Thursday, January 7, 2021

The Primes of Miss Jean Valentine

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:24 PM

Valentine reportedly died on December 29, 2020.

Related dialogue from “The Mirror Has Two Faces” (1996) —

– It’s interesting how coupling appears in nature and mathematics.

– You were talking about pairs …

– Oh, the twin-prime conjecture. It explores pairs of prime numbers.
Those only divisible by themselves. Three-five. Five-seven.
Not seven-nine …

– Nine can be divided by three.

– That’s right.  And … and so on.  It was discovered that pairs were
often separated by …

– One number in between.

– Exactly. Did you read my book?

– No, I’m sorry.

– That’s okay. This is marvellous.

– A first date like a game show.

– I didn’t mean to lecture.

– I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to call it a date.

Twin-Prime Dates —

December 31  and December 29, 2020.

“Though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still
which she did not know.  Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn
of time.  But if she could have looked a little further back, into the
stillness and the darkness before Time dawned…she would have known
that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed
in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start
working backwards.”

– C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe , as quoted at
https://apologyanalogy.com/death-working-backwards/ .

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