Tuesday, June 30, 2015
… de la Iglesia
See Jan. 16-18, 2008, on poetry in Spanish
and the death of chess champion Bobby Fischer.
Note also yesterday evening's post and the date
Jan. 18, 2008, in the following Google search sidebar:
The film of The Oxford Murders was first released on Jan. 18,
2008, in Spain. Its premiere was in Madrid on the preceding day,
which was also the day of Bobby Fischer's death.
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Monday, June 29, 2015
In memory of Reynolds, a Dante scholar who reportedly died
on April 29, 2015 —
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Steen reportedly died on Sunday, June 21, 2015.
This was the day of the most recent post in
the "High White Noon" series.
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(As opposed to the previous post.)
Today is the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul.
A reading from a parish named for them,
dated September 20, 2014 —
See also this journal on the above date — Sept. 20, 2014.
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Sunday, June 28, 2015
1985 — Church window in "Broken Wings" music video —
For Kristen Wiig, whose performances
in "MacGruber" (2010) to the accompaniment of
the above 1985 Mr. Mister song "Broken Wings," and
as NASA spokesperson Annie Montrose in the upcoming
film "The Martian"
give a new meaning to the phrase "flying fuck."
2015 — NASA video of June 28 Falcon 9 launch —
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(Continued from April 6, 2013)
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Saturday, June 27, 2015
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"It is as if one were to condense
all trends of present day mathematics
onto a single finite structure…."
— Gian-Carlo Rota, foreword to
A Source Book in Matroid Theory ,
Joseph P.S. Kung, Birkhäuser, 1986
"There is such a thing as a matroid."
— Saying adapted from a novel by Madeleine L'Engle
Related remarks from Mathematics Magazine in 2009 —
See also the eightfold cube —
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Friday, June 26, 2015
For TD Arena …
See also Lincoln Alexander and posts in
this journal just before and on the date of
Alexander's death — Oct. 19, 2012.
* For the title, see Spielfeld posts.
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Thursday, June 25, 2015
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Do you know where your watch is?
From a post of May 13, 2015 —
From the recent film "Interstellar" —
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In keeping with the resurrection themes of the
previous post and of "Plan 9 from Outer Space,"
here is a link to the soundtrack of "Field of Dreams."
A post of March 11, 2014, on
truth, cornfields, and Rebecca Goldstein —
Dark Fields of the Republic.
R.I.P., James Horner.
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Rebecca Goldstein, the author mentioned in
the previous two posts, spoke at Santa Fe Institute
on Easter Monday, April 9, 2012.
This journal on that date:
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The Santa Fe Institute logo, together with the previous post,
suggests a review of Whirligig and Quaternion for Goldstein.
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Monday, June 22, 2015
"… geometry will draw the soul towards truth…." — Plato
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Sunday, June 21, 2015
You can't make this stuff up.
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Saturday, June 20, 2015
The previous post's link to The Lindbergh Manifesto
and Thursday's post on Basel-born artist Wolf Barth
suggest the following —
See as well a June 14 New York Times
piece on Art Basel.
The logo of the University of Basel …
… suggests a review of The Holy Field —
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See also Wenders and Lindbergh in this journal.
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Friday, June 19, 2015
There is such a thing as geometry.*
* Proposition adapted from A Wrinkle in Time , by Madeleine L'Engle.
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The star of the new film "Chappie" is on tour.
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Thursday, June 18, 2015
(Continued from Feb. 3, 2015)
The above artist Wolf Barth is not the same person
as the mathematician Wolf Barth quoted in the
previous post. For further background on the artist, see
an article in Neue Zürcher Zeitung from Nov. 15, 2013.
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Wednesday, June 17, 2015
The title of the previous post, "Slow Art," is a phrase
of the late art critic Robert Hughes.
Example from mathematics:
Göpel tetrads as subsets of a 4×4 square in the classic
1905 book Kummer's Quartic Surface by R. W. H. T. Hudson.
These subsets were constructed as helpful schematic diagrams,
without any reference to the concept of finite geometry they
were later to embody.
Göpel tetrads (not then named as such), again as subsets of
a 4×4 square, that form the 15 isotropic projective lines of the
finite projective 3-space PG(3,2) in a note on finite geometry
from 1986 —
Göpel tetrads as these figures of finite geometry in a 1990
foreword to the reissued 1905 book of Hudson:
Click the Barth passage to see it with its surrounding text.
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Monday, June 15, 2015
Slowness is sometimes in the eye of the beholder.
See this journal on Slow Art Day 2015.
Related material: Epistemic States in this journal.
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See that phrase in this journal.
See also last night's post.
The Greek letter Ω is customarily used to
denote a set that is acted upon by a group.
If the group is the affine group of 322,560
transformations of the four-dimensional
affine space over the two-element Galois
field, the appropriate Ω is the 4×4 grid above.
