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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Garden of Allah

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Continues .

From "The Back Page," Notices of the American Mathematical Society ,
June-July 2016 —

Related material:  Page 1 of Screenland , April 1923 —

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Derrida at Villanova

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:00 PM

"As Derrida said at Villanova,
"We wait for something we would not like to wait for.
That is another name for death."

— Brian D. Ingraffia, "Is the Postmodern Post-Secular?,"
p. 50 in Postmodern Philosophy and Christian Thought ,
ed. by Merold Westphal, Indiana University Press, 1999, pp. 44-68

See also Derrida at Villanova in this journal.

The link to Ingraffia's remarks was suggested by
this evening's New York Times  obituaries—

http://www.log24.com/log/pix12/120114-NYTobits-642PM.jpg

Friday, January 6, 2012

The Garden Path

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:01 AM

"Not all those who have sought to decode the symbolism of the Tarot pack
have been occultists; some have been serious scholars…."

— Michael Dummett, The Game of Tarot , Ch. 20

“Eliot by his own admission took the ‘still point of the turning world’
in Burnt Norton  from the Fool in Williams’s The Greater Trumps .”

Humphrey Carpenter, The Inklings , Ballantine Books, 1981, p. 106

From a talk on April 16, 2010, in Cuernavaca

http://www.log24.com/log/pix12/120106-UNAM-slide.jpg

Related material—

IMAGE- 'A Walk in the Noncommutative Garden'

See also The Martial Art of Giving Talks.

(Thanks to Lieven Le Bruyn for his Twelfth Night post on this topic.)

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Space Music

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:27 AM

'The Eddington Song,' based on 'The Philosophy of Physical Science,' p. 141 (1939)

Update of Nov. 19 —

"Design is how it works." — Steve Jobs

See also www.cullinane.design.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Hen Scratches

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:18 PM

Robert M. Adams on Finnegans Wake 
in The New York Times 
on Sunday, January 18, 1987:

"There is a great passage in the 'Wake' where Joyce — if he was not
just a phantasm in the mind of HCE — appears to address his reader
directly, jocularly and sympathetically:

'You is feeling like you was lost in the bush, boy? You says:
It is a puling sample jungle of woods. You most shouts out:
Bethicket me for a stump of a beech if I have the poultriest
notions what the farest he all means. Gee up, girly!'

For there's a bird in the case, and if we follow her hen scratches,
we may be able to 'pick a peck of kindlings yet from the sack of
auld hensyne.' That's what keeps the 'Wake' fellowship awake at night . . . ."

Not to mention "skreaking and skrittering" —

Monday, October 15, 2018

History at Bellevue

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:38 PM

The previous post, "Tesserae for a Tesseract," contains the following
passage from a 1987 review of a book about Finnegans Wake

"Basically, Mr. Bishop sees the text from above
and as a whole — less as a sequential story than
as a box of pied type or tesserae for a mosaic,
materials for a pattern to be made."

A set of 16 of the Wechsler cubes below are tesserae that 
may be used to make patterns in the Galois tesseract.

Another Bellevue story

History, Stephen said, is a nightmare
from which I am trying to awake.”

— James JoyceUlysses

Tesserae for a Tesseract

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The source —

The Other Side

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"As far as I know, there is no escape for mortal beings from time.
But experimental ideas of practical access to eternity
exerted tremendous sway on educated, intelligent, and forward-
looking people in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries,
with a cutoff that was roughly coincident with the First World War.
William James died in 1910 without having ceased to urge
an open-minded respect for occult convictions."

New Yorker  art critic Peter Schjeldahl in the Oct. 22, 2018, issue.

Also in that issue —

For Zingari Shoolerim*

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:19 PM

IMAGE- Site with keywords 'Galois space, Galois geometry, finite geometry' at DiamondSpace.net

The structure at top right is that of the
ROMA-ORAM-MARO-AMOR square
in the previous post.

* "Zingari shoolerim" is from
    Finnegans Wake .

