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Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Man Who Knew Zero

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(Continued from April 29, Uma Thurman's birthday )

April 29, 2016, was the opening date for a film
about Ramanujan, "The Man Who Knew Infinity,"
as well as Uma Thurman's birthday. (Uma is
named for a Hindu goddess.)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Core Statements

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"That in which space itself is contained" — Wallace Stevens

An image by Steven H. Cullinane from April 1, 2013:

The large Desargues configuration of Euclidean 3-space can be 
mapped canonically to the 4×4 square of Galois geometry —

'Desargues via Rosenhain'- April 1, 2013- The large Desargues configuration mapped canonically to the 4x4 square

On an Auckland University of Technology thesis by Kate Cullinane —
On Kate Cullinane's book 'Sample Copy' - 'The core statement of this work...'
The thesis reportedly won an Art Directors Club award on April 5, 2013.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Web Day

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Fritz Leiber's 'Spider' symbol

Today is said to be the 25th anniversary of the
opening to the public of the World Wide Web.
Related material:  Click on the above icon for
posts mentioning "Spider Woman."

Happy Birthday

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Puritan Contemplation:

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For an authority on Japanese art —

Text Tiles*

Res ipsa loquitur.

Compare to and contrast with 

Remarks on art, contemplation. and Puritanism 
from a recent Princeton University Press book —

"Lucy Lippard distinguished Asian art
(ego-less and contemplative)
from New York Minimalism
(moralistic and puritanical)."
Mathematics and Art ,
     Princeton U. Press, Fall 2015

* Update of Aug. 24, 2016 — See also Nov. 2, 2014.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Minimal ABC Art

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Two portions of a post from Guy Fawkes Day 2015

 

Other art for Guy Fawkes Day

Cloak and Dagger

Igor Strikes Again

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For the Igor of the title, see the previous post.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Imperium Emporium

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Design Cube 2x2x2 for demonstrating Galois geometry

Harry Potter, star of the new film
"Imperium," with lightning-bolt
mark on his forehead

Big Meeting

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Grosses Treffen

 

See also Log24 on the above Berlin date — April 16, 2016 —

For some historical background, see
the post ABC Art of November 8, 2015.

Review

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Fugue No. 21
B-Flat Major
Well-Tempered Clavier Book II
Johann Sebastian Bach
by Timothy A. Smith

Theme and Variations
by Steven H. Cullinane

The beginning of each —

Cullinane, 'Theme and Variations'

Some context —

The diamond theorem

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Stone Cold Continued*

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See also an obit for Robert Stone by Ashley Southall 
rewritten by Bruce Weber.

* The title refers to a Saturday night post of 11:29 PM ET,
   "Stone Cold Open," from January 10, 2015.

Photo of Robert Stone from New Republic

Friday, August 19, 2016

Ex Machina

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For the Symmetry Dancers of CERN

1947 Opening

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1. e4  See also Geometry of the I Ching
and "Miracle on 34th Street."

Princeton University Press in 1947

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From a review, in the context of Hollywood, of a Princeton
University Press book on William Blake from 1947 —

From Halloween 2013

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The orange and black Princeton colors in the previous post
suggest a review of Halloween 2013 —

By the Numbers

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Popup on Kellogg's Product 19  webpage —

Operation Outbrain

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The above clickbait was "Recommended by Outbrain."  The photo
shown does not appear on the site linked to. Background on the photo —

See also Brainstorm in this  journal.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

An Oxford Education:

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Or, "An Education Continued"

This journal on May 29, 2010, had a followup to
the previous day's post "Multispeech for Oxford"—

An Oxford workshop, "Quantum Physics and Logic," began
on the date of the above Log24 "Packed" post, May 29, 2010.
The first talk was by John Baez —

Baez's notes on his talk begin
"Duality has many manifestations in logic and physics." —

'Duality has many manifestations in logic and physics.'- John Baez

Yes, it does.

Hung Like a Hoss

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"Brutal choreography and dramatic intelligence"

—  Phrase from the subtitle of a review
     in The New Yorker , issue dated Aug. 22, 2016

A Midrash for Edmonton  

Choreography —  Sister Act

Judy Carne and Hoss in NBC's "Bonanza,"  a nemesis
of CBS Sunday programming.

IntelligenceThese Little Town Blues

Carey Mulligan and Michael Fassbender in "Shame" (2011).

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Humanitarian Award

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The New York Times  on a film director who reportedly died today

"Mr. Hiller was born on Nov. 13, 1923, in Edmonton, Alberta,
one of three children of Harry Hiller and the former Rose Garfin,
Jewish immigrants from Poland. His father ran a secondhand
musical instrument store in Edmonton.

His first contact with show business came through his parents,
who formed a community theater in Edmonton to present plays
in Yiddish. He helped his parents build and paint sets, and made
his acting debut at age 11."

Other news from Edmonton —

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Midnight Narrative

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The images in the previous post do not lend themselves
to any straightforward narrative. Two portions of the
large image search are, however, suggestive —

 
Boulez and Boole      and

 

Cross and Boolean lattice.

