Saturday, November 9, 2002

Saturday November 9, 2002

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 4:44 AM

Birthdate of Hermann Weyl


Plato’s Diamond

Result of a Google search.

Category:  Science > Math > Algebra > Group Theory 

Weyl, H.: Symmetry.
Description of the book Symmetry by Weyl, H., published by Princeton University Press. pup.princeton.edu/titles/
865.html – 7k – Nov. 8, 2002

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Quotation from Weyl’s Symmetry:

“Symmetry is a vast subject, significant in art and nature. Mathematics lies at its root, and it would be hard to find a better one on which to demonstrate the working of the mathematical intellect.”

In honor of Princeton University, of Sylvia Nasar (see entries of Nov, 6), of the Presbyterian Church (see entry of Nov. 8), and of Professor Weyl (whose work partly inspired the website Diamond Theory), this site’s background music is now Pink Floyd’s

“Shine On, 
   You Crazy Diamond.”

Updates of Friday, November 15, 2002:

In order to clarify the meaning of “Shine” and “Crazy” in the above, consult the following —

To accompany this detailed exegesis of Pink Floyd, click here for a reading by Marlon Brando.

For a related educational experience, see pages 126-127 of The Book of Sequels, by Henry Beard, Christopher Cerf, Sarah Durkee, and Sean Kelly (Random House paperback, 1990).

Speaking of sequels, be on the lookout for Annie Dillard’s sequel to Teaching a Stone to Talktitled Teaching a Brick to Sing.


  1. Hermann said: My work always tried to unite the truth with the beautiful, but when I had to choose one or the other, I usually chose the beautiful.

    It seems that the two of you have the same agenda.


    Comment by oOMisfitOo — Saturday, November 9, 2002 @ 11:38 AM

  2. Oddly enough, something approximating the term ‘pink floyd’ is the name of a moon orbiting a planet in our solar system.

    I was there for the last holidays. Good place.

    Comment by AlienVisitor — Saturday, November 9, 2002 @ 7:52 PM

  3. Having just discovered that I have been called a “pathological liar” at my Diamond Theory Forum website, I hesitate to endorse Weyl’s remark in the first comment above. But I do appreciate the comment.

    Comment by m759 — Sunday, November 10, 2002 @ 4:20 AM

  4. In regards to your forum: Someone forgot to “Think before they posted”, eh?

    . . .

    Now, my son is in need of a quote from someone of academic stature in regards to Robert Frost’s “The road not taken”.

    They are discussing which poem to use for their graduation ceremonies and this is one of the three they have suggested.

    He likes this one, and his English assignment is to provide *academic support* in the form of quotes from scholars that will promote his feeling that this poem should be used.

    You may lie if you wish.  I won’t mind at all. 

    Comment by oOMisfitOo — Tuesday, November 12, 2002 @ 2:08 AM

  5. Sorry. I have no academic stature. Although the real R. T. Curtis kindly referred to me in the forum as “professor,” I have no Ph.D. and have never been employed by a college or university, except briefly as a graduate teaching assistant. I may, in some sense, be a “scholar,” but I’m certainly not a scholar of poetry and have no wish to pose as one. Good luck, though… I do like Frost.

    Comment by m759 — Tuesday, November 12, 2002 @ 5:08 AM

  6. Good enough. 

    Jots down, “Steven Cullinane, man of outstanding mental stature, mathematical wizardry and synchronistic wit states emphatically that he does like Frost and wishes us Good Luck in the poetry selection.”

    Comment by oOMisfitOo — Thursday, November 14, 2002 @ 2:20 AM

  7. truth is truth, tautalogous and true; what beauty is, that’s the thing to know

    Comment by TheYoungScholar — Saturday, November 16, 2002 @ 1:52 AM

  8. To a young scholar:

    Comment by m759 — Saturday, November 16, 2002 @ 8:16 AM

  9. Thanks for the Fermina link. The “duck flies at midnight” walkie-talkie bit was worth the price of admission alone.

    And I’ll have to try some Jim Thompson.

    – WFH

    Comment by starboard — Monday, November 18, 2002 @ 6:47 PM

  10. By the way….I left an apology for you in the comments back at my page.

    – WFH

    Comment by starboard — Tuesday, November 19, 2002 @ 10:15 AM

  11. Noted and accepted, WFH. Also noted: the 11/19/02 9:49 a.m. comment on your 11/18/02 4:54 p.m. entry. Contrary to that comment, I do usually like reading your weblog.

    Comment by m759 — Tuesday, November 19, 2002 @ 10:48 AM

  12. Thanks Steven. And please….I don’t mind it when people don’t like something I’ve written. That’s part of what the experience of writing is all about to me. Reaction….good and bad (now, “indifferent” is one I don’t deal so well with).

    Again, thanks.

    Comment by starboard — Tuesday, November 19, 2002 @ 2:09 PM

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