Thursday, February 5, 2004

Thursday February 5, 2004

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:56 PM

Quantum Logic:

A memorial to the late Alan Bullock,
founding master of St. Catherine’s College,
Oxford, and historian of the Third Reich.

Bullock died on Groundhog Day.

From an obituary:

“Hitler: a Study in Tyranny was published in 1952 with the aphorism from Aristotle: ‘Men do not become tyrants in order to keep out the cold.’  In the same year Alan Bullock took up his appointment to the oddly-named office of ‘Censor’ of St. Catherine’s Society – a male society, constitutionally part of the University, with a handful of tutors and no residential accommodation.  Ten years later it became a College….”

Emblem of
St. Catherine’s
College, Oxford

Quantum Oscillator
from Nov. 25, 2003
(St. Catherine’s Day)

Explaining what these Catherine wheels symbolize seems an appropriate task for Oxford philosophers.  From the St. Catherine’s College site: “The College’s motto – Nova et Vetera (the new and the old) – sums up its unique quality among Oxford colleges.”

See also today’s previous entry, prompted by a recent MIT Press book on philosophy and quantum theory.

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