The improvised cross in the second pair of images
is perhaps being wielded to counteract the
Boole of the first pair of images. See the heading
of the webpage that is the source of the lattice
diagram toward which the cross is directed —

Update of 10 am on August 16, 2016 —

See also Atiyah on the theology of 
(Boolean) algebra vs. (Galois) geometry:

Monday, August 15, 2016

Google as Galatea …

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Today Reviews the Concept of "Göpel Inscape ."

Shown below is a condensed version of
Google-as-Galatea's full 11.7 MB image search
based on the two words Göpel inscape .​
 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Boole-Galois Games

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Continued from earlier posts on Boole vs. Galois.

From a Google image search today for "Galois Boole." 
Click the image to enlarge it.

Norwegian Meditation

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The previous post dealt with a death on August 6.

On that date nine years earlier —

"Atle Selberg, who had a major influence in mathematics
and especially in analytic number theory during the 20th century,
died on August 6 [2007]. Born on June 14, 1917, in Langesund,
Norway, he received his Ph.D. in 1943 from the University of Oslo. . . ."

— American Mathematical Society, 2007

See also Selberg in this  journal —

Click image for the full  version of the above post
and some remarks from the date of Selberg's death.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Death on August 6

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See this evening's online New York Times  for
a notable death on August 6, 2016.

Related material:  This journal on that date.

Summer Thrills

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Below: The NY Times "Summer Thrills" Sunday Book Review
of July 31, 2016.  Click image to enlarge.

Verrückt genug? 

Midnight Special

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The previous post suggests a review of posts tagged Wheeler in this journal.

See also a post from the date of Wheeler's death, The Echo in Plato's Cave.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Dustbucket Physics

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Peter Galison, a Harvard professor, is a defender of
the Vienna Circle and the religion of Scientism.

From Galison's “Structure of Crystal, Bucket of Dust,” in
Circles Disturbed: The Interplay of Mathematics and Narrative ,
edited by Apostolos Doxiadis and Barry Mazur, pp. 52-78 
(Princeton: Princeton U. Press, 2012) 

Galison's final paragraph —

"Perhaps, then, it should not surprise us too much if,
as Wheeler approaches the beginning-end of all things,
there is a bucket of Borelian dust. Out of this filth,
through the proposition machine of quantum mechanics
comes pregeometry; pregeometry makes geometry;
geometry gives rise to matter and the physical laws
and constants of the universe. At once close to and far
from the crystalline story that Bourbaki invoked,
Wheeler’s genesis puts one in mind of Genesis 3:19:
'In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou
return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken:
for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.' "

For fans of Scientism who prefer more colorful narratives —

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Large Desargues Configuration

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(Continued from April 2013 and later)

This is what I called "the large Desargues configuration
in posts of April 2013 and later.

The O and the I

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See Binary Shema.

Seeking Eden

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From Wikipedia

"Emily Eden  a hardened New York City homicide detective,
goes undercover to investigate the murder of a Hasidic 
diamond-cutter."

Midrash — See "Diamond + Dust + Glitter."

Logic of the Dust

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"Dust is a fictional elementary particle that is of
fundamental importance within the story." 

— Wikipedia on Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials  trilogy

A review of posts tagged Kabbalah yields —

  "If all that 'matters' are fundamentally mathematical relationships, then there ceases to be any important difference between the actual and the possible. (Even if you aren't a mathematical Platonist, you can always find some collection of particles of dust to fit any required pattern. In Permutation City  this is called the 'logic of the dust' theory.)….
    Paul Durham is convinced by the 'logic of the dust' theory mentioned above, and plans to run, just for a few minutes, a complex cellular automaton (Permutation City) started in a 'Garden of Eden' configuration — one which isn't reachable from any other, and which therefore must have been the starting point of a simulation….  I didn't understand the need for this elaborate set-up, but I guess it makes for a better story than 'well, all possible worlds exist, and I'm going to tell you about one of them.' "

— Danny Yee, review of Permutation City
     a novel by Greg Egan

See also in this journal a search for Dark Matter.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Logos and Logic

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"Logos and logic, crystal hypothesis,
 Incipit and a form to speak the word
 And every latent double in the word…."

— Wallace Stevens,
    "Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction,"
     Section I, Canto VIII

    

Narratives

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The novel Blood on Snow , set in Oslo, was published
by Knopf on April 7, 2015.  This journal on that date —

Log24 on Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Logic

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Seven years ago in this journal —

The above links:  the Stone,  the rules.

A related image —

Analogies Test

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Obituary for Wilford Stanton Miller, author in 1926
of the Miller Analogies Test  —  
         

Marshall McLuhan writing to Ezra Pound on Dec. 21, 1948—

"The American mind is not even close to being amenable
to the ideogram principle as yet.  The reason is simply this.
America is 100% 18th Century. The 18th century had
chucked out the principle of metaphor and analogy—
the basic fact that as A is to B so is C to D.  AB:CD.   
It can see AB relations.  But relations in four terms are still
verboten.  This amounts to deep occultation of nearly all
human thought for the U.S.A.

