Thursday, August 25, 2016

Crooked House

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:06 PM


The previous post dealt with a talk by Cora Diamond
on April 3, 2015, at 32 Vassar St., Cambridge, Mass.

The MIT building at that address suggests a review
of the phrase "Crooked House" in this journal.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Jewel Box

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:02 PM

The phrase "jewel box" in a New York Times  obituary online this afternoon
suggests a review. See "And He Built a Crooked House" and Galois Tesseract.

Monday, October 17, 2016

A Wrinkle in Space

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:00 PM

"There is  such a thing as a counting-pattern."

— Saying adapted from a young-adult novel

See also the previous post and

Memorial Encounter:

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:40 PM

Pentagram Meets Counting-Pattern

Illustrations by Wittgenstein:


See posts from September 16, 2016, the date of death
for Professor Whitman A. Richards.

See also MIT News today

Friday, August 26, 2016

Wolfe vs. Chomsky

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:00 AM

1.  Tom Wolfe has a new book on Chomsky, "The Kingdom of Speech."

2.  This suggests a review of a post of Aug. 11, 2014, Syntactic/Symplectic.

To paraphrase Wittgenstein, sentence 1 above is about "correlating in real life"
(cf. Crooked House and Wolfe's From Bauhaus to Our House ), and may be 
compared to sentence 2 above, which links to a sort of "correlating in
mathematics" that is a particular example of the more general sort of
mathematical correlating mentioned by Wittgenstein in 1939.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Diamond on the Map

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:38 PM

A check of Cora Diamond, editor of the 1976 Wittgenstein
book shown in the previous post, yields …

The date of the above talk was April 3, 2015.

For this journal on that date,  see a link, "by Steven H. Cullinane,"
in yesterday's post Core Statements.

Language Game:

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:00 PM

A Counting-Pattern

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Midnight Special

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 12:00 AM


"Poincaré said that science is no more a collection of facts than a house is a collection of bricks. The facts have to be ordered or structured, they have to fit a theory, a construct (often mathematical) in the human mind.

… Mathematics may be art, but to the general public it is a black art, more akin to magic and mystery. This presents a constant challenge to the mathematical community: to explain how art fits into our subject and what we mean by beauty.

In attempting to bridge this divide I have always found that architecture is the best of the arts to compare with mathematics. The analogy between the two subjects is not hard to describe and enables abstract ideas to be exemplified by bricks and mortar, in the spirit of the Poincaré quotation I used earlier."

— Sir Michael Atiyah, "The Art of Mathematics"
     in the AMS Notices , January 2010

A post  from this  journal later in 2010 —

The above post's date — May 20, 2010 — was
the date of death for mathematician Walter Rudin.

The above post from that date has a link to the
Heinlein story "And He Built a Crooked House."
A not-so-crooked house

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

What Have We Learned?

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:38 PM

Build It and They Will Come. 

Another "Four Big Ideas" —


Friday, April 8, 2011

Concepts of Space

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 7:35 PM

Part I — Roberta Smith in today's New York Times

"… the argument that painting may ultimately be about
little more than the communication of some quality of
light and space, however abstract or indirect."

– Review of "Rooms With a View" at the Met

Box symbol

Pictorial version
of Hexagram 20,
Contemplation (View)


Space: what you damn well have to see.
– James Joyce, Ulysses

Part II — Window from A Crooked House

"Teal lifted the blind a few inches. He saw nothing, and raised it a little more—still nothing. Slowly he raised it until the window was fully exposed. They gazed out at—nothing.

Nothing, nothing at all. What color is nothing? Don't be silly! What shape is it? Shape is an attribute of something . It had neither depth nor form. It had not even blackness. It was nothing ."

Part III — Not So Crooked: The Cabinet of Dr. Montessori

An April 5 Wall Street Journal  article on Montessori schools, and…


A cabinet from Dr. Montessori's own
explanation of her method

Part IV — Pilate Goes to Kindergarten and The Seven

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Prize

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:00 PM

Update of NY Times Art & Design
(See today's earlier posts
Annals of Conceptual Art and View.)


The architecture award ceremony was
at Ellis Island on Monday evening.

Arakawa died Tuesday.

Related material:

And He Built a Crooked House

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