"Right through hell
there is a path…."
— Malcolm Lowry,
Under the Volcano
Friday, February 12, 2016
Johnny Cash* Meets Fritz Leiber**
** See Spider + Snake in this journal.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
"Le silence éternel de ces espaces infinis m'effraie." — Pascal
(Quoted here in The Search for Finite Space on Mon., Feb. 8, 2016.)
Accolades poured in from across the science world, as experts hailed a discovery that will help mankind better understand the universe.
"This expands hugely the way we can observe the cosmos, and the kinds of physics and astrophysics we can do," said professor Sheila Rowan, Director of the University of Glasgow's Institute for Gravitational Research.
Abhay Ashtekar, director of the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos at Penn State University, described the discovery as "breathtaking" and said it "will stand out among the major achievements of the 21st-century science."
"We can now listen to the universe rather than just look at it," said Professor B S Sathyaprakash of Cardiff University. "This window turns on the soundtrack for the universe."
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
"You can run on for a long time." — Johnny Cash
"Arnold H. Lubasch, who covered crime and the courts
for The New York Times for more than 30 years and
later wrote a biography of the actor and civil rights
activist Paul Robeson, died on Friday [Feb. 5, 2016]
in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 83."
— Daniel E. Slotnik in The New York Times tonight
Related soundtrack lyric —
Air date: January 14, 2016.
Related material — The Religion of Cubism (May 9, 2003).
Monday, February 8, 2016
Backstory: Posts tagged Space Writer.
Related material — Posts tagged Dirac and Geometry.
For an example of what Eddington calls "an open mind,"
see the 1958 letters of Nanavira Thera.
(Among the "Early Letters" in Seeking the Path ).
Sunday, February 7, 2016
"Sports may be the place in contemporary life
where Americans find sacred community most easily."
— All Things Shining , the conclusion
Or Bolivia —
Backstories — Natural Hustlers.
Saturday, February 6, 2016
For a related story, search the news.
Wikipedia on a George Clooney film released yesterday —
"The studio's major production is Hail, Caesar! ,
an epic set in ancient Rome and starring Baird Whitlock
(Clooney). During a shoot, Whitlock drinks from a goblet
of wine drugged by an extra; he passes out behind the
soundstage and is abducted. A ransom note soon arrives,
written by a group calling itself 'The Future' and demanding
$100,000, which Mannix arranges to have paid. Whitlock
awakens in a beach house and finds his way into a meeting
of The Future, a Communist cell. The members explain their
doctrine to him, and he begins to sympathize with their cause."
See also this morning's post Space Program:
"Bad news on the doorstep…." — American Pie
X Marks the Spot scene, "The Last Crusade"
For those who prefer the T in SPOT —
Knock, Knock, Knockin' —
A Scene from "Tomorrowland" —
A fan of the declining US space program
knocks on George Clooney's door
For related remarks on the decline of NASA,
see an essay at the World Socialist Web Site
from August 19, 2011.
Friday, February 5, 2016
Jean Pedersen (1934-2016)
Friday February 5th 2016
Jean Pedersen died January 1 at the age of 81.
She was a longtime member of the faculty at
Santa Clara University. Pedersen and Peter Hilton
co-authored A Mathematical Tapestry: Demonstrating
the Beautiful Unity of Mathematics , which used paper
folding to show connections between geometry,
number theory, and group theory. Pedersen was an
AMS member since 1979.
Related art —
"Spiel ist nicht Spielerei" — Friedrich Fröbel
An article yesterday at Re/code was titled
Related material from Log24 a year ago today —
Thursday, February 4, 2016
(Continued from Jan. 29)
For a literary tigress —
Continued from January 18, 2005 —
(This post was suggested by the following sentence
by Anolik in Vanity Fair 's current Hollywood issue —
"I think that for the city of Los Angeles,
Didion is the Ángel de la Muerte.")
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
An originally French-Canadian professor of mathematics
at Villanova University reportedly died at 91 on Dec. 28, 2015.
See a eulogy from Legacy.com.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
From yesterday's 2 PM post —
From "Inception" —
Paraphrase of remarks by "Inception" director Christopher Nolan
at Princeton on June 1, 2015 —
"If you have built castles in the air,
your work need not be lost;
that is where they should be.
Now put the foundations under them.”
— Henry David Thoreau
Monday, February 1, 2016
This morning at 11:44 I happened upon …
This was published as …
Toshiyuki Katsura, Shigeyuki Kondo, Ichiro Shimada,
"On the supersingular K3 surface in characteristic 5 with Artin invariant 1,"
Michigan Mathematical Journal , vol. 63, issue 4 (Dec. 2014), 803–844.
Related material from later today —
Sunday, January 31, 2016
Continued from Sunday, January 24, 2016
Wikipedia on Io in Greek mythology
(a precursor to Marvel Comics) —
18. Burkert, Homo Necans (1974) 1983:
164 note 14, giving bibliography."
An "io" story I prefer — m24.io.
In memory of Father John Romas, a Greek Orthodox priest who
reportedly died on Sunday, January 24, 2016.
This is from a post on Greek philosophy on that date.
Saturday, January 30, 2016
From page 56 of The Science Fiction of Mark Clifton ,
Southern Illinois University Press, 1980 —
See also the following image in this journal —
(Some background — See Limerick in this journal.
See also "He's a mad scientist and I'm his beautiful daughter.")