I am trying to devise a way of stating this difficulty as it exists.  
Until stated and publicly recognized for what it is, poetry and
the arts can’t exist in America."

A line for W. S. Miller, taken from "Annie Hall" —

"You know nothing of my work."

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Analogies Between Analogies (continued)

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2:3 :: 4:6

Midrash —

Piano keys with C, E, G as 4, 5, 6

Notes and frequency ratios

Gestalt

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See "Smallest Perfect" and "We Are Six."

Snowflake

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From "A Piece of the Storm,"
by the late poet Mark Strand —

"A snowflake, a blizzard of one…."

Monday, August 8, 2016

A Point of Identity

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For a  Monkey Grammarian  (Viennese Version)

"At the point of convergence
the play of similarities and differences
cancels itself out in order that 
identity alone may shine forth
The illusion of motionlessness,
the play of mirrors of the one: 
identity is completely empty;
it is a crystallization and
in its transparent core
the movement of analogy 
begins all over once again."

— The Monkey Grammarian 

by Octavio Paz, translated by Helen Lane 

A logo that may be interpreted as one-eighth of a 2x2x2 array
of cubes —

The figure in white above may be viewed as a subcube representing,
when the eight-cube array is coordinatized, the identity (i.e., (0, 0, 0)).

Shown below are a few variations on the figure by VCQ,
the Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology —
 

(Click image to enlarge.)

Searching for Finkelstein

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A search for Finkelstein in this journal yields an image

Piano keys with C, E, G as 4, 5, 6

Notes and frequency ratios

See also the remarks of a character in Martin Cruz Smith's 
novel Stallion Gate  on piano keys —

"I hate arguments. I'm a coward. Arguments are full of words,
and each person is sure he's the only one who knows
what the words mean. Each word is a basket of eels,
as far as I'm concerned. Everybody gets to grab just one eel
and that's his interpretation and he'll fight to the death for it….
Which is why I love music. You hit a C and it's a C and that's all it is.
Like speaking clearly for the first time. Like being intelligent.
Like understanding. A Mozart or an Art Tatum sits at the piano
and picks out the undeniable truth."

All in the Timing

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"Her hair is Harlow gold …"

Clark Gable and Jean Harlow in
"Wife vs. Secretary" (Feb. 28, 1936)

Sunday, August 7, 2016

It’s 10 PM …

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A metaphysical book search from about 10 PM ET 48 hours ago

An earlier search from July 1, 2016, may serve as a companion piece —

The Lauper Sermon

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"Confusion is nothing new." 
 

Illustrations —

http://www.log24.com/log/pix08/080525-Alethiometer.jpg

Alethiometer from "The Golden Compass"

A Talisman for Finkelstein

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The late physicist David Ritz Finkelstein on the magic square
in Dürer's "Melencolia I" —

"As a child I wondered why such a square was called magic.
The Occult Philosophy  [of Agrippa] answers this question
at least. They were used as magical talismans."

The correspondence  in the previous post between
Figures A and B may serve as a devotional talisman
in memory of Finkelstein, a physicist who, in the sort of
magical thinking enjoyed by traditional Catholics, might
still be lingering in Purgatory.

See also this journal on the date of Finkelstein's death —

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Mystic Correspondence:

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The Cube and the Hexagram

The above illustration, by the late Harvey D. Heinz,
shows a magic cube* and a corresponding magic 
hexagram, or Star of David, with the six cube faces 
mapped to the six hexagram lines and the twelve  
cube edges mapped to the twelve hexagram points.
The eight cube vertices correspond to eight triangles
in the hexagram (six small and two large). 

Exercise:  Is this noteworthy mapping** of faces to lines, 
edges to points, and vertices to triangles an isolated 
phenomenon, or can it be viewed in a larger context?

* See the discussion at magic-squares.net of
   "perimeter-magic cubes"

** Apparently derived from the Cube + Hexagon figure
    discussed here in various earlier posts. See also
    "Diamonds and Whirls," a note from 1984.

Friday, August 5, 2016

At 10 PM …

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Do you know where your Olympics are?

Update of a half-hour later, 10:27 PM ET —

Hints

Sleight of Post

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From an earlier Log24 post —

Friday, July 11, 2014

Spiegel-Spiel des Gevierts

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See Cube Symbology.

Robert Langdon (played by Tom Hanks) and a corner of Solomon's Cube

Da hats ein Eck 

From a post of the next day, July 12, 2014 —

"So there are several different genres and tones
jostling for prominence within Lexicon :
a conspiracy thriller, an almost abstract debate
about what language can do, and an ironic
questioning of some of the things it’s currently used for."

