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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Devil’s Music

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From the groom in the previous post — Swedenborg Chapel

And from November 7 last year —

Monday, November 7, 2016

Subway Art for Times Square Church

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 9:11 PM 

Click images for related material.

http://www.log24.com/log/pix12/120108-CardinalPreoccupied.jpg

"The Cardinal seemed a little preoccupied today."

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Bedeviled

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From tonight's online New York Times

John McCracken, Sculptor of Geometric Forms, Dies at 76

McCracken died in Manhattan on Friday, April 8.

From Christopher Knight in tonight's online LA Times

the works embody perceptual and philosophical conundrums. The colored planks stand on the floor like sculptures….

McCracken was bedeviled by Stanley Kubrick's famously obscure science-fiction epic, "2001: A Space Odyssey," with its iconic image of an ancient monolith floating in outer space. The 1968 blockbuster was released two years after the artist made his first plank.

"At the time, some people thought I had designed the monolith or that it had been derived from my work," he told art critic Frances Colpitt of the coincidence in a 1998 interview.

Two photos of McCracken's 1967 Black Plank  seem relevant—

November 28, 2010 (Click to enlarge)

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11/110410-McCrackenPlank1967400w.jpg

December 28, 2010 (Click to enlarge)

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11/110410-McCracken-NatGallery-NothingToSeeHere-400w.jpg

Material that an artist might view as related, if only synchronistically—

Two posts in this journal on the dates the photos were taken—
The Embedding on November 28 and Dry Bones on December 28.

The photos are of an exhibition titled "There is nothing to see here" at the
National Gallery of Art, October 30, 2010-April 24, 2011 —

Click to enlarge.

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11/110410-NothingToSee-400w.jpg

For related nihilism from the National Gallery, see "Pictures of Nothing" in this journal.

Some less nihilistic illustrations—

The Meno  Embedding

http://www.log24.com/log/pix10B/101128-TheEmbedding.gif

A photo by one of the artists whose work is displayed above beside McCracken's—

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11/110410-Sugimoto-AndoChurch.jpg

"Accentuate the Positive."
 — Clint Eastwood

Saturday, March 18, 2017

News Search

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See also, in this journal, "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead."

Saturday, April 5, 2014

A Princeton Half-Hour

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"May you be in heaven a full half-hour
before the devil knows you're dead ."

Related material:
Yesterday's posts of 12 PM and 8 PM,
and the life of Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Klein Quadric

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The architecture of the recent post 
Geometry of 6 and 8 is in part
a reference to the Klein quadric.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Eternal Color

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For the above title, see posts tagged Eternal Color.

From this evening's online New York Times

Related imaterial —

A scene from the film of the above book —

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Geometry of 6 and 8

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Just as
the finite space PG(3,2) is
the geometry of the 6-set, so is
the finite space PG(5,2)
the geometry of the 8-set.*

Selah.

* Consider, for the 6-set, the 32
(16, modulo complementation)
0-, 2-, 4-, and 6-subsets,
and, for the 8-set, the 128
(64, modulo complementation)
0-, 2-, 4-, 6-, and 8-subsets.

Update of 11:02 AM ET the same day:

See also Eightfold Geometry, a note from 2010.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

The Fontana Arches

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(For Harlan Kane)

See also earlier posts tagged The Fontana Arches.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Spielerei

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(See the title in this journal.)

Also on the above YouTube date — July 12, 2010 —

 

In Memoriam

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Also on the above date — October 28, 2013 —

Nicht Spielerei

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(See the title in earlier posts.)

Monday, December 2, 2019

“Show me all  the blueprints.”

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Aesthetics at Harvard

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"What the piece of art is about is the gray space in the middle."

— David Bowie, as quoted in the above Crimson  piece.

Bowie's "gray space" is the space between the art and the beholder.

I prefer the gray space in the following figure —

Some small Galois spaces (the Cullinane models)

Context:  The Trinity Stone  (Log24, June 4, 2018).

Gray Space

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See as well a search for Gray Space in this journal.

Related material:  The Schwartz Omega .

“Looking carefully at Golay’s code
  is like staring into the sun.”

— Richard Evan Schwartz

D8: The Black Queen’s Square

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The previous post quoted some dialogue from Victor Hugo's
novel about the French Revolution, Ninety-Three.

This suggests a look at the following non-fiction book:

Compare and contrast with the novel The Eight , by Katherine Neville,
about chess and the French Revolution.

Neville's birthday, April 4, plays a major role in her novel. The dies natalis 
(in the Roman Catholic sense) of the above Birth of the Chess Queen 
author, on the other hand, was reportedly November 20, 2019.

Following a link in this journal from November 20 leads to remarks 
that might interest the subjects of an upcoming film, "The Two Popes."

