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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Thursday December 21, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 10:02 AM
Strings Attached

From a New York Times review on Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, of the play “Strings”–

The three main characters “spend much of the play discussing quantum mechanics, string theory and Schrödinger’s Cat experiment….

Ms. Buggé’s frequently clever script makes the audience feel smart by offering up fairly recognizable literary references (from, among other things, T. S. Eliot’s ‘Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’ and William Wordsworth’s ‘Tintern Abbey’). But the play suffers from abrupt, sometimes motivation-free exits and entrances.”


As does life itself.

The Conjecture:

 Preludes to
Last Summer’s
String Theory
Conference

Oh, do not ask, “What is it?

Let us go and make our visit.

On Tuesday evening, the schedule says “Prof. Yau present his new research result,” which presumably will be about the proof of the Poincare conjecture.

Would it have been worth while,
To have bitten off the matter
   with a smile,
To have squeezed the universe
   into a ball
To roll it toward some
   overwhelming question….

Yau rated the conjecture as one of  the major mathematical puzzles of the 20th Century.

Five years have passed;
    five summers, with the length
Of five long winters!

William Wordsworth

Five years ago
on this date:

There is one story and one story only
That will prove worth your telling….
 
— Robert Graves,
“To Juan at the Winter Solstice”

Exits and Entrances:

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Halmos exited on Yom Kippur.
He may or may not achieve
re-entry. For details, see
Log24 entries of Oct. 1-15:

Ticket Home

  

Related material:

The Unity of Mathematics,
  Heisenberg on Beauty, and
Theme and Variations.

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