Graham Sleight in The Washington Post 
     a year earlier, on July 15, 2013

For the Church of Synchronology, from Log24 on the next day — 

From a post titled Circles on the date of Marc Simont's death —

See as well Verhexung  in this journal.

Stand-Up Guy

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Recent amateur psychological profiles of Trump 
suggest a review of Cliff Gorman as Goebbels
in "The Bunker" (1981) —

"Well That's their problem now."

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Routine

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Peter Gelzinis in the Boston Herald  today

"What has become painfully clear this week
is that there is no Republican campaign for
the presidency. There is only The Donald,
his 
reflex tweets, the folded pieces of paper
he pulls out of his coat pocket and a crazy
stand-up routine that is part Lenny Bruce
and part professor Irwin Corey."

APPLAUSE

Another Diagnostic Jew

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"Take that baby,  please! "

See also the previous post.

The Soltan Diagnosis

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Prof. Margaret Soltan's psychiatric diagnosis of Donald Trump

Professor Soltan, a fan of James Joyce, would do well
to apply her diagnostic powers to Finnegans Wake , 
a word salad if ever there was one.

Related recommended reading:

Schoolgirl Problems

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Compare and contrast the recent films
"The Diary of a Teenage Girl" and "Strangerland." 

(This post was suggested by yesterday's
"How Deep the Rabbit Hole Goes.")

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

How Deep the Rabbit Hole Goes

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"Mathematics is a process of making your metaphors ever more precise."

Dave Carter, quoted at AmericanSongwriter.com today

"Meticulously mapped" — Ben Brantley, review of the play "Rabbit Hole"
 in The New York Times , February 3, 2006

Dave Carter, quoted in "Dave Carter's Final Class,"
a post written by 
at AmericanSongwriter.com on 

"Eyes closed, you will feel your body traveling at great speed over the landscape. Somewhere there will be a hole down into the ground. As you go down into that tunnel, there may be creatures that try to stop you, stand in your path. You have to go right through them.

Finally you will come to something down there in the ground, a new place with some kind of gift for you. You just look around for it there, and you will find it." 

Carter reportedly died on July 19, 2002.

The next day

"And should you glimpse my wandering form out on the borderline
Between death and resurrection and the council of the pines
Do not worry for my comfort, do not sorrow for me so
All your diamond tears will rise up and adorn the sky beside me
     when I go"

— Dave Carter, song lyric, "When I Go"

Relax, He Said

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From the online New York Times  this afternoon

James Houghton, the founder and, until recently, the artistic director of the Signature Theater Company, one of Off Broadway’s essential nonprofit theaters and perhaps the nation’s leading safe house for playwrights, died on Tuesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 57. ….

From 2006 until his death, he was director of the drama division at the Juilliard School, which was founded in 1968  by John Houseman. Like Professor Kingsfield, the Harvard law scholar famously played by Houseman in the 1973 film “The Paper Chase,” the drama division was long known for its emphasis on discipline and for upholding rigorous standards that kept the pressure on the small number of students who were admitted after auditions. (In 2016 there 2,000 applicants for 18 spots.)

Mr. Houghton altered the Juilliard audition process and is credited with relaxing the atmosphere of the program. ….

“I don’t think there was anyone in the theater community more beloved than Jim,” the playwright Tony Kushner wrote in an email ….

— Bruce Weber

Related theater — Child's Play.

Article of Note

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Note —

See also the previous post, Notes Toward the Inarticulate.

Notes Toward the Inarticulate

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See the search for an Inarticulate Square in this journal.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Notes Toward a Dark Tower*

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Or:  Shema, SXSW

The doors open slowly. I step into a hangar. From the rafters high above, lights blaze down, illuminating a twelve-foot cube the color of gunmetal. My pulse rate kicks up. I can’t believe what I’m looking at. Leighton must sense my awe, because he says, “Beautiful, isn’t it?” It is exquisitely beautiful. At first, I think the hum inside the hangar is coming from the lights, but it can’t be. It’s so deep I can feel it at the base of my spine, like the ultralow-frequency vibration of a massive engine. I drift toward the box, mesmerized.

— Crouch, Blake. Dark Matter: A Novel
(Kindle Locations 2004-2010).
Crown/Archetype. Kindle Edition. 

Related reading —

"Do you know there is a deliberate sinister conspiracy at work?"

"No, but hum a few bars and I'll fake it."

A few bars —

* Not the Dark Tower of Stephen King, but that of the
   University of Texas at Austin, back in time 50 years and a day.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Cube

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From this journal —

See (for instance) Sacred Order, July 18, 2006 —

The finite Galois affine space with 64 points

From a novel published July 26, 2016, and reviewed
in yesterday's (print) New York Times Book Review —

The doors open slowly. I step into a hangar. From the rafters high above, lights blaze down, illuminating a twelve-foot cube the color of gunmetal. My pulse rate kicks up. I can’t believe what I’m looking at. Leighton must sense my awe, because he says, “Beautiful, isn’t it?” It is exquisitely beautiful. At first, I think the hum inside the hangar is coming from the lights, but it can’t be. It’s so deep I can feel it at the base of my spine, like the ultralow-frequency vibration of a massive engine. I drift toward the box, mesmerized.