Daily Maro

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

From a post of May 21, 2004

A comment on that post —

"Oh yeah – MARO means bread in Romani – pretty cool, huh?" 

See also a New Yorker  piece from the Oct. 15, 2018, issue —

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/10/15/
is-the-aeneid-a-celebration-of-empire-or-a-critique

Saturday, September 29, 2018

“Ikonologie des Zwischenraums”

Filed under: G-Notes,General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:29 AM

The title is from Warburg. The Zwischenraum  lines and shaded "cuts"
below are to be added together in characteristic two, i.e., via the
set-theoretic symmetric difference  operator.

Some small Galois spaces (the Cullinane models)

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Trinity

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

See some posts related to three names
associated with Trinity College, Cambridge —

Atiyah + Shaw + Eddington .

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Speaking of Strange Tales …

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:33 AM

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In Memoriam:

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Denis Mostyn Norden, writer, broadcaster and television presenter,
born 6 February 1922; died 19 September 2018.

http://www.log24.com/log/pix18/180919-The_Statue-IMDb.jpg

http://www.log24.com/log/pix18/180919-The_Statue-unwrapped.jpg

For Abraham Warburg —

http://www.log24.com/log/pix18/180914-Warburg-Wikipedia.jpg

"Que cantaba el Rey David."

Projective

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http://www.log24.com/log/pix18/180919-Projective_Test-search-sidebar.jpg

See also Watchmen in this journal.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Death Day

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:20 PM

"Birthday, death-day — what day is not both?" — Updike

http://www.log24.com/log/pix18/180918-A_Christmas_Carol-091215.jpg

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http://www.log24.com/log/pix18/180918-The_Hebrew_Connection-post-160704.jpg

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Eidetic Reduction in Geometry

Filed under: G-Notes,General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 1:23 AM
 

"Husserl is not the greatest philosopher of all times.
He is the greatest philosopher since Leibniz."

Kurt Gödel as quoted by Gian-Carlo Rota

Some results from a Google search —

Eidetic reduction | philosophy | Britannica.com

Eidetic reduction, in phenomenology, a method by which the philosopher moves from the consciousness of individual and concrete objects to the transempirical realm of pure essences and thus achieves an intuition of the eidos (Greek: “shape”) of a thing—i.e., of what it is in its invariable and essential structure, apart …

Phenomenology Online » Eidetic Reduction

The eidetic reduction: eidos. Method: Bracket all incidental meaning and ask: what are some of the possible invariate aspects of this experience? The research …

Eidetic reduction – New World Encyclopedia

Sep 19, 2017 – Eidetic reduction is a technique in Husserlian phenomenology, used to identify the essential components of the given phenomenon or experience.

Terminology: Eidos

For example —

The reduction of two-colorings and four-colorings of a square or cubic
array of subsquares or subcubes to lines, sets of lines, cuts, or sets of
cuts between the subsquares or subcubes.

See the diamond theorem and the eightfold cube.

* Cf. posts tagged Interality and Interstice.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Godard and Interality

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:14 AM

The previous post, "One Plus One," suggests some further
art-historical remarks on interality

From Third Text , 2013, Vol. 27, No. 6, pp. 774–785 —

"Genealogy of the Image in Histoire(s) du Cinéma : Godard, Warburg and the Iconology of the Interstice"

By Dimitrios S. Latsis

* * * * P. 775

My discussion will focus on the significance of the concept of the ‘space in-between,’ its importance for Godard’s work and its role in a relational historiography of images more broadly. I hope to corroborate how Godard functions as a twenty-first century archaeologist of the moving image, constructing a meta-cinematic collage that, while consisting of an indexing of (almost exclusively) pre-existing filmic samples, ends up becoming a hybrid work of art in its own right. Godard, in the final analysis, expands the Warburgian programme of iconology into that of a cinematographic iconology of the interstice.