"You read too slow, Daddy," she complained. She was childishly irritable about it. "You say a word. Then I think a long time. Then you say another word."
I knew what she meant. I remember, when I was a child, my thoughts used to dart in and out among the slowly droning words of any adult. Whole patterns of universes would appear and disappear in those brief moments.
"So?" I asked.
"So," she mocked me impishly. "You teach me to read. Then I can think quick as I want."
"Quickly," I corrected in a weak voice. "The word is 'quickly,' an adverb."
She looked at me impatiently, as if she saw through this allegedly adult device to show up a youngster's ignorance. I felt like the dope!
Related material — The Quick and the Dead
* For example, from the Marvel Comics realm
Friday, January 29, 2016
(Continued from Dec. 9, 2013)
"…it would be quite a long walk
Swiftly Mrs. Who brought her hands… together.
"Now, you see," Mrs. Whatsit said,
– A Wrinkle in Time ,
From a media weblog yesterday, a quote from the video below —
"At 12:03 PM Eastern Standard Time, January 12th, 2016…."
This weblog on the previous day (January 11th, 2016) —
"There is such a thing as harmonic analysis of switching functions."
— Saying adapted from a young-adult novel
* For some backstory, see a Caltech page.
A sequel to the previous post —
"I'm in with the in crowd" — Musical motif of "Irrational Man"
On a stage character named Pascal —
"… the mathematics professor implores Minnie to take
full advantage of her own intelligence and talents,
usually capped off with a non sequitur gift of some kind…."
Thursday, January 28, 2016
The title refers to a line by Louis Menand quoted
at the end of the previous post.
See also "inner truth" in this journal.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
"The definition of easy to learn, hard to master"
Not unlike music, mathematics, and chess.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
For the title, see "Accomplished in Steps" in this journal.
"In U.S. criminal law, means, motive, and opportunity is
a common summation of the three aspects of a crime
that must be established before guilt can be determined
in a criminal proceeding." — Wikipedia
See also "Motive for Metaphor" in this journal.
"I'm in with the in crowd,
I go where the in crowd goes"
— Musical motif of the recent film "Irrational Man"
From a piece in The Harvard Crimson today:
"The refrain of one of my favorite songs goes,
'Tension is to be loved when it is like a passing note
to a beautiful, beautiful chord.' I don’t want to seek
the allusion [sic ] of finding balance anymore:
It can’t be found."
"No angel born in Hell
Could break that Satan's spell"
— "American Pie"
A passing note —
"The name diabolus in musica ("the Devil in music")
has been applied to the interval from at least the
early 18th century…."
— Wikipedia on the tritone
See also Music & Noise at a physics site and the square root
of two on page 56 of Barry Mazur's Imagining Numbers
(Picador imprint, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003) —
— The New Yorker , May 19, 1997 issue, page 52
See also Hollander in this journal.
(This post was suggested by a search for
"Barry Mazur" + "Two-Faced.")
The New York Times , reporting yesterday on the death of
a distinguished expert in the field of artificial intelligence,
said that he "laid the foundation for the field."
"A Bad Case of Mixed Metaphors:
Psychiatry, Law, Politics, Society,
and Ezra Pound"
by Arnold M. Ludwig,
American Journal of Psychotherapy
2000 Winter; 54(1): 116-117
From that paper —
"… the conceptual foundation for the field
continues to be primitive."
See also, in this journal, The Source (Oct. 4, 2014).
An image from that post —
Ground plan for a game of
Noughts and Crosses
Monday, January 25, 2016
IMAGE- Kristen Wiig in 'Cock and Bull Story' —
For Mel Gibson
In memory of physicist David Ritz Finkelstein,
who reportedly died yesterday —
"His sense of irony and precision was appreciated" ….
An illustration of the song "Stuck in the Middle with You"
(from the Tarantino film "Reservoir Dogs") was posted by
an academic at Christmas 2015 —
See also, in this journal,
The Jewel in the Lotus Meets the Kernel in the Nutshell
(December 16, 2015).
Sunday, January 24, 2016
"The ideal of a complete mathematical theory of beauty
lies on the same long line of distinguished fantasies of
mathematical wisdom as the number mysticism of
Pythagoras and Plato, the Ars Magna of Ramon Llull
(whom Agrippa studied) and Giordano Bruno
(who studied Llull and Agrippa), the vision of Mathesis
Universalis that Descartes and Leibniz shared, and the
Ars Combinatoria of Leibniz. Dürer does not deny the
existence of absolute beauty but despairs of knowing it."
"Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore…."
— Edgar Allan Poe, 1845 (link added)
"The infamous pseudohistorian Eric Temple Bell
begins his book 'The Magic of Numbers' as follows:
The hero of our story is Pythagoras…."
Related material —
See also "Temple Bell" in this journal.
Saturday, January 23, 2016
"Hard Science Fiction in the era of short attention spans,
crowd-sourcing, and rapid obsolescence"
— May 26, 2012, Dragon Press Bookstore symposium
Related material: Posts now tagged Black Diamond.
Friday, January 22, 2016
A search from Easter 2013 for "Cremona synthemes" * —
For some strictly mathematical background, see
Classical Geometry in Light of Galois Geometry.
* For more about Cremona and synthemes,
see a 1975 paper by W. L. Edge,
"A Footnote on the Mystic Hexagram."