— Crouch, Blake. Dark Matter: A Novel
(Kindle Locations 2004-2010).
Crown/Archetype. Kindle Edition. 

See also Log24 on the publication date of Dark Matter .

Strange Love

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Review of "Criminal," a recent Tommy Lee Jones film:

"The only problem is that the procedure requires
a certain type of mind, the mind of a psychopath."

Skip Hollandsworth in Texas Monthly, Feb. 2006,
discussing an interview wtih Texas actor Jones, mentions 

"Jones’ strangely mesmerizing performance as
a vicious psychopath who hijacks a battleship."

A sample of that performance suitable for Manic Monday —

"You have to reconsider your entire philosophy."

— Tommy Lee Jones in "Under Siege"

The New York Times Book Review  yesterday advertised 
such a reconsideration, for sale by a Smith College Buddhist —

(Click image to enlarge.)

For your consideration —

"And there’s a lot of humor in the collision between Easter [sic ]
mysticism and Western scientific, sort of logical binary."

— Benedict Cumberbatch on his new film "Doctor Strange."

Lead-balloon humor:

"Funny, you don't look  Buddhist."


Jay L. Garfield

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Strange Humor

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The title refers to the previous post.

Recommended reading:

From the above review

 "His book is the box; he himself is Maxwell's demon."

See also "Outside the Box" in this journal.

Binary

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"Benedict Cumberbatch Says a Journey
From Fact to Faith Is at the Heart of Doctor Strange
"

— io9 yesterday

" 'This man comes from a binary universe where it’s all about logic,' 
the actor told us at San Diego Comic-Con . . . .

'And there’s a lot of humor in the collision between Easter [sic ]
mysticism and Western scientific, sort of logical binary.' "

Related material — Strange Awards, April 14, 2016.

I prefer a different sort of journey. See Boole vs. Galois.

Darkness Visible

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Andrew O'Hehir on July 22 —

— and on July 27 —

"Unless th' Almighty Maker them ordain
His dark materials to create more Worlds
Into this wilde Abyss the warie fiend
Stood on the brink of Hell and look'd a while,
Pondering his Voyage…."

— John Milton, Paradise Lost , Book II

For Benedict Cumberbatch as a "warie fiend,"
see posts now tagged Both Hands.

More About Maya

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"I implore you, teach me more about Maya."

— from a novel by Hermann Hesse —

This suggests a review

See also posts now tagged Both Hands.

Friday, July 29, 2016

The Cumberbatch Question

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"How do I get from here to there?"

See also Compass in this journal.

Portal

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Darkness at Noon

 meets Midnight Special

— and the result is

All About Maya

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:01 PM

Or:   Are You Going to Vanity Fair ?

Illustration

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 11:09 AM

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

See also Embedding the Stone (March 23, 2012).

Thursday, July 28, 2016

A Mad Day’s Work

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Yesterday was the dies natalis , in the Catholic sense,
of the great cartoonist Jack Davis.

From an obituary

From this journal yesterday afternoon and morning

The Giglmayr Foldings

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Giglmayr's transformations (a), (c), and (e) convert
his starting pattern

  1    2   5   6
  3    4   7   8
  9  10 13 14
11  12 15 16

to three length-16 sequences. Putting these resulting
sequences back into the 4×4 array in normal reading
order, we have

  1    2    3    4        1   2   4   3          1    4   2   3
  5    6    7    8        5   6   8   7          7    6   8   5 
  9  10  11  12      13 14 16 15       15 14 16 13
13  14  15  16       9  10 12 11        9  12 10 11

         (a)                         (c)                      (e)

Four length-16 basis vectors for a Galois 4-space consisting
of the origin and 15 weight-8 vectors over GF(2):

0 0 0 0       0 0 0 0       0 0 1 1       0 1 0 1
0 0 0 0       1 1 1 1       0 0 1 1       0 1 0 1 
1 1 1 1       0 0 0 0       0 0 1 1       0 1 0 1
1 1 1 1       1 1 1 1       0 0 1 1       0 1 0 1 .

(See "Finite Relativity" at finitegeometry.org/sc.)

The actions of Giglmayr's transformations on the above
four basis vectors indicate the transformations are part of
the affine group (of order 322,560) on the affine space
corresponding to the above vector space.

For a description of such transformations as "foldings,"
see a search for Zarin + Folded in this journal.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Bialystock* Memorandum

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"By the time Forrest Mars Jr. retired from active management
in 1999, it was an $18 billion-a-year company selling Snickers,
Uncle Ben’s Rice and Pedigree pet food."

NY Times  obituary by Sam Roberts for a business figure who
     reportedly died yesterday (Uncle Ben's link added)

This, in light of the previous post, suggests a different passage
from yesterday's online New York Times  —

Church in Bialystok

* Spelling in honor of Max  Bialystock —

All About Eve

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See …

Click image to use links. The backstory link —

Christmas Eve, 2012.