* * * * P. 777

Godard conceives of the image only in the plural, in the intermediate space between two images, be it a prolonged one (in  Histoire(s)  there are frequent instances of black screens) or a non-existent one (superimposition, co-presence of two images on screen). He comments: ‘[For me] it’s always two, begin by showing two images rather than one, that’s what I call image, the one made up of two’ [18] and elsewhere, ‘I perceived . . . cinema is that which is between things, not things [themselves] but between one and another.’ [19]

18. Jean-Luc Godard and Youssef Ishaghpour, "Archéologie du cinéma et mémoire du siècle," Farrago ,Tours, 2000, p. 27. The title of this work is reflective of the Godardian agenda that permeates Histoire(s) .

19. Jean-Luc Godard, "Introduction à une véritable histoire du cinéma," Albatros , Paris,1980, p. 145

* * * * P. 783 —

If it is in ‘the in-between’ that thought is born, then for Godard cinematography as ‘a form that thinks  . . . was born with the advent of modern painting.’ [62]

62. Godard and Ishaghpour, op. cit., pp 45–46.

* * * * P. 785

Warburg commented on the signification of the black spaces that he placed between images in his analysis of the network of intervals in  Mnemosyne , by quoting Johann Wolfgang Goethe’s dictum ‘the truth inhabits the middle space.’ [68] This citation induces a feeling of déjà-vu for the viewer of Histoire(s). The link was not missed by Warburg himself, as one of his diary entries testifies: ‘We can compare this phenomenon [the iconology of the interval] to that of the cinematic montage, the domain of the interpretation is an intervallic one.’  [69]

68. Warburg,  Mnemosyne , pp 135–146.

69. Warburg is quoted in Didi-Huberman, L’image survivante, p. 503. (Georges Didi-Huberman, L’image survivante. Histoire de l’art et temps des fantômes selon Aby Warburg , Minuit, Paris, 2002)

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Space

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 9:26 PM

'Space' in Chinese

For example —

'Projective space' in Chinese

See also Interality in this journal.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Ron Shaw — D. 21 June 2016

Filed under: G-Notes,General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 4:08 AM

The date of Ron Shaw's 2016 death appears to be June 21:

http://www.log24.com/log/pix18/180901-Ron_Shaw-d_21_June_2016-LMS-500w.jpg

All other Internet sources I have seen omit the June 21 date.

This  journal on that date —

http://www.log24.com/log/pix18/180901-The_Central_Structure-21_June_2016.jpg

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

For St. Augustine’s Day

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

http://www.log24.com/log/pix18/180828-Underhill-Lewis-condescension.jpg

Whether the word "condescension" functions as purple Kool-Aid
here or in the previous post, the reader may decide.

See Becomes Saw

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http://www.log24.com/log/pix18/180828-NYT-Condescending-Appiah.jpg

Hid

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Abschattungen*

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:00 PM

“… I realized that to me, Gödel and Escher and Bach
were only shadows cast in different directions
by some central solid essence.
I tried to reconstruct the central object . . . ."

— Douglas Hofstadter (1979)

See also posts of July 23, 2007, and April 7, 2018.

* Term from a visual-culture lexicon —

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

A is for Abschattungen

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

Max Bialystock discovers a new playwright

Lexicon

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"A blank underlies the trials of device." — Wallace Stevens

IMAGE- The ninefold square .

Monday, July 23, 2018

Space 101

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 1:01 AM

From the April 1st publication date of "Interality Shows Through,"
by Geling Shang —

See too yesterday's post  Space.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Space

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See also interality in the eightfold cube.

IMAGE- The Trinity Cube (three interpenetrating planes that split the eightfold cube into its eight subcubes)

Monday, June 25, 2018

The Trials of Device

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:34 AM

"A blank underlies the trials of device."

Wallace Stevens

"Designing with just a blank piece of paper is very quiet."

Kate Cullinane

Related material —

An image posted at 12 AM ET December 25, 2014:

The image stands for the
phrase "five by five,"
meaning "loud and clear."