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Dialogue

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Space Song

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From this journal on the above date — April 13, 2014 (Gray Space) —

Review of Seeing Gray , a book by pastor Adam Hamilton
of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection
in Leawood, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City—

“Adam Hamilton invites us to soulful gray space
between polarities, glorious gray space that is holy,
mysterious, complex, and true. Let us find within
our spirits the courage and humility to live and learn
in this faithful space, to see gray, to discern a more
excellent way.”

—Review by United Methodist Bishop Hope Morgan Ward

The above flashback was suggested by CBS Sunday Morning today —

See also Romanesque in this journal.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Algebra and Space… Illustrated.

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Related entertainment —

Detail:

   George Steiner

"Perhaps an insane conceit."

 

Perhaps.

 

See Quantum Tesseract Theorem .

 

Perhaps Not.

 

 See Dirac and Geometry .

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Joy of Six

Note that in the pictures below of the 15 two-subsets of a six-set,
the symbols 1 through 6 in Hudson's square array of 1905 occupy the
same positions as the anticommuting Dirac matrices in Arfken's 1985
square array. Similarly occupying these positions are the skew lines
within a generalized quadrangle (a line complex) inside PG(3,2).

Anticommuting Dirac matrices as spreads of projective lines

Related narrative The "Quantum Tesseract Theorem."

Friday, September 27, 2019

The Black List

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"… Max Black, the Cornell philosopher, and others have pointed out
how 'perhaps every science must start with metaphor and end with
algebra, and perhaps without the metaphor there would never have
been any algebra' …."

— Max Black, Models and Metaphors, Cornell U. Press, 1962,
page 242, as quoted in Dramas, Fields, and Metaphors, by 
Victor Witter Turner, Cornell U. Press, paperback, 1975, page 25
 

Metaphor —

Algebra —

The 16 Dirac matrices form six anticommuting sets of five matrices each (Arfken 1985, p. 214):

1. alpha_1alpha_2alpha_3alpha_4alpha_5,

2. y_1y_2y_3y_4y_5,

3. delta_1delta_2delta_3rho_1rho_2,

4. alpha_1y_1delta_1sigma_2sigma_3,

5. alpha_2y_2delta_2sigma_1sigma_3,

6. alpha_3y_3delta_3sigma_1sigma_2.

SEE ALSO:  Pauli Matrices

REFERENCES:

Arfken, G. Mathematical Methods for Physicists, 3rd ed.  Orlando, FL: Academic Press, pp. 211-217, 1985.

Berestetskii, V. B.; Lifshitz, E. M.; and Pitaevskii, L. P. "Algebra of Dirac Matrices." §22 in Quantum Electrodynamics, 2nd ed.  Oxford, England: Pergamon Press, pp. 80-84, 1982.

Bethe, H. A. and Salpeter, E. Quantum Mechanics of One- and Two-Electron Atoms.  New York: Plenum, pp. 47-48, 1977.

Bjorken, J. D. and Drell, S. D. Relativistic Quantum Mechanics.  New York: McGraw-Hill, 1964.

Dirac, P. A. M. Principles of Quantum Mechanics, 4th ed.  Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 1982.

Goldstein, H. Classical Mechanics, 2nd ed.  Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, p. 580, 1980.

Good, R. H. Jr. "Properties of Dirac Matrices." Rev. Mod. Phys. 27, 187-211, 1955.

Referenced on Wolfram|Alpha:  Dirac Matrices

CITE THIS AS:

Weisstein, Eric W.  "Dirac Matrices."

From MathWorld— A Wolfram Web Resource. 
http://mathworld.wolfram.com/DiracMatrices.html

Desiring the exhilarations of changes:
The motive for metaphor, shrinking from
The weight of primary noon,
The A B C of being,

The ruddy temper, the hammer
Of red and blue, the hard sound—
Steel against intimation—the sharp flash,
The vital, arrogant, fatal, dominant X.

— Wallace Stevens, "The Motive for Metaphor"

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

American Mathematical Society News

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  "Specifically, on May 6 of this year …." …

Friday, August 30, 2019

The Coxeter Aleph

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(Continued)

The previous post displayed part of a page from
a newspaper published the day Olivia Newton-John
turned 21 — Friday, September 26, 1969.

A meditation, with apologies to Coleridge:

In Xanadu did Newton-John
A stately pleasure-square decree
Where Aleph the sacred symbol ran
Through subsquares measureless to man.

A related video —

Beware, beware, her flashing eyes, her floating hair:

Set design —

As opposed to block design

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Tiger Leaps

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Walter Benjamin on 'a tiger's leap into the past'

See also Tiger in this journal, esp.