Related material:

Deathly Hallows

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The previous post, on the July 13 death of computer scientist Robert Fano,
suggests a review of "Deathly Hallows" posts in this journal. From that review —

Mathematics

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11A/110505-WikipediaFanoPlane.jpg

The Fano plane block design

Magic

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11A/110505-DeathlyHallows.jpg

The Deathly Hallows symbol—
Two blocks short of  a design.

For further information, click the image below —

 .

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

In Nomine Patris

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"Robert Fano, an electrical engineer who was instrumental
in creating a world of instantly responsive computers, died
on July 13 in Naples, Fla. He was 98."

John Markoff in this evening's online New York Times

Wikipedia on Robert Fano

"Fano's father was the mathematician Gino Fano . . . .

A mnemonic I associate with the Fano plane — "Seven is Heaven . . . .

Log24 on the date of Robert Fano's death —

Installation: Area 51 Meets Apollo

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Ben Lerner on Judd's art at Marfa

"as if the installation were waiting to be visited
 by an alien or god" — 10:04: A Novel

Oslo artist Josefine Lyche's public Instagram today

See also Space (May 13, 2015).

Den Kopf

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"Den Kopf benutzen ist besser als ihn verlieren."

The Day of the Locus

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From A. Trehub's remarks on the "space-like retinoid system"
mentioned by Bernd Schmeikal in his masterpiece of bullshit,
"Four Forms Make a Universe" —

The Self Locus 

Trehub - 'Self as the neuronal origin of retinoid space'

For a different grounding of the self, see the previous post.

Pinpoint

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"Pinpoint high note"

Phrase by Margalit Fox in yesterday
    morning's online NY Times

For a pinpoint low note, see

The Voice

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Monday, July 25, 2016

The Retinoid Self

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Trehub - 'Self as the neuronal origin of retinoid space'

"… which grounds the self" . . .

Popular Mechanics  online today

"Verizon exec Marni Walden seemed to
indicate Mayer's future may still be up in the air."

See also 5×5 in this  journal —

IMAGE- Right 3-4-5 triangle with squares on sides and hypotenuse as base

"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

Viennese Thought Continues

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"Now vee may perhaps to begin. Yes?" — Philip Roth

'The Whole Universal Spook' at University of Vienna

 

She Thrusts Her Fists Against the Posts …

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 11:38 AM

Tabs: Log24 posts and 'Yahoo Gives Up the Ghost'

Popular Mechanics  today

"Per the New York Times , embattled CEO Marissa Mayer
will not be joining the company, but is expected to receive
a $40 million severance package—as always, it pays to be
the boss. But Mayer said in a Tumblr post that she planned
to stay on
—while Verizon exec Marni Walden seemed to
indicate Meyer's future may still be up in the air."
— 

Who You Gonna Call?

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

LA Stories

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The contents page in the previous post is from a novel
by a Los Angeles screenwriter, Robert J. Avrech.

Avrech's story —

LA stories I prefer —

In the Details

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The previous post mentioned the late film publicist David Horowitz.

This  post is more in the spirit of a different  David Horowitz.

From a digital copy of The Hebrew Kid and the Apache Maiden  —

Detail from lower right — the date 9/29/04 —

See also Log24 on that date (Michaelmas 2004).

Late Show

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"Sometime in the wee hours Linda wakes me up
after a troubled sleep and she said, ‘Look, he’s
got to go on the Carson show to make this right.’"

— The late David Horowitz,
    according to an obituary

A different Carson show —

Horowitz reportedly died on Sunday, July 17, 2016.

Point Omega …

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Continues .

In this post, "Omega" denotes a generic 4-element set.

For instance Cullinane's 

Logo for 'Elements of Finite Geometry'

or Schmeikal's 

 .

The mathematics appropriate for describing
group actions on such a set is not Schmeikal's
Clifford algebra, but rather Galois's finite fields.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Annals of Viennese Thought

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http://www.log24.com/log/pix11A/110617-UniversitatWienSeal.jpg

From a University of Vienna researcher
quoted in yesterday's 11 AM ET post

'The Whole Universal Spook' at University of Vienna

For further University of Vienna meditations, see Fitch.

But Seriously …

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Those who want a serious  approach to the mathematics
of Clifford algebras — via finite geometry, the natural setting
of the four group  of the previous post — should consult

"Finite Geometry, Dirac Groups and the Table of
Real Clifford Algebras
," by Ron Shaw (1995).

Friday, July 22, 2016

The Four-Group Manifesto

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'Four Forms Make a Universe,' by Bernd Schmeikal, April 2015

"The four base units commute and satisfy
the multiplication table of the Klein 4 group."

— Bernd Schmeikal, article accepted
    for publication on 11 April 2015

See also Log24 on 11 April 2015 (Orthodox Holy Saturday).