Other posts featuring the above 5×5 square with some added structure:

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Dirac and Geometry (continued)

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 10:04 AM

"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.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Arty Fact

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 10:35 PM

The title was suggested by the name "ARTI" of an artificial
intelligence in the new film 2036: Origin Unknown.

The Eye of ARTI —

See also a post of May 19, "Uh-Oh" —

— and a post of June 6, "Geometry for Goyim" — 

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

An arty fact I prefer, suggested by the triangular computer-eye forms above —

IMAGE- Hyperplanes (square and triangular) in PG(3,2), and coordinates for AG(4,2)

This is from the July 29, 2012, post The Galois Tesseract.

See as well . . .

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Pieces of April

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:25 AM

This journal on April 16, 2018 —

Happy birthday to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Related material from another weblog in a post also dated April 16, 2018 —

"As I write this, it’s April 5, midway through the eight-day
festival of Passover. During this holiday, we Jews air our
grievances against the ancient Pharaoh who enslaved
and oppressed us, and celebrate the feats of strength
with which the Almighty delivered us from bondage —
wait a minute, I think I’m mixing up Passover with Festivus."
. . . .

"Next month: Time and Tesseracts."

From that next post, dated May 16, 2018 —

"The tesseract entered popular culture through
Madeleine L’Engle’s 'A Wrinkle in Time' . . . ."

The post's author, James Propp, notes that

" L’Engle caused some of her readers confusion
when one of the characters … the prodigy
Charles Wallace Murray [sic ] , declared 'Well, the fifth
dimension’s a tesseract.' "

Propp is not unfamiliar with prodigies:

"When I was a kid living in the Long Island suburbs,
I sometimes got called a math genius. I didn’t think
the label was apt, but I didn’t mind it; being put in
the genius box came with some pretty good perks."

— "The Genius Box," a post dated March 16, 2018

To me, Propp seems less like Charles Wallace
and more like the Prime Coordinator —

For further details, see the following synchronicity checks:

Propp March 16     Log24 March 16

Propp April 16        Log24 April 16

Propp May 16        Log24 May 16 .

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Mystery Box*

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

From The Force Awakens

See also other posts now tagged Mystery Box.

* A phrase of filmmaker J.J. Abrams, director
  of The Force Awakens  (2015).   See Abrams
  and a different mystery box in The New York
  Times  
on June 2, 2011.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Legacy

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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 2, 2018

Galois’s Space

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , , — m759 @ 2:20 PM

(A sequel to Foster's Space and Sawyer's Space)

See posts now tagged Galois's Space.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Wake

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:29 PM

Remarks on space from 1998 by sci-fi author Robert J. Sawyer quoted
here on Sunday (see the tag "Sawyer's Space") suggest a review of
rather similar remarks on space from 1977 by sci-fi author M. A. Foster
(see the tag "Foster's Space"):

Quoted here on September 26, 2012

"All she had to do was kick off and flow."

— The Gameplayers of Zan

"I'se so silly to be flowing but I no canna stay."

— Finnegans Wake

Another work by Sawyer —

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Amusement

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

From the online New York Times  this afternoon:

Disney now holds nine of the top 10
domestic openings of all time —
six of which are part of the Marvel
Cinematic Universe. “The result is
a reflection of 10 years of work:
of developing this universe, creating
stakes as big as they were, characters
that matter and stories and worlds that
people have come to love,” Dave Hollis,
Disney’s president of distribution, said
in a phone interview.

From this  journal this morning:

"But she felt there must be more to this
than just the sensation of folding space
over on itself. Surely the Centaurs hadn't
spent ten years telling humanity how to 
make a fancy amusement-park ride
.
There had to be more—"

Factoring Humanity , by Robert J. Sawyer,
Tom Doherty Associates, 2004 Orb edition,
page 168

"The sensation of folding space . . . ."

Or unfolding:

Click the above unfolded space for some background.

Sermon

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'Imprisoned in a tesseract' in a 1998 science fiction novel

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

Blue Fire

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:00 PM

"By means of an idea we can see
the idea cloaked in the passing parade."