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix05/050123-Tiger.JPG” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.   and . . .

other "Death and the Spirit" posts.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Nocciolo

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(Continued)

IMAGE- 'Nocciolo': A 'kernel' for Pascal's Hexagrammum Mysticum: The 15 2-subsets of a 6-set as points in a Galois geometry.

A revision of the above diagram showing
the Galois-addition-table structure —

Related tables from August 10

See "Schoolgirl Space Revisited."

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Schoolgirl Space* Revisited:

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The Square "Inscape" Model of
the Generalized Quadrangle W(2)

Click image to enlarge.

* The title refers to the role of PG (3,2) in Kirkman's schoolgirl problem.
For some backstory, see my post Anticommuting Dirac Matrices as Skew Lines
and, more generally, posts tagged Dirac and Geometry.

Frases de Cómic

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Release Date

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From this  journal on that date

Piano roll for "I am sixteen going on seventeen" —

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Make America Strange Again

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Suggested by the previous post, "The Swarm" —

“‘Oracle, why did you write
The Grasshopper Lies Heavy?
What are we supposed to learn?'”

— Philip K. Dick

“She began throwing the coins.“

I Ching Hexagram 61: Inner Truth

The Swarm

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“Design Is How It Works.” — Steve Jobs

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The Stephen King Intelligence Test

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Related images —

See also other posts tagged Arti Facts.

This  post was suggested by those posts and by the following
attempt at humor —

Tonality

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https://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=22045

. . . the ancient Chinese made music the pinnacle of wisdom.

There was a Classic of Music (Yuè jīng 樂經), but it was lost already by the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD).  Yet we know the esteem in which music was held by the ancient Chinese from passages in the classics like the following:

The Master heard the Shao in Qi and for three months did not notice the taste of the meat he ate. He said, 'I never dreamt the joys of music could reach such heights.'(D.C. Lau)

Analects  7.14

Shao is the music of the mythical emperor, Shun 舜.

Qi one of the Warring States.

Extensive commentary here.

Another instance of the sublimity of music in ancient China is the description of the performance of the Yellow Emperor's "The Pond of Totality" in chapter 14 of the Zhuang Zi  (see Victor H. Mair, tr., Wandering on the Way  [Bantam, 1994; University of Hawaii Press, 1998], pp. 132-136, available here).

Conversely, language studies in traditional China were referred to as "minor learning" (xiǎoxué 小學).

November 5, 2015 @ 4:05 pm · Filed by Victor Mair under Language and musicLanguage and philosophy

See also Ervin Wilson in Wikipedia, and a Log24 post from
the date of his death — December 8, 2016.

Monday, July 22, 2019

The Four Diamonds Meet the Five Red Herrings

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Lord Peter Wimsey (Balliol 1912) on the Balliol-Trinity rivalry at Oxford:

See also Balliol College in the post subtitled Spidey Goes to Church.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

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Visual Languages

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Good question. See also this  journal on the above date —

September 15, 2018.

Space, Time, Form

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Magic cube and corresponding hexagram, or Star of David, with faces mapped to lines and edges mapped to points

Click the image for some remarks on a related novel.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Humor for Professor X

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Split

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"My words say split, but my words they lie" — Bruce Springsteen

See a search for "Split" in this journal.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Schoolgirl Space for Quantum Mystics

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From a post on St. Andrew's Day, 2017

See also "E-Numbers" and "E-Girls."

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Old Pathways in Science:

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The Quantum Tesseract Theorem Revisited

From page 274 — 

"The secret  is that the super-mathematician expresses by the anticommutation
of  his operators the property which the geometer conceives as  perpendicularity
of displacements.  That is why on p. 269 we singled out a pentad of anticommuting
operators, foreseeing that they would have an immediate application in describing
the property of perpendicular directions without using the traditional picture of space.
They express the property of perpendicularity without the picture of perpendicularity.

Thus far we have touched only the fringe of the structure of our set of sixteen E-operators.
Only by entering deeply into the theory of electrons could I show the whole structure
coming into evidence."

A related illustration, from posts tagged Dirac and Geometry —

Anticommuting Dirac matrices as spreads of projective lines

Compare and contrast Eddington's use of the word "perpendicular"
with a later use of the word by Saniga and Planat.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Which Roof?

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Related material — Tetrahedron vs. Square and Cézanne's Greetings

Compare and contrast:

A figure from St. Patrick's Day 2004 that might represent a domed  roof

Inscribed Carpenter's Square:

In Latin, NORMA

and a cinematic "Fire Temple" from 2019

Friday, July 12, 2019

“Hello, old friend.” — Anthony Hopkins, Westworld S2 E6

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:11 PM

See as well the previous post.

Ex Fano* Continues.

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Professor Corbató reportedly died today.

* See Ex Fano  in this journal.

Instrumental

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The title is from a New York Times  correction in the previous post.