Coterie (for Philip Rieff)

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An image from Log24 on Sunday

An image from Log24 on Monday

A death on Monday

Thursday, July 21, 2016

A Mad Day’s Preprint*

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Pierre Cartier, 'How to take advantage of the blur between the finite and the infinite,' preprint of May 3,2011

See also, from that same day, "24-Part Invention."

* The title is a reference to a 2001 article by Cartier on
   "the evolution of concepts of space and symmetry" —

Image Search

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Click to enlarge.

See also the word  "contrapuntal" in this journal. 

Memorial

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Part I

From this journal in September 2012

Part II

See "The Shining (Norwegian Version)" from December 2011.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Weather for Jews

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow

"What I'm aiming for are moments of strong sensation —
moments of total physical experience of the landscape,
when weather just reaches out and sucks you in."

The late Jane Wilson —

See also the previous post and, from the date of Wilson's death,

Geometry for Jews (Continued) —

Willkommen: A Review

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Epigraphs for Ben Carson

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Outside the Box

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For further details, click the box.

Interior, Exterior

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The post Outer, Inner of July 16, 2016, contained the following
illustration of a quote from "An Ordinary Evening in New Haven" —

An image from yesterday morning pictured a link to the
Feb. 10, 2014, post Mystery Box III: Inside, Outside.

That post, shown below, offers a deeper interpretation of the
Stevens quote "an interior made exterior."

(Click image below to use the post's links.)

Shared Values

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From this morning's online New York Times

Ms. Trump, Monday night:

“From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise, that you treat people with respect. They taught and showed me values and morals in their daily lives. That is a lesson that I continue to pass along to our son. And we need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow. Because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.”

Mrs. Obama, in her 2008 speech:

“Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you’re going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don’t know them, and even if you don’t agree with them. And Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and pass them on to the next generationBecause we want our children — and all children in this nation — to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.”

Red for Republican,
Blue for Democrat

the values that you work hard for
what you want in life

same values: that you work hard for
what you want in life

that your word is your bond
that your word is your bond

and you do what you say 
and you do what you say 

that you treat people with respect
that you treat people with dignity and respect

pass those lessons on 
to the many generations to follow

pass them on 
to the next generation

Because we want our children
in this nation

Because we want our children —
and all children in this nation

to know that the only limit
to your achievements

to know that the only limit
to 
the height of your achievements

is the strength of your dreams
is the reach of your dreams

and your willingness to work for them.
and your willingness to work for them.
 

Thanks for sharing.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Who You Gonna Call?

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Ghostwriters!

(This post was suggested by a New Yorker  piece online
today about Donald Trump's ghostwriter Tony Schwartz.)

The "ghost writer" link above leads to …

Raiders of the Lost Art

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The two wheel-like circles in this morning's previous post
suggest a review of some related (fictional) art —

 

ART WARS: Magic Circles

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An artist mentioned in  a NY Times  obituary  this morning —

(Click for the source.)

I prefer some not-so-magic circles —

Primitive roots modulo 17 and a related figure

Click for related posts tagged root circle.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Portal

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For the late Boruch Alan Bermowitz  (June 23, 1938 – July 16, 2016).

From this journal at 11 pm ET yesterday, the day Bermowitz died —

Where Entertainment Is God

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Continues. Click to enlarge.

Sunday School

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See http://m759.net/wordpress/?s=Correspondances+Baudelaire.

Symmetries and Correspondences

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Continued from  July 14, 2016


 

Symmetries and Correspondences in 1879 —

Cyparissos Stephanos
Sur les systèmes desmiques de trois tétraèdres
Bulletin des sciences mathématiques
et astronomiques 2e série
,
Tome 3, No. 1 (1879), pp. 424-456.
<http://www.numdam.org/item?id=BSMA_1879_2_3_1_424_1>
© Gauthier-Villars, 1879, tous droits réservés.


 

Symmetries and Correspondences in 1905 —

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Outer, Inner

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A detail from this morning's 6 AM post

An Ordinary Evening in New Haven, XXII

Professor Eucalyptus said, “The search
For reality is as momentous as
The search for god.” It is the philosopher’s search

For an interior made exterior
And the poet’s search for the same exterior made
Interior: breathless things broodingly abreath

With the Inhalations of original cold
And of original earliness. Yet the sense
Of cold and earliness is a daily sense,

Not the predicate of bright origin.
Creation is not renewed by images
Of lone wanderers. To re-create, to use

The cold and earliness and bright origin
Is to search. Likewise to say of the evening star,
The most ancient light in the most ancient sky,

That it is wholly an inner light, that it shines
From the sleepy bosom of the real, re-creates,
Searches a possible for its possibleness.

— Wallace Stevens

See also Bloomsday 2007, "Obituaries in the News."

This morning's 6 AM post linked to a more recent obituary in the news

"… while Jules and Judy were still living in Brooklyn Heights … 
Jules collaborated with his former roommate, Norton Juster,
by illustrating what was to become the children’s classic
The Phantom Tollbooth . Neither author or illustrator had
a clue as to how to get this unlikely work published, and it
was Judy’s idea to take it to a mutual friend . . . ."