James Hillman in  A Blue Fire 

Related material:  Cloak and Dagger

See as well Barbara Rose.

Colorado Olympiad

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 1:01 PM

Or:  Personalities Before Principles

Personalities —

Principles —

This  journal on April 28, 2004 at 7:00 AM.

Backstory

Square Triangles in this journal.

A Job in West Hollywood

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:02 AM

For the title, see "Inking," a post of Aug. 5, 2015.

See also West Hollywood in a film written and directed by Aaron Sorkin.

Search for Viper Room in this journal.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Whoosh

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:34 PM

See as well an interview in this evening's online New York Times
by Maureen Dowd with "Exorcist" director William Friedkin —

“I don’t drink,” he says. “I’ve never done drugs.
I’ve never tried grass. But I think Miles Davis
is a reason to live.” 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Montana Wildhack

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:22 PM

"On Tralfamadore, Billy is put in a transparent geodesic dome 
exhibit in a zoo; the dome represents a house on Earth.
The Tralfamadorians later abduct a movie star named
Montana Wildhack, who had disappeared and was believed to
have drowned herself in the Pacific Ocean. They intend to
have her mate with Billy." — Wikipedia on Kurt Vonnegut's 
Slaughterhouse-Five .

See also the previous post and (from Log24 on Jan. 22) "Hollywood Moment"

Matt B. Roscoe and Joe Zephyrs, both of Missoula, Montana, authors of article on quilt block symmetries

The Cage Country

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:04 PM

See also "Black Mountain Meets Blue Ridge" (Log24, Feb. 22, 2018).

Entertainment Overload

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:00 AM

From a May 13, 2010, New York Times  theater review

From a link in a post from yesterday evening —

"Why don't you come with me, little girl,
on a magic carpet ride?" — Steppenwolf lyrics

These lyrics are heard in  Star Trek: First Contact  (1996).

Related entertainment —

The production of "Passion Play" reviewed above opened May 12, 2010.

See also this journal on that date.

Monday, April 2, 2018

A Puzzle for the Clueless

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:29 PM

From this evening's online New York Times

Or ask Log24.

The Steppenwolf Carpet

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:20 PM

See posts tagged Steppenwolf Carpet in this journal.

Related fiction:  Weaveworld .

Three Mother Cubes

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

From a Toronto Star video pictured here on April 1 three years ago:

The three connected cubes are labeled "Harmonic Analysis," 'Number Theory,"
and "Geometry."

Related cultural commentary from a review of the recent film "Justice League" —

"Now all they need is to resurrect Superman (Henry Cavill),
stop Steppenwolf from reuniting his three Mother Cubes
(sure, whatever) and wrap things up in under two cinematic
hours (God bless)."

The nineteenth-century German mathematician Felix Christian Klein
as Steppenwolf —

Volume I of a treatise by Klein is subtitled
"Arithmetic, Algebra, Analysis." This covers
two of the above three Toronto Star cubes.

Klein's Volume II is subtitled "Geometry."

An excerpt from that volume —

Further cultural commentary:  "Glitch" in this journal.

Review

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:00 PM

See the posts of April 1 three years ago.

Some context from a personal Kindle library

"Elementary Mathematics from an Ad" suggests . . .

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Logos

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 11:07 AM

The Eightfold Cube

Quantum logo

Business logo

Happy April 1.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Burying the Lede

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:30 PM

"Those seeking an understanding of the historical elements
of Jesus’ saga might find it profitable to engage the vast work
of David Friedrich Strauss, the German intellectual, whose
monumental 'The Life of Jesus, Critically Examined' was
translated into English in the 19th century by George Eliot.
(At times, the translation reads like a scholarly 'Middlemarch,'
much to its credit.)"

— Jon Meacham in the Easter Sunday print edition of
     The New York Times.  The above passage is
     paragraph 10 of Meacham's article.

See also "Over the Mountains" (Log24, Feb. 21, 2018).