Introduction

'The Eddington Song'

Main Body

Piano roll for "I am sixteen going on seventeen" —

Medal of 9/15/06

Backstory:  Posts tagged Root Circle.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Small World Continues.

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The book Ex-Prodigy  quoted above is by Norbert Wiener.

The Fano Correction

Friday, July 5, 2019

The Motive for Metaphor

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"János Bolyai was a nineteenth-century mathematician who
set the stage for the field  of non-Euclidean geometry."

Transylvania Now , October 26, 2018

 

From  Coxeter and the Relativity Problem

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11/110107-Aleph-Sm.jpg

Desiring the exhilarations of changes:
The motive for metaphor, shrinking from
The weight of primary noon,
The A B C of being,

The ruddy temper, the hammer
Of red and blue, the hard sound—
Steel against intimation—the sharp flash,
The vital, arrogant, fatal, dominant X.

Wallace Stevens, "The Motive for Metaphor"

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Diagram

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This post was suggested by the July 2006 posts now tagged Crazy Diamond.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The 7/11 Manifesto

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See 7/11, 2006.

Related material — Dabblers in the Collective Unconscious.

The Crooning

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For fans of the story theory of truth  

 A "tale as old as time . . ."
 — Song lyric,  Beauty and the Beast

Nicholas Hoult as X-Men "Beast" Hank McCoy

See also the previous post, "Equals Tolkien?"

Related material The real  McCoy

Equals Tolkien?

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Paris Review

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"The loveliness of Paris seems somehow sadly gay." — Song lyric

Stewart also starred in "Equals" (2016). From a synopsis —

"Stewart plays Nia, a writer who works at a company that extols
the virtues of space exploration in a post-apocalyptic society.
She falls in love with the film's main character, Silas (Nicholas Hoult),
an illustrator . . . ."

Space art in The Paris Review

For a different sort of space exploration, see Eightfold 1984.

June Moon Croon

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Monday, June 17, 2019

The Callahan Turtle

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By Stephen King

IMAGE- Herbert John Ryser, 'Combinatorial Mathematics' (1963), page 1

Salvation by Grace

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High Society

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From the date in the above Google search result —

 See as well Jeremy Gray in this  journal.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Reality Blocks

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The new Log24 tag "Eightfold Metaphysics" used in the previous post
suggests a review of posts that were tagged "The Reality Blocks" on May 24.

Then there is, of course, the May 24 death of Murray Gell-Mann, who
hijacked from Buddhism the phrase "eightfold way."

See Gell-Mann in this journal and May 24, 2003.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Relish

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"Center loosens, forms again elsewhere." — Roger Zelazny

See also an image in memory of the Coppertone artist
from a post of May 18, 2006

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix06A/060517-StarAndDiamond.bmp” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

“My God, it’s
full of stars!”

Monday, June 10, 2019

Revelations of a Transcendental Subject

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(Namely, Plato's ghost)

Background: "Transcendental subject" is Kant's term for, more or less, the self.

Rosalind Krauss in 1978 —

"To get inside the systems of this work,
whether LeWitt's or Judd's or Morris's,
is precisely to enter
a world without a center,
a world of substitutions and transpositions 
nowhere legitimated by the revelations
of a transcendental subject. This is the strength
of this work, its seriousness, and its claim to modernity." 

More from Krauss —

A book by an author with somewhat wider "cultural experience" —

See also "Plato's Diamond" in this journal.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Nowhere Legitimated

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Art Object, continued and continued

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Notes on a remark by Chuanming Zong

See as well posts mentioning "An Object of Beauty."

Update of 12 AM June 11 — A screenshot of this post 
is now available at  http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/hqk7-nx97 .

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Hogwash for Brattlefilm

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:54 PM

Related material — Khurana in this journal and
in The Harvard Crimson .

“Simplification in Its Purest Form”

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For students of the Hogwash School of Witchcraft and Wizardry —

"Elementary particles are the most fundamental
building blocks of nature, and their study
would seem to be an expression of simplification
in its purest form." 

— Sean Carroll in The New York Times  today 
in an opinion piece titled "The Physicist Who
Made Sense of the Universe"

Related remarks:  See a Log24 search for "Simpli".

The Khurana Embarrassment

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(A title for Harlan Kane)

Friday, May 24, 2019

Stevens and the Hoary Sages

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See also other posts now tagged The Reality Blocks.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Inside the White Cube

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(Continued)

Monday, May 20, 2019

The Bond with Reality

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"The bond with reality is cut."