The Midnight Beginning

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From the midnight beginning  June 27, 2016 —

This review of the above post was suggested by the
Galois-related footnote in the previous post and by
an obituary in this morning's online New York Times .
See as well a July 6 obituary for the same person in
The Martha's Vineyard Times .

Binary Shema: The “O” and the “I”

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The "I" of "I Am that I Am" has been described as a creation of
an "ur-unity" (see the Anderson passage below) and this ur-unity,
denoted by "O," has been described elsewhere as "a primary reality"
(see the Sullivan passage below). These descriptions are of course 
much less clear than those usually given for the similar purely
mathematical *  notations "0" and "1."

See also Quine's Shema  in "Is Nothing Sacred?" —

0! = 1.

Quoted here on July 30, 2015

Kabbalah and Finnegans Wake

Linked to here on June 29, 2016

Bion and the 'O'

*  Note for mathematicians: Here characteristic 0 is assumed .
    Quine's Shema does not apply to Galois.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Million-Dollar Baby

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Ms. Beauman's second husband was Shakespearean actor
Alan Howard, who reportedly died on Valentine's Day 2015.

Beauman herself reportedly died on July 7, 2016.

See, from that date, posts now tagged "The Nothing That Is."

For some remarks related, if only theatrically, to Ms. Beauman's lucrative 
novel Destiny  and to Mr. Howard, see posts tagged "One Ring."

A Sign That You May Have Taken The Red Pill

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For the Church of Synchronology

A post from the upload date of the above Log Lady video:

Autistic Enchantment*

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Robert Nye, author of the novel Falstaffreportedly died
at 77 on July 2, 2016.

Harvey D. Heinz, expert on magic squares, cubes,
tesseracts, etc., reportedly died at 82 on July 6, 2013.

In memoriam —

From the date of Nye's death:

From Nye's book:

From the date of Heinz's death:

* See also a search for the title in this journal.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Symmetries and Correspondences

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The title is that of a large-scale British research project
in mathematics. On a more modest scale

"Hanks + Cube" in this journal —

Robert Langdon (played by Tom Hanks) and a corner of Solomon's Cube

Block That Metaphor

For Spider Woman

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Film Director Hector Babenco Dies in Brazil

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
JULY 14, 2016, 10:39 A.M. E.D.T.

SAO PAULO — The Argentine-born Brazilian director
nominated for an Oscar for his 1985 film "Kiss of the
Spider Woman" has died. Hector Babenco was 70.

Denise Winther of Babenco's HB Films says the director
died Wednesday night of a heart attack at Sao Paulo's
Sirio-Libanes Hospital.

See also "Only Connect" and "Tombstones in Her Eyes."

Bono and Taymor at 'Spider-Man'

Click image for a related post.

Meditation from an April 1

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 9:38 AM

Related material from the same day —

See also

Cube Bricks 1984 —

An Approach to Symmetric Generation of the Simple Group of Order 168

The above bricks appeared in some earlier Log24 posts.

Midnight Special

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(Continued)

"Poincaré said that science is no more a collection of facts than a house is a collection of bricks. The facts have to be ordered or structured, they have to fit a theory, a construct (often mathematical) in the human mind.

… Mathematics may be art, but to the general public it is a black art, more akin to magic and mystery. This presents a constant challenge to the mathematical community: to explain how art fits into our subject and what we mean by beauty.

In attempting to bridge this divide I have always found that architecture is the best of the arts to compare with mathematics. The analogy between the two subjects is not hard to describe and enables abstract ideas to be exemplified by bricks and mortar, in the spirit of the Poincaré quotation I used earlier."

— Sir Michael Atiyah, "The Art of Mathematics"
     in the AMS Notices , January 2010

A post  from this  journal later in 2010 —

The above post's date — May 20, 2010 — was
the date of death for mathematician Walter Rudin.

The above post from that date has a link to the
Heinlein story "And He Built a Crooked House."
A not-so-crooked house —

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Luminosity

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"At CERN the LHC has reached design luminosity,
and is breaking records with a fast pace of new
collisions. This may have something to do with the
report that the LHC is also about to tear open
a portal to another dimension
."

— Peter Woit, Thursday, June 30, 2016,
    at 1:01 PM ET 

Another sort of design luminosity —

IMAGE- Massimo Vignelli, his wife Lella, and cube

Claves

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For one meaning of the title, see The Faustian Merry-Go-Round.

Look Busters

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 8:48 PM

See a search in this journal for "Look, Buster."

Fritz Leiber's 'Spider' symbol

Block That Metaphor

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Magic cube and corresponding hexagram, or Star of David, with faces mapped to lines and edges mapped to points (The 6 cube faces are mapped to the 6 hexagram lines.)

Happy dies natalis  to the late Frida Kahlo.

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