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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Saturday March 14, 2009

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 2:02 PM
Flowers for Barry

Rat in Maze, image from 'Marine Rat' at http://troops.americandaughter.org/?p=35

On Time
(in Mathematics and Literature)

“… I want to spend these twenty minutes savoring, and working up, the real complexity of the metaphorical relationship of time and distance– to defamiliarize it for us. And then I will give a few examples of how imaginative literature makes use of the inherent strangeness in this relationship:

Time ↔ Distance.

And finally I will offer my opinion (which I think must be everyone’s opinion) about why we derive significant– but not total– comfort from this equation.”

— Barry Mazur, March 8, 2009, draft (pdf) of talk for conference on comparative literature*

Another version of
Mazur’s metaphor
 Time ↔ Distance:

Equivalence of Walsh functions with hyperplanes in a finite geometry

— Steven H. Cullinane,
October 8, 2003

For some context in
comparative literature,
see Time Fold
(Oct. 10, 2003)
and A Hanukkah Tale
(Dec. 22, 2008).

Related material:
Rat Psychology
yesterday.

* American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) annual meeting, March 26-29, 2009, at Harvard. Mazur’s talk is scheduled for March 28.

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