— Hans Freudenthal, 1962

Indeed it is.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

The Building Blocks of Geometry

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From "On the life and scientific work of Gino Fano
by Alberto Collino, Alberto Conte, and Alessandro Verra,
ICCM Notices , July 2014, Vol. 2 No. 1, pp. 43-57 —

" Indeed, about the Italian debate on foundations of Geometry, it is not rare to read comments in the same spirit of the following one, due to Jeremy Gray13. He is essentially reporting Hans Freudenthal’s point of view:

' When the distinguished mathematician and historian of mathematics Hans Freudenthal analysed Hilbert’s  Grundlagen he argued that the link between reality and geometry appears to be severed for the first time in Hilbert’s work. However, he discovered that Hilbert had been preceded by the Italian mathematician Gino Fano in 1892. . . .' "

13 J. Gray, "The Foundations of Projective Geometry in Italy," Chapter 24 (pp. 269–279) in his book Worlds Out of Nothing , Springer (2010).


Restoring the severed link —

Structure of the eightfold cube

See also Espacement  and The Thing and I.
 

Related material —

 
 

Friday, May 10, 2019

I Ching g6

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For fans of Resonance Science

"When the men on the chessboard
get up and tell you where to go …."

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Defense Against the Dark Arts

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F. Lanier Graham chess set (king-queen arrangement by the Wachowskis)

Monday, May 6, 2019

Possibilities

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Related materialThe last three posts —

The Crimson Abyss,
Transgressive Politics at Harvard, and
"Thousand" Rhetoric

— as well as Saturday's The Chinese Jars of Shing-Tung Yau.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

“Thousand” Rhetoric

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Compare and contrast —

"A Thousand Possibilities"
— Title of a Harvard Crimson  May 3 column

See also The Thousand  in this  journal.

Transgressive Politics at Harvard

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Related material —

See also the previous post.

The Crimson Abyss

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Continues.

The following conference has just ended.

Yau's actual 70th birthday was April 4.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

The Long Strange Trip of Abstract Art

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:23 PM

In memory of an art collector's April 24 death —

See also Log24 on April 24

Inside the White Cube

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Structure of the eightfold cube

See also Espacement  and The Thing and I.

The Chinese Jars of Shing-Tung Yau

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The title refers to Calabi-Yau spaces.

T. S. Eliot —

Four Quartets

. . . Only by the form, the pattern,
Can words or music reach
The stillness, as a Chinese jar still
Moves perpetually in its stillness.

A less "cosmic" but still noteworthy code — The Golay code.

This resides in a 12-dimensional space over GF(2).

Related material from Plato and R. T. Curtis

Counting symmetries with the orbit-stabilizer theorem

A related Calabi-Yau "Chinese jar" first described in detail in 1905

Illustration of K3 surface related to Mathieu moonshine

A figure that may or may not be related to the 4x4x4 cube that
holds the classical  Chinese "cosmic code" — the I Ching

ftp://ftp.cs.indiana.edu/pub/hanson/forSha/AK3/old/K3-pix.pdf

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Medium and the Message

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 6:45 PM

In memory of Quentin Fiore — from a Log24 search for McLuhan,
an item related to today's previous post . . .

Related material from Log24 on the above-reported date of death —

See also, from a search for Analogy in this journal . . .

 .

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Malkovich Pictures

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:27 PM

". . . humanity battling an unseen force . . . ." —

Quantum Space Elements?

Nocturnal Object of Beauty

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:41 AM

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11B/110712-ObjectOfBeauty.jpg
 

 

What is going on in this picture?
 

Monday, February 25, 2019

The Deep Six

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

". . . this notion of ‘depth’ is an elusive one
even for a mathematician who can recognize it. . . ."

— G. H. Hardy, A Mathematician's Apology

See Six-Set in this journal.

“Far from the shallow now”

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , , , — m759 @ 12:06 AM

See posts tagged depth.

See as well Eddington Song and the previous post.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Exceeding His Grasp

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , , , — m759 @ 4:09 PM

See also Hudson Hawk in this  journal.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Code Rain

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

See 031105-code in this journal, the Wachowskis
at Wikipedia, and The Omega Matrix in this journal.

Austrian Wins Kyoto Prize (Revisited)

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:29 PM

For the title, see Schwarzenegger and "Clockwork Orange"
in the June 2005 post "All in the Timing."

Related music — Taps for Donen

Donen reportedly died on Thursday.
See this journal on that day for a related
New York Times  meditation.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Frenkel on “the Rashomon Effect”

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 1:44 PM

Earlier in Frenkel's above opinion piece —

"What this research implies is that we are not just hearing
different 'stories' about the electron, one of which may be
true. Rather, there is one true story, but it has many facets,
seemingly in contradiction, just like in 'Rashomon.' 
There is really no escape from the mysterious — some
might say, mystical — nature of the quantum world."

See also a recent New Yorker  version of the fashionable cocktail-party
phrase "the Rashomon effect."

For a different approach to the dictum "there is one true story, but
it has many facets," see . . .

