Monday, February 28, 2005

Monday February 28, 2005

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 7:00 PM

The Meaning of 3:16

From The New Yorker, issue dated Feb. 28, 2005:

Time Bandits,” by Jim Holt, pages 80-85:

“Wittgenstein once averred that ‘there can never be surprises in logic.'”

Miss Gould,” by David Remnick, pages 34-35:

“She was a fiend for problems of sequence and logic…. Her effect on a piece of writing could be like that of a master tailor on a suit; what had once seemed slovenly and overwrought was suddenly trig and handsome.”


See Donald E. Knuth’s Diamond Signs, Knuth’s 3:16 Bible Texts Illuminated, and the entry of 3:16 PM today.

Trig and handsome

Remnick on Miss Gould again:

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Miss Gould,
photo from
Oberlin site

“She shaped the language of the magazine, always striving for a kind of Euclidean clarity– transparent, precise, muscular.”

Figure from           
3/16 2004:           
Intersecting altitudes
Einstein on Time cover

Einstein on his
“holy geometry book” —

“Here were assertions, as for example the intersection of the three altitudes of a triangle in one point, which– though by no means evident– could nevertheless be proved with such certainty that any doubt appeared to be out of the question. This lucidity and certainty made an indescribable impression upon me.”

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   “I need a photo opportunity,   
      I want a shot at redemption….”

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