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Friday, January 8, 2021

From the Finland Station

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:25 AM

The title refers to the Steiner quadruple systems  in a 2005 thesis by
a Helsinki mathematician. See . . .

http://m759.net/wordpress/?tag=helsinki-math.

See as well “a million diamonds” and . . .

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Stanza Romanza

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:49 PM

Wallace Stevens's 'a million diamonds' quote in Woodman's 'Stanza My Stone'

For those who prefer greater clarity than is offered by Stevens . . .

The A section —

The B section —

"A paper from Helsinki in 2005 says there are more than a million
3-(16,4,1) block designs, of which only one has an automorphism
group of order 322,560. This is the affine 4-space over GF(2)."

Friday, November 22, 2013

Fiction

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:59 AM

From David Lavery's weblog today—

IMAGE- '...final belief must be in a fiction.'- Wallace Stevens

It is?  Then a check of the rest of the poem seems in order.

In the poem, Stevens speaks of

The impossible possible philosophers' man,
The man who has had the time to think enough,
The central man, the human globe, responsive
As a mirror with a voice, the man of glass,
Who in a million diamonds sums us up.

Compare and contrast with a rather silly recent music video—

Perhaps Stevens's "human globe" could be portrayed by the
versatile Philip Seymour Hoffman, who stars in a new film directed
by Anton Corbijn, the perpetrator of the above Arcade Fire video.

See also Log24 posts on and just before the video's upload date.

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