"Read something that means something."
New Yorker  motto

Monday, February 18, 2019

The Joy of Six

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , , — m759 @ 3:00 PM


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See also the previous post.

I prefer the work of Josefine Lyche on the smallest perfect number/universe.

Context —

Lyche's Lynx760 installations and Vigeland's nearby Norwegian  clusterfuck.

Quantum Choreography

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:06 PM

In the beginning of the 1954 film "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,"
Adam, oldest of the brothers, is paired with Milly. The problem then is
to find brides for Adam's six brothers.

Above is a video illustration, published on Aug. 12, 2016, of the six couples. 
Matching them involves some choreography.

See also this  journal on Aug. 12, 2016 — "Dustbucket Physics" —

" through the proposition machine of quantum mechanics
comes pregeometry; pregeometry makes geometry;
geometry gives rise to matter and the physical laws
and constants of the universe." 

— Harvard professor Peter Galison, 
     defender of the faith of Scientism

For a different sort of quantum "proposition machine," see posts tagged
Dirac and Geometry.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Geometry of the 4×4 Square: The Kummer Configuration

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

From the series of posts tagged Kummerhenge

A Wikipedia article relating the above 4×4 square to the work of Kummer —

A somewhat more interesting aspect of the geometry of the 4×4 square
is its relationship to the 4×6 grid underlying the Miracle Octad Generator
(MOG) of R. T. Curtis.  Hudson's 1905 classic Kummer's Quartic Surface
deals with the Kummer properties above and also foreshadows, without
explicitly describing, the finite-geometry properties of the 4×4 square as
a finite affine 4-space — properties that are of use in studying the Mathieu
group M24  with the aid of the MOG.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

The Clifford Narrative

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:17 AM

See also Clifford in this  journal, in particular 
The Matrix for Quantum Mystics 
(Log24, St. Andrew's Day, 2017).

Saturday, December 22, 2018

The Hat Tip

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:59 PM

"Form the turtle!"
— Rex Harrison, quoted here
on March 12, 2005.

Cremona-Richmond

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:34 PM

The following are some notes on the history of Clifford algebras
and finite geometry suggested by the "Clifford Modules" link in a
Log24 post of March 12, 2005

A more recent appearance of the configuration —

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Slow

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 8:12 PM

Some images suggested by the previous post and by the date
of the documentary below — March 12, 2005 —

See also Slow Art.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

An Inscape for Douthat

Some images, and a definition, suggested by my remarks here last night
on Apollo and Ross Douthat's remarks today on "The Return of Paganism" —

Detail of Feb. 20, 1986, note by Steven H. Cullinane on Weyl's 'relativity problem'

Kibler's 2008 'Variations on a theme' illustrated.

In finite geometry and combinatorics,
an inscape  is a 4×4 array of square figures,
each figure picturing a subset of the overall 4×4 array:


 

Related material — the phrase
"Quantum Tesseract Theorem" and  

A.  An image from the recent
      film "A Wrinkle in Time" — 

B.  A quote from the 1962 book —

"There's something phoney
in the whole setup, Meg thought.
There is definitely something rotten
in the state of Camazotz."

Friday, December 7, 2018

The Angel Particle

Filed under: G-Notes,General,Geometry — Tags: , , — m759 @ 7:15 PM

(Continued from this morning)

Majorana spinors and fermions at ncatlab

The Gibbons paper on the geometry of Majorana spinors and the Kummer configuration

"The hint half guessed, the gift half understood, is Incarnation."

— T. S. Eliot in Four Quartets

Geometric incarnation and the Kummer configuration

See also other Log24 posts tagged Kummerhenge.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Blackboard Jungle Continues.

Filed under: G-Notes,General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 6:19 PM

From the 1955 film "Blackboard Jungle" —

From a trailer for the recent film version of A Wrinkle in Time

Detail of the phrase "quantum tesseract theorem":

From the 1962 book —

"There's something phoney
in the whole setup, Meg thought.
There is definitely something rotten
in the state of Camazotz."

Related mathematics from Koen Thas that some might call a
"quantum tesseract theorem" —

Some background —

Koen Thas, 'Unextendible Mututally Unbiased Bases' (2016)

See also posts tagged Dirac and Geometry. For more
background on finite  geometry, see a web page
at Thas's institution, Ghent University.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Crucible of Death

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:00 PM

This journal yesterday

On a new Netflix series:

We don’t yet have a story structure that allows witches to be powerful for long stretches of time without men holding them back. And what makes the new Sabrina  so exciting is that it seems to be trying to build that story structure itself, in real time, to find a way to let Sabrina have her power and her freedom.

It might fail. But if it does, it will be a glorious and worthwhile failure — the type that comes with trying to pioneer a new kind of story.

—  Constance Grady at Vox, the morning before
      Devil's Night (Oct. 30-31), 2018

A playwright who reportedly died yesterday

"Attention must be paid."

