Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Nicht Spielerei

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 10:22 AM

(See the title in earlier posts.)

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Nicht Spielerei

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:48 PM


A YouTube description —

"Walter Klien performing Mozart's 12 Variations in C Major
on the French Song: "Ah vous dirai-je, Maman" K.265 on
the piano. Used in Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Baa Baa
Black Sheep, and the Alphabet Song."


"Published on May 23, 2010"

See also this  journal on May 23, 2010 —

Posts now tagged Death Story.

Related material —

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Nicht Spielerei

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:56 PM


"The absence of adults forces children to practice their social skills."

This is from . . .


See also . . .

Monday, April 9, 2018

Nicht Spielerei

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 8:25 AM

Continued  (for Lev Grossman  fans)

From the above Wikipedia article

  • In the Robert Frost poem, "The Witch of Coos," the game
    is referenced in lines 7-8:
    "Summoning spirits isn't 'Button, button,
    who's got the button,' I would have them know."

Fact check:  From the Frost poem at Bartleby.com

  • "Summoning spirits isn’t 'Button, button,
    Who’s got the button,' you’re to understand."

Friday, February 16, 2018

Nicht Spielerei

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:19 PM

"What of the night
That lights and dims the stars?
Do you know, Hans Christian,
Now that you see the night?"

— The concluding lines of
"Sonatina to Hans Christian,"
by Wallace Stevens
(in Harmonium  (second edition, 1931))

". . . in the end the space itself is the star. . . ."

Related material — The death Tuesday night
of Prince Consort Henrik of Denmark, and the
New Year's Eve speech on Dec. 31, 2015, of
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

Distantly  related material — Yesterday morning's
post The Search for Child's Play.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Nicht Spielerei

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:31 PM


Review of a post from August 29th last year:

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Nicht Spielerei

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:07 AM


A passage suggested by the 2006 Oxford University Press title
The Architecture of Modern Mathematics , edited by 
José Ferreirós and Jeremy Gray —

Jeremy Gray, Plato's Ghost: The Modernist Transformation of Mathematics ,
Princeton, 2008 —

"Here, modernism is defined as an autonomous body of ideas,
having little or no outward reference, placing considerable emphasis
on formal aspects of the work and maintaining a complicated—
ndeed, anxious— rather than a naïve relationship with the day-to-day
world, which is the de facto view of a coherent group of people,
such as a professional or discipline-based group that has a high sense
of the seriousness and value of what it is trying to achieve.
This brisk definition…."

William Butler Yeats —

“Poets and Wits about him drew;
‘What then?’ sang Plato’s ghost.
   ‘What then?’

‘The work is done,’
   grown old he thought, 
‘According to my boyish plan;
Let the fools rage,
   I swerved in naught,
Something to perfection brought’;
But louder sang that ghost,
   ‘What then?’

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Nicht Spielerei

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:00 AM


See Brian Sutton-Smith in today's New York Times
obituaries and Jerome Kagan in this journal.

See also a post from March 7, 2015, the reported
date of Sutton-Smith's death.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Nicht Spielerei

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:24 PM

(Continued from New Year's Eve, 2014)

Or not.

"On this most holy of art holidays…."

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Nicht Spielerei*

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:45 PM

Von Weizsäcker reportedly
died sometime last night.

* A reference to this journal's
  final post from 2014.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Spiel ist nicht Spielerei

Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:30 PM

Huffington Post this morning, noting that
today is the birthday of Henri Matisse:

"On this most holy of art holidays…."

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Breadcrumbs for Sophia

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:08 AM

"Spiel ist nicht Spielerei." — Fröbel

See also Gretel in posts from January 24, 2013.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Geometry for Goyim

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , , — m759 @ 12:45 PM

Mystery box  merchandise from the 2011  J. J. Abrams film  Super 8  —

A mystery box that I prefer —

Box containing Froebel's Third Gift-- The Eightfold Cube

Click image for some background.

See also Nicht Spielerei .

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Four-Year* Date

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:00 AM

"Eigenvalues. Fixed points. Stable equilibria.
Mathematicians like things that stay put.
And if they can't stay put, the objects of study
should at least repeat themselves on a regular basis. . . ."

— Barry Cipra, "A Moveable Feast," SIAM News , Jan. 14, 2006

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Class of 64 continues…

Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:00 PM 

Mathematician Norbert Wiener reportedly
died on this date in 1964.