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Asymmetry: An Historical YA Fantasy

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:48 AM

Or:  The Discreet Charm of Stéphane

For Lisa Halliday

Supplementary images —

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

On Unfairly Excluding Asymmetry

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:28 AM

A comment on the the Diamond Theorem Facebook page



Those who enjoy asymmetry may consult the "Expert's Cube" —

For further details see the previous post.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Compare and Contrast

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 4:28 PM

Weyl on symmetry, the eightfold cube, the Fano plane, and trigrams of the I Ching

Related material on automorphism groups —

The "Eightfold Cube" structure shown above with Weyl
competes rather directly with the "Eightfold Way" sculpture 
shown above with Bryant. The structure and the sculpture
each illustrate Klein's order-168 simple group.

Perhaps in part because of this competition, fans of the Mathematical
Sciences Research Institute (MSRI, pronounced "Misery') are less likely
to enjoy, and discuss, the eight-cube mathematical structure  above
than they are an eight-cube mechanical puzzle  like the one below.

Note also the earlier (2006) "Design Cube 2x2x2" webpage
illustrating graphic designs on the eightfold cube. This is visually,
if not mathematically, related to the (2010) "Expert's Cube."

Monday, March 12, 2018

“Quantum Tesseract Theorem?”

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

Remarks related to a recent film and a not-so-recent film.

For some historical background, see Dirac and Geometry in this journal.

Also (as Thas mentions) after Saniga and Planat —

The Saniga-Planat paper was submitted on December 21, 2006.

Excerpts from this  journal on that date —

A Halmos tombstone and the tale of HAL and the pod bay doors

     "Open the pod bay doors, HAL."

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Black Mountain Meets Blue Ridge

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

Click to enlarge

Related material —

Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Binary Revolution

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 5:00 PM

Michael Atiyah on the late Ron Shaw

Phrases by Atiyah related to the importance in mathematics
of the two-element Galois field GF(2) —

  • "The digital revolution based on the 2 symbols (0,1)"
  • "The algebra of George Boole"
  • "Binary codes"
  • "Dirac's spinors, with their up/down dichotomy"

These phrases are from the year-end review of Trinity College,
Cambridge, Trinity Annual Record 2017 .

I prefer other, purely geometric, reasons for the importance of GF(2) —

  • The 2×2 square
  • The 2x2x2 cube
  • The 4×4 square
  • The 4x4x4 cube

See Finite Geometry of the Square and Cube.

See also today's earlier post God's Dice and Atiyah on the theology of 
(Boolean) algebra vs. (Galois) geometry:

God’s Dice

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 10:45 AM

On a Trinity classmate of Ian Macdonald (see previous post)—

Atiyah's eulogy of Shaw in Trinity Annual Record 2017 
is on pages 137 through 146.  The conclusion —

 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A Titan of the Field

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 9:45 AM
 

On the late Cambridge astronomer Donald Lynden-Bell —

"As an academic at a time when students listened and lecturers lectured, he had the disconcerting habit of instead picking on a random undergraduate and testing them on the topic. One former student, now a professor, remembered how he would 'ask on-the-spot questions while announcing that his daughter would solve these problems at the breakfast table'.

He got away with it because he was genuinely interested in the work of his colleagues and students, and came to be viewed with great affection by them. He also got away with it because he was well established as a titan of the field."

The London Times  on Feb. 8, 2018, at 5 PM (British time)

Related material —

Two Log24 posts from yesteday, Art Wars and The Void.

See as well the field GF(9)

http://www.log24.com/log/pix12/120220-CoxeterFig10.jpg

and the 3×3 grid as a symbol of Apollo
    (an Olympian rather than a Titan) —

 .

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Void

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:46 AM

In memory of Professor Donald Lynden-Bell,
Emeritus Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge

Lynden-Bell with colleagues at Meteor Crater, Arizona, reportedly in 1960 —

Lynden-Bell was one of the subjects of the 2015 film "Star Men."