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Shadowlands

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 4:38 AM

The previous post suggests a review.

Following the above reference to March 30, 2016 —

Following the above reference to Lovasz —

The Path of Logic

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 3:05 AM

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Clash of the Titans

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 6:18 PM

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Another 48 Hours

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:29 PM

http://www.log24.com/log/pix18/180901-Elliott-Gould-in-Oceans-8.jpg

Backstory:  See The Plaid Overnight Case in this journal.

Investigators: First 48 Hours Most Critical
In Locating Missing Children Who Entered
Portal To Fantastical World

See as well a post from 10:16 PM ET Thursday, August 30, 2018.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Perception of Number

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 8:31 PM

Review of yesterday's post Perception of Space

From Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone  (1997),
republished as "… and the Sorcerer's Stone ," Kindle edition:

http://www.log24.com/log/pix18/180830-Harry_Potter_Phil_Stone-wand-movements-quote.jpg

In a print edition from Bloomsbury (2004), and perhaps in the
earliest editions, the above word "movements" is the first word
on page 168:

http://www.log24.com/log/pix18/180830-Harry_Potter-Phil_Stone-Bloomsbury-2004-p168.jpg

Click the above ellipse for some Log24 posts on the eightfold cube,
the source of the 168 automorphisms ("movements") of the Fano plane.

"Refined interpretation requires that you know that
someone once said the offspring of reality and illusion
is only a staggering confusion."

— Poem, "The Game of Roles," by Mary Jo Bang

Related material on reality and illusion
an ad on the back cover of the current New Yorker

http://www.log24.com/log/pix18/180831-NYer-back-cover-ad-Lifespan_of_a_Fact.jpg

"Hey, the stars might lie, but the numbers never do." — Song lyric

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Twenty Years

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:16 PM

This post was suggested by the final inside page, 23,
of next Sunday's New York Times Book Review ,
"Memorabilia/ Happy 20th Anniversary, Harry Potter."

http://www.log24.com/log/pix18/180830-Harry_Potter-20th-NYT-500w.jpg

From VOA Learning English, June 26, 2017

J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Books
Turn 20 Years Old

. . . .

" J.K. Rowling’s first book about Harry and his friends at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was released on June 26, 1997.

The publisher, Bloomsbury, only released 500 copies to stores in Britain and sent 500 to British libraries.

Now, thanks to 450 million more copies of the first book and six others, Harry Potter and his friends are known around the world.

Adults and children loved the books. But 12 publishers rejected the first one, known in many countries as 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.' "

. . . .

See as well this  journal on June 26, 2017 in
posts now tagged Ron Shaw In Memoriam.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Summer in Philadelphia

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:59 PM

http://www.log24.com/log/pix18/180806-Old_City_Hall-Philadelphia.jpg

See also this  journal on June 21st, 2013.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Bell

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 6:11 PM

Three hidden keys open three secret gates
Wherein the errant will be tested for worthy traits
And those with the skill to survive these straits
Will reach The End where the prize awaits

— Ready Player One , by Ernest Cline

"Look, my favorite expression is,
'When you go up to the bell, ring it,
or don’t go up to the bell.'
We’ve gone too far. We have to ring the bell."

Mel Brooks on "The Producers"
     in The New York Times  today.

A 2016 Scribner edition of Stephen King's IT —

Related material —

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

Kummerhenge Illustrated

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

      

“… the utterly real thing in writing is the only thing that counts…."

— Maxwell Perkins to Ernest Hemingway, Aug. 30, 1935

"Omega is as real  as we need it to be."

— Burt Lancaster in "The Osterman Weekend"

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Titans

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:01 PM

"By The Boston Globe

July 10, 2018

The private jets have begun clogging the jetways
in Sun Valley, Idaho, which can only mean one thing:
'Billionaire summer camp’' has begun.

The annual Allen & Company conference, the investment
firm’s invite-only gathering of some of the world’s most
powerful corporate titans, officially begins on Wednesday."

In other news —

"NASHVILLE, Tenn. 

Get ready to see the Titans in training camp."

See also another  post now tagged "Clash of the Titans."

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Dirac and Geometry (continued)

"Just fancy a scale model of Being 
made out of string and cardboard."

Nanavira Thera, 1 October 1957,
on a model of Kummer's Quartic Surface
mentioned by Eddington

"… a treatise on Kummer's quartic surface."

The "super-mathematician" Eddington did not see fit to mention
the title or the author of the treatise he discussed.

See Hudson + Kummer in this  journal.

See also posts tagged Dirac and Geometry.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

SASTRA paper

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 11:14 PM

Now out from behind a paywall . . .

The diamond theorem at SASTRA —

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Doppelgänger

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:06 AM

The previous post suggests a media review.