See the Cullinane diamond theorem.
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Sunday, June 14, 2015
… was added to the Wikipedia article Finite geometry.
(Shown above is a slightly newer image, changed to reflect
the Wikipedia article's remarks on the schoolgirls problem.)
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On a former LA Times editor who reportedly died today at 73 —
"Richard Masland, who grew up with Carroll, described
his friend as a mediocre student who enjoyed midnight
raids on auto junkyards and other mischief.
But, Masland noted, he 'was never the front man.
He let other people actually do the raising of hell.'"
— Elaine Woo, LA Times , June 14, 2015
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( Continued )
The New York Times this morning, in an
obituary for a maker of crossword puzzles :
"… the first known crossword puzzle appeared in
an American newspaper. (Called a 'word-cross'
and shaped like a diamond, it was published in
The New York World on Sunday, Dec. 21, 1913.)"
See St. Nicholas magazine, November 1874, p. 59 :
For the answer, see this journal on Aug. 29, 2002
(with a scene from Spellbound ) and on July 15, 2004.
On that same date …
The Seattle Times , Feb. 8, 2015, updated Feb. 12—
How to solve the puzzle:
"… you begin by filling in the missing words
for the limericks.
Dice, yAhtzee, woN, yahTzee, twicE;
Wall, dRawl, geOrgia’s, staTe, minnEsota;
Truck, rEd, fiReman’s, blaZe, hydrAnt;
Bob, sLob, prAy, saiNt, thanK.
The capital letters help to show what comes next,
as clued by the 1,2,3,4,5 in the title.
You take the first letter of the first inserted word,
the second of the second and so on. The resulting
message is ‘Dante wrote terza blank.’ The blank
is RIMA, as terza rima was the rhyme scheme
Dante used in the Divine Comedy."
See also two other dates, June 3, 2015, and June 10, 2015,
in this journal and in the life of the puzzle author.
The date of the puzzle's answer, Feb. 8, 2015, is also
not without interest.
“Click on fanciful .”
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Saturday, June 13, 2015
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( A Chinese designation for the 3×3 square )
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"And not all the king's men nor his horses
Will resurrect his corpus."
— Finnegans Wake
See as well Andy Weir's "The Egg" and Working Backward.
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A version of the song in the previous post that I prefer:
A related meditation —
For a more abstract version of the
"matrix of the cosmic process,"
see "3×3 Grid" in this journal.
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Friday, June 12, 2015
For a singer.
The right stuff —
How can we know the singer from the song ?
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The online Los Angeles Times yesterday —
June 11, 2015
Robert Chartoff, an Oscar-winning Hollywood producer
who got a tantalizing peek into show business in the Catskills
and went on to make six "Rocky" films, "Raging Bull,"
"The Right Stuff" and nearly two dozen other movies,
has died at his home in Santa Monica. He was 81.
Chartoff, who died Wednesday, had been diagnosed with
pancreatic cancer two years ago, his son William said.
— Steve Chawkins
A fiction quoted here on the reported date of Chartoff's death —
“What… what happened?” you asked. “Where am I?”
“You died,” I said, matter-of-factly. No point in mincing words.
— Andy Weir, "The Egg"
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“Was ist Raum, wie können wir ihn
erfassen und gestalten?”
The Theory and
Organization of the
This post was suggested by the Bauhaus song
"Bela Lugosi's Dead" at the beginning of the
1983 Tony Scott classic "The Hunger."
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"Now we're partners in crime" — Ace of Base, "The Golden Ratio"
"The Hunger" (1983) was directed by Tony Scott.
See also Tony Scott in this journal.
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" … yet the dread
Of dying, and being dead,
Flashes afresh to hold and horrify."
— Philip Larkin, "Aubade"
From tonight's New York Times obituaries —
See as well "Child Buyer" in this journal.
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Thursday, June 11, 2015
Omega is a Greek letter, Ω , used in mathematics to denote
a set on which a group acts.
For instance, the affine group AGL(3,2) is a group of 1,344
actions on the eight elements of the vector 3-space over the
two-element Galois field GF(2), or, if you prefer, on the Galois
field Ω = GF(8).
Related fiction: The Eight , by Katherine Neville.
Related non-fiction: A remark by Werner Heisenberg
in this journal on Saturday, June 6, 2015, the eightfold cube ,
and the illustrations below —
The Fano plane block design
The Deathly Hallows symbol—
Two blocks short of a design.
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"For every kind of vampire, there is a kind of cross."
— Gravity's Rainbow
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015
From Socrates to Waterloo —
(Click images to enlarge.)
See also today's earlier Epistemic Tetrads.
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See also "Welcome to Me" in Log24 and recent posts tagged Grindhouse.
Update of 9 PM:
The book that "The Martian" is based on is by Andy Weir.
