt sind leer,
Anschauungen ohne Begriffe sind blind.
"

 Immanuel Kant 

Kritik der reinen Vernunft
   I. Transzendentale Elementarlehre
      Zweiter Teil. Die transzendentale Logik
          Einleitung. Idee einer transzendentalen Logik

Related remarks on mathematics —

In memory of the late Ernest E. Shult, some less classical remarks —

Parts

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Spielerei  —

"On the most recent visit, Arthur had given him
a brightly colored cube, with sides you could twist
in all directions, a new toy that had just come onto
the market."

— Daniel Kehlmann, F: A Novel  (2014),
     translated from the German by
     Carol Brown Janeway

Nicht Spielerei  —

A figure from this journal at 2 AM ET
on Monday, August 3, 2015

Also on August 3 —

FRANKFURT — "Johanna Quandt, the matriarch of the family
that controls the automaker BMW and one of the wealthiest
people in Germany, died on Monday in Bad Homburg, Germany.
She was 89."

MANHATTAN — "Carol Brown Janeway, a Scottish-born
publishing executive, editor and award-winning translator who
introduced American readers to dozens of international authors,
died on Monday in Manhattan. She was 71."

Related material —  Heisenberg on beauty, Munich, 1970                       

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Inking

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See also Go Set a Structure and Tombstone.

At Zero Dark Thirty…

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"I sing the body electric." (See previous post.)

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Drinking Class

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A scene from "Nightmare Alley" (1947)

in memory of Coleen Gray, who reportedly died yesterday at 92.

"Everybody put your lights up!" 

Brett Eldredge on TV tonight (tape of CMA Music Festival)

To Fuse Words with Things

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A passage suggested by the previous post —

 
   — Catholic Resistance in Elizabethan England :
        Robert Persons's Jesuit Polemic, 1580–1610
        by Victor Houliston (Ashgate Publishing, 2007)

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