Doppelgangers from the wonderful world of entertainment —

   

"We have a clip." — Kalle  (Kristen Wiig on SNL)

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Some Style

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 1:03 AM

Dialogue from the 1984 fourth draft of the script, as found on the Web,
for "Back to the Future" (1985) (apparently some changes were made
in the filming) —

A sort of "flux capacitor" (see previous post) —

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan

 plus "e" for Einstein 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Flux Capacitor

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 4:13 PM

For Tom Hanks and Dan Brown —

Symbologist Robert Langdon views a corner of Solomon's Cube

From "Raiders of the Lost Images" —

"The cube shape of the lost Mother Box,
also known as the Change Engine,
is shared by the Stone in a novel by
Charles Williams, Many Dimensions .
See the Solomon's Cube webpage."

See as well a Google search for flux philosophy
https://www.google.com/search?q=flux+philosophy.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Church and Temple

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , — m759 @ 10:48 AM

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Once Upon a . . .

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 10:13 AM

Click the text below for a slideshow.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Time

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:00 AM 

Monday, May 7, 2018

Fish Babel

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , , — m759 @ 10:00 AM

Stanley Fish in the online New York Times  today —

". . . Because it is an article of their faith that politics are bad
and the unmediated encounter with data is good,
internet prophets will fail to see the political implications
of what they are trying to do, for in their eyes political implications
are what they are doing away with.

Indeed, their deepest claim — so deep that they are largely
unaware of it — is that politics can be eliminated. They don’t
regard politics as an unavoidable feature of mortal life but as
an unhappy consequence of the secular equivalent of the
Tower of Babel: too many languages, too many points of view.
Politics (faction and difference) will just wither away when
the defect that generates it (distorted communication) has
been eliminated by unmodified data circulated freely among
free and equal consumers; everyone will be on the same page,
reading from the same script and apprehending the same
universal meanings. Back to Eden!"

The final page, 759, of the Harry Potter saga —

"Talk about magical thinking!" — Fish, ibidem .

See also the above Harry Potter page 
in this  journal Sunday morning.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Osterman Omega

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 5:01 PM

From "The Osterman Weekend" (1983) —

Counting symmetries of the R. T. Curtis Omega:

An Illustration from Shakespeare's birthday

Counting symmetries with the orbit-stabilizer theorem

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Plugin

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 6:45 PM

Art enthusiast Phyllis Tuchman in The New York Times  yesterday —

"Ms. Rockburne's understated work plugged into
the prevailing Minimalist aesthetic of the day . . . ."

This was quoted here yesterday, followed by a visual flash drive
of sorts —

Another Parisian flash drive of sorts —

Friday, May 4, 2018

The Tuchman Radical*

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 3:33 PM

Two excerpts from today's Art & Design section of
The New York Times  —

For the deplorables of France —

For further remarks on l'ordre ,
see posts tagged Galois's Space
( tag=galoiss-space).

* The radical of the title is Évariste Galois (1811-1832).

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Multifaceted . . .

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:56 PM

. . . Con Figuras de Espantar

"He Who Searches  is multifaceted in structure …"

Publisher's description of a Helen Lane translation
of "Como en la Guerra ," by Luisa Valenzuela
Also by Valenzuela —

Related material — An obituary from The Boston Globe  today
on the April 5 death of Borinsky's translator, and . . .

"He Who Searches" may consult also posts tagged Date.

Monday, April 16, 2018

The Brooklyn Game

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:12 PM

"Can you bring me some players?"

— Molly Bloom in "Molly's Game"

Happy birthday to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Focus Up.

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:42 PM

From subtitles to the recent film "Molly's Game" —

1893
01:19:40,423 –> 01:19:42,633
I'm the only
Irish guy they let play.

1894
01:19:42,718 –> 01:19:43,851
-I'm not Irish.

1895
01:19:46,549 –> 01:19:48,729
-You're not?
-No.

1896
01:19:50,367 –> 01:19:51,594
-Molly Bloom?

1897
01:19:51,695 –> 01:19:53,570
-You're thinking of the
James Joyce character.

1898
01:19:55,434 –> 01:19:57,286
-I always thought you were Irish.

1899
01:19:57,809 –> 01:19:58,473
-I'm not.

1900
01:19:58,543 –> 01:19:59,856
Can you bring me some players?

1901
01:19:59,881 –> 01:20:02,200
-Isn't there a famous book?
-Okay, Douglas.

1902
01:20:02,239 –> 01:20:04,231
Focus up. Yes, there's
a book by James Joyce

1903
01:20:04,279 –> 01:20:06,482
called <i>Ulysses</i> and there's
a character named Molly Bloom

1904
01:20:06,529 –> 01:20:07,974
and that is why
you think I'm Irish

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