A somewhat Hindu (or Socratic) religious meditation from
Weir's earlier story "The Egg" —
“Your soul is more magnificent, beautiful, and gigantic
than you can possibly imagine."
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"Let the choir sing." — Madonna
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See an informative essay at noplace.no on the work of
Oslo artist Josefine Lyche in connection with her current
(June 12-21) exhibition, "Contact."
A paragraph from that essay —
See also Lyche in this journal.
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"Those that can be obtained…." —
Related music video: Waterloo.
* "In defense of the epistemic view of quantum states:
a toy theory," by Robert W. Spekkens, Perimeter Institute
for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Canada
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Click the above image for the IMDb page from which it is taken.
Peter J. Cameron today:
"Course material associated with Jack Edmonds’ lectures
can be found here."
See also High Concept (Jan. 21, 2015) —
Image from the end of the 2012 film "Travelling Salesman"
— and another eye in a triangle …
From the Log24 post Prize (June 7, 2015)
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Tuesday, June 9, 2015
* Zapf, a type designer, reportedly died on Thursday, June 4, 2015.
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"Looking for what was, where it used to be" — Wallace Stevens
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For geeks* —
" Domain, Domain on the Range , "
where Domain = the Galois tesseract and
Range = the four-element Galois field.
This post was suggested by the previous post,
by a Log24 search for Knight + Move, and by
the phrase "discouraging words" found in that search.
* A term from the 1947 film "Nightmare Alley."
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From The Daily Princetonian on May 29, 2015:
"… well, isn’t that what Reunions is all about?
"Try to remember the kind of September …."
From this journal on May 29, 2015:
The Dark Horse Rises
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Monday, June 8, 2015
A box of Frosties for Joyce Carol Oates.
Backstory: Oxford Word (July 10, 2004) —
a meditation on the date January 29 —
and that date here this year.
* "Oates to retire after 2015"
— The Daily Princetonian
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(Continued from May 25)
Above: Scenes from "The Hard Problem" and "Fun Home."
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Sunday, June 7, 2015
The above excerpt from a post of Aug. 3, 2008,
was suggested by the death date of the musician
at left in the photo below.
A related musical note:
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Saturday, June 6, 2015
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Friday, June 5, 2015
See also Snow White Dance.
For those who prefer mathematics to narrative:
Object of Beauty.
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Thursday, June 4, 2015
Princeton University's president on June 2, 2015 —
“Dream Audaciously,” Eisgruber Urges Graduates
Related news —
Film director Christopher Nolan at Princeton on June 1, 2015:
“In these graduation speeches, generally, you have the
speaker say something along the lines of, ‘You need to
chase your dreams,’ ” Nolan said. “But I’m not going to
say that because I don’t believe it. I don’t want you to
chase your dreams. I want you to chase your realities.
And I want to say: Don’t chase your realities at the
expense of your dreams, but as the foundation of your
"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
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Related material —
Spooks, Unholy and Holy :
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Two pieces by NPR education writer Molly Bloom:
See also yesterday's post on another NPR / Princeton education figure,
An illustration (click for larger view with context):
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Wednesday, June 3, 2015
From MAA columnist Keith Devlin yesterday :
"All very depressing. I fear that this state of affairs
will continue all the time US education continues to be
treated as a political football, with our nation’s children
and their teachers treated as pawns while various
groups fight political battles…."
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“Is it safe?"
— Annals of Art Education :
Geometry and Death
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See as well a note on "Joyce's Use of Kubla Khan"
and remarks from Jesus College, Oxford , on
"Seeking the Sirens' Song."
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Tuesday, June 2, 2015
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Continued from August 5, 2002…
See also Venn's Trinity ("diamonds and rust") and a Monday death.
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A review describes the main character in the 1981 novel
The Knife in My Hands —
"His other peculiar characteristic is a fascination, developed during
his university years, with the Cabala and, like a miniature Lowry,*
he spends much of his time wandering drunkenly through its
AA motto: "Principles before personalities."
* Related material: Back to the Real.
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Monday, June 1, 2015
Background — A search for the title in this journal.
Grothendieck was at times excited about space:
"The notion of space is certainly one of the oldest
in mathematics. It is fundamental to our 'geometric'
perspective on the world, and has been so tacitly
for over two millenia. It's only over the course of the
19th century that this concept has, bit-by-bit, freed
itself from the tyranny of our immediate perceptions
(that is, one and the same as the 'space' that
surrounds us), and of its traditional theoretical
treatment (Euclidean), to attain to its present
dynamism and autonomy. In our own times it has
joined the ranks of those notions that are most freely
and universally employed in mathematics, and is
familiar, I would say, to every mathematician
without exception. It has become a concept of multiple
and varied aspects, of hundreds of thousands of faces…."
An aspect not so familiar: Diamond Space.
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