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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Raiders of the Lost Stone

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 8:48 PM

(Continued

 

Two Students of Structure

A comment on Sean Kelly's Christmas Morning column on "aliveness"
in the New York Times  philosophy series The Stone  —

Diana Senechal's 1999 doctoral thesis at Yale was titled
"Diabolical Structures in the Poetics of Nikolai Gogol."

Her mother, Marjorie Senechal, has written extensively on symmetry
and served as editor-in-chief of The Mathematical Intelligencer .
From a 2013 memoir by Marjorie Senechal —

"While I was in Holland my enterprising student assistant at Smith had found, in Soviet Physics – Crystallography, an article by N. N. Sheftal' on tetrahedral penetration twins. She gave it to me on my return. It was just what I was looking for. The twins Sheftal' described had evidently begun as (111) contact twins, with the two crystallites rotated 60o with respect to one another. As they grew, he suggested, each crystal overgrew the edges of the other and proceeded to spread across the adjacent facet.  When all was said and done, they looked like they'd grown through each other, but the reality was over-and-around. Brilliant! I thought. Could I apply this to cubes? No, evidently not. Cube facets are all (100) planes. But . . . these crystals might not have been cubes in their earliest stages, when twinning occurred! I wrote a paper on "The mechanism of certain growth twins of the penetration type" and sent it to Martin Buerger, editor of Neues Jarbuch für Mineralogie. This was before the Wrinch symposium; I had never met him. Buerger rejected it by return mail, mostly on the grounds that I hadn't quoted any of Buerger's many papers on twinning. And so I learned about turf wars in twin domains. In fact I hadn't read his papers but I quickly did. I added a reference to one of them, the paper was published, and we became friends.[5]

After reading Professor Sheftal's paper I wrote to him in Moscow; a warm and encouraging correspondence ensued, and we wrote a paper together long distance.[6] Then I heard about the scientific exchanges between the Academies of Science of the USSR and USA. I applied to spend a year at the Shubnikov Institute for Crystallography, where Sheftal' worked. I would, I proposed, study crystal growth with him, and color symmetry with Koptsik. To my delight, I was accepted for an 11-month stay. Of course the children, now 11 and 14, would come too and attend Russian schools and learn Russian; they'd managed in Holland, hadn't they? Diana, my older daughter, was as delighted as I was. We had gone to Holland on a Russian boat, and she had fallen in love with the language. (Today she holds a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literature from Yale.) . . . . 
. . .
 we spent the academic year 1978-79 in Moscow.

Philosophy professors and those whose only interest in mathematics
is as a path to the occult may consult the Log24 posts tagged Tsimtsum.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

In Memory of Jack Youngerman…

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:54 PM

An abstract artist who reportedly died at 93 yesterday.

A search in this  journal for Shubnikov yields

"Raiders of the Lost Stone" (December 26, 2017).

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thursday September 17, 2009

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 8:00 PM
Jennifer's Body

The following remark this evening by Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post serves as an instant review of today's previous cinematic Log24 offering starring the late Patrick Swayze:

"Watch it, forget it, move on."

A perhaps more enduring tribute:

Patrick Swayze in 'King Solomon's Mines'

 

Related material:

Solomon's Cube,
Solomon and Sheba,
and
Raiders of the Lost Stone.

"Ready when you are, C.B."

 

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Saturday December 6, 2008

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:30 PM
X

Marks the Spot

The Lost Stone of Solomon
 
http://www.log24.com/log/pix08A/081206-BorW.gif
 

Friday, July 11, 2008

Friday July 11, 2008

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:11 PM
Ready When
You Are, C. B.

New  York Lottery July 11, 2008: Mid-day 908, Evening 623

For related material, see
“Goodbye and Hello”
from 9/08, 2003 and
“Requiem for a Storyteller”
from 9/08, 2007,
as well as
“Raiders of the Lost Stone
from 6/23, 2007 and
“George Carlin Dies”
from 6/23, 2008.

See also
today’s previous entries.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Monday March 10, 2008

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM
Mani Padme
(Jewel in the Lotus):
 
Part I

“Raiders of the Lost Stone
(March 10, 2006)

Part II

“Raiders of the Lost…”
(Feb. 17, 2006)

Part III

The Further
Adventures of
Tony Rome
(March 7, 2008)

Parts I and II above
may be summarized by
the famous phrase
“jewel in the lotus”–
which, some say, has
a sexual meaning–
and by the diagram

Diamond, diamond in lotus/mandorla, and structure of St. Peter's Square-- 'ovato tondo'

For discussions
of this structure
in Western thought,
see
the ovato tondo
and
Last to the Lost.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Friday October 5, 2007

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 AM
The Sign of
the Hat
 
Rachel Cobb photo of a man lifting his hat as he returns a crucifix to a Huichol village chapel

A man returns a crucifix
to a Huichol village chapel.

Photo by Rachel Cobb
for National Geographic

Panofsky on the iconology of hat-lifting (page 144, Columbia Dictionary of Modern Literary and Cultural Criticism, 1995)

Google Book Search

 (Schweidewege should be  
    Scheidewege, “crossroads.”)

Related material:
 
Advanced Study,
Varnedoe’s Crown,
and Log24 entries of
September 29-30, 2007.
 
Those for whom entertainment,
as Frank Rich has noted,
is God, may also consult
Raiders of the Lost Stone.
 

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Sunday June 24, 2007

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 12:00 PM
Raiders of
the Lost Stone

(Continued from June 23)

Scott McLaren on
Charles Williams:
 
"In Many Dimensions (1931)
Williams sets before his reader the
mysterious Stone of King Solomon,
an image he probably drew
from a brief description in Waite's
The Holy Kabbalah (1929)
of a supernatural cubic stone
on which was inscribed
'the Divine Name.'"

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix07/070624-Waite.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

Related material:

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix07/070624-Cube.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

Solomon's Cube,

Geometry of the 4x4x4 Cube,

The Klein Correspondence,
Penrose Space-Time,
and a Finite Model

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Saturday June 23, 2007

Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:00 PM
Raiders of
the Lost Stone

 
continued from March 10, 2006

The Roman Imperial Eagle
and, according to
C. B. DeMille in 1932 —

Opening of The Sign of the Cross (1932)

The above photo is courtesy of
the Cecil B. DeMille Collection
at DVD Beaver.

Sharon Stone in the pulpit of Harvard's Memorial Church
HARVARD CRIMSON/ ALEX R. LEVIN

Sharon Stone lectures at
Harvard’s Memorial Church

on March 14, 2005…

Ready when you are, C. B.

Related material —
Log24, Oct. 26, 2002 —

Midnight in the Garden,
starring

Nina Simone and eight-point star

Nina Simone

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