“Mathematics is too arduous and uninviting a field
to appeal to those to whom it does not give great rewards.
These rewards are of exactly the same character as
those of the artist. To see a difficult uncompromising material
take living shape and meaning is to be Pygmalion,
whether the material is stone or hard, stonelike logic."
. . . .

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Play Is Not Playing Around

Uncategorized — m759 @ 1:00 PM

(A saying of Friedrich Fröbel)

. . . .

Friday, March 18, 2016

Southwestern Noir

Uncategorized — m759 @ 2:56 PM 

Kyle Smith on April 15, 2015, in the New York Post —

"The ludicrous action thriller 'Beyond the Reach'
fails to achieve the Southwestern noir potency
of 'No Country for Old Men,' but there’s no denying
it brings to mind another Southwestern classic
about malicious pursuit: the Road Runner cartoons."
. . . .

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Back to the Past

Uncategorized — Tags:  — m759 @ 7:35 PM 

"Old men ought to be explorers" — T. S. Eliot

. . . .

* For a full  four years, see also March 18, 2013.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Language Game

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:09 PM

The previous post was about the death of a figure
from the world of entertainment.

I prefer the work of a figure with the same last name
but from a different world —

"Spiel ist nicht Spielerei." — Friedrich Fröbel

Friday, February 5, 2016

Death on New Year’s Day

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 11:20 AM

From the American Mathematical Society today

Jean Pedersen (1934-2016) 
Friday February 5th 2016

Jean Pedersen died January 1 at the age of 81.
She was a longtime member of the faculty at
Santa Clara University. Pedersen and Peter Hilton
co-authored A Mathematical Tapestry: Demonstrating
the Beautiful Unity of Mathematics 
, which used paper
folding to show connections between geometry,
number theory, and group theory. Pedersen was an
AMS member since 1979.

Related art —

"Spiel ist nicht Spielerei" — Friedrich Fröbel

Thursday, December 31, 2015

High Concept

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:00 AM

(Continued from this date last year,
  "Spiel ist nicht Spielerei")

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Space of Art

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:18 PM

"Thinking Outside the Square:
Support for Landscape and Portrait
Formats on Instagram

Related material from March 18, 2015 —

Play Is Not Playing Around

— m759 @ 1:00 PM 

(A saying of Friedrich Fröbel)


See also the previous two posts,
Dude!  and Focus! .

Friday, August 7, 2015


Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:19 AM

Spielerei  —

"On the most recent visit, Arthur had given him
a brightly colored cube, with sides you could twist
in all directions, a new toy that had just come onto
the market."

— Daniel Kehlmann, F: A Novel  (2014),
     translated from the German by
     Carol Brown Janeway

Nicht Spielerei  —

A figure from this journal at 2 AM ET
on Monday, August 3, 2015

Also on August 3 —

FRANKFURT — "Johanna Quandt, the matriarch of the family
that controls the automaker BMW and one of the wealthiest
people in Germany, died on Monday in Bad Homburg, Germany.
She was 89."

MANHATTAN — "Carol Brown Janeway, a Scottish-born
publishing executive, editor and award-winning translator who
introduced American readers to dozens of international authors,
died on Monday in Manhattan. She was 71."

Related material —  Heisenberg on beauty, Munich, 1970                       

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Play Is Not Playing Around

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:00 PM

(A saying of Friedrich Fröbel)

See also the previous two posts,      
        Dude!  and Focus! .

Saturday, January 31, 2015


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:27 PM

From the concluding paragraph of a new book by
mathematician Michael Harris:

"A team of eminent scholars is completing a definitive
edition of Hausdorff’s collected works—'unique
in the annals of mathematical publishing'— with the
care befitting the literary figure he undoubtedly was….
he is honored as, perhaps, the first modern
mathematician to give a name to what we have been
calling the 'relaxed field'— he called it the
'Spielraum  of thought'— and as a mathematician
who never lost his sensitivity to his chosen field’s
problematic attractions while remaining fully aware that
every veil lifted only reveals another veil."

— Harris, Michael, Mathematics without Apologies:
Portrait of a Problematic Vocation  
(pp. 324-325). Princeton U. Press. Kindle Edition. 

Related material:  Spiel ist nicht Spielerei .

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Fifteen for 2015

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 8:00 PM

The title refers to a set of fifteen Göpel tetrads
that form the lines of a Cremona-Richmond configuration .  

"Spiel ist nicht Spielerei
Es hat hohen Ernst 
und tiefe Bedeutung."

— Friedrich W.A. Fröbel

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