Related material —

"After peering into the void from a perch 
outside the visitor center, young Henry, 9, 
said he liked the rugged landscape. 
'It’s a good place to film a space movie,' he said.

Funny he should mention that — 
the crater was the setting for the climactic scenes 
of the 1984 sci-fi film 'Starman,' with Jeff Bridges 
and Karen Allen arriving for a rendezvous with 
an alien mother ship."

Henry Fountain in The New York Times , Jan. 22, 2009

Lynden-Bell reportedly died at 82 on Feb. 5, 2018 (British time).

See as well this  journal on that date.

Art Wars

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:55 AM

'In the end the space itself is the star'— Gia Kourlas

See also Krauss Cross.

Friday, February 2, 2018

For Plato’s Cave

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

"Plato's allegory of the cave describes prisoners,
inhabiting the cave since childhood, immobile,
facing an interior wall. A large fire burns behind
the prisoners, and as people pass this fire their
shadows are cast upon the cave's wall, and
these shadows of the activity being played out
behind the prisoner become the only version of
reality that the prisoner knows."

— From the Occupy Space gallery in Ireland

IMAGE- Patrick McGoohan as 'The Prisoner,' with lapel button that says '6.'

Monday, January 22, 2018

Hollywood Moment

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

Matt B. Roscoe and Joe Zephyrs, both of Missoula, Montana, authors of article on quilt block symmetries

A death on the date of the above symmetry chat,
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

'Love Story' director dies

An Hispanic Hollywood moment:

Ojo de Dios —

Click for related material.

For further Hispanic entertainment,
see Ben Affleck sing 
"Aquellos Ojos Verdes "
in "Hollywoodland."

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Plea

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

Ken Yuszkus, Salem News  staff photo

SALEM — The former MIT professor from Hamilton
accused of trying to swindle his son’s widow and children
out of nearly $5 million pleaded not guilty to the charges
on Friday in Salem Superior Court. 

John Donovan Sr., 75, was clutching a set of rosary beads
as he entered his plea before Judge Timothy Feeley

Donovan was indicted last month by an Essex County grand jury
on 13 counts, including larceny, forgery and witness intimidation. 

. . . .


— Julie Manganis, Salem News  staff writer, Jan. 13, 2018

See also other posts tagged Systems Programming.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Clueless:

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

Peter Zhang and Eric McLuhan on Interality

Space Program

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

Or:  Interality Illustrated

See also Seven Seals.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Report from Red Mountain

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

Tom Wolfe in The Painted Word  (1975):

"It is important to repeat that Greenberg and Rosenberg
did not create their theories in a vacuum or simply turn up
with them one day like tablets brought down from atop
Green Mountain or Red Mountain (as B. H. Friedman once
called the two men). As tout le monde  understood, they
were not only theories but … hot news,
straight from the studios, from the scene."

Harold Rosenberg in The New Yorker  (click to enlarge)

See also Interality  and the Eightfold Cube .

Friday, January 5, 2018

Types of Ambiguity

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:56 AM

From "The Principle of Sufficient Reason," by George David Birkhoff
in "Three Public Lectures on Scientific Subjects,"
delivered at the Rice Institute, March 6, 7, and 8, 1940 —

From the same lecture —

Up to the present point my aim has been to consider a variety of applications of the Principle of Sufficient Reason, without attempting any precise formulation of the Principle itself. With these applications in mind I will venture to formulate the Principle and a related Heuristic Conjecture in quasi-mathematical form as follows:

PRINCIPLE OF SUFFICIENT REASON. If there appears in any theory T a set of ambiguously  determined ( i e . symmetrically entering) variables, then these variables can themselves be determined only to the extent allowed by the corresponding group G. Consequently any problem concerning these variables which has a uniquely determined solution, must itself be formulated so as to be unchanged by the operations of the group G ( i e . must involve the variables symmetrically).

HEURISTIC CONJECTURE. The final form of any scientific theory T is: (1) based on a few simple postulates; and (2) contains an extensive ambiguity, associated symmetry, and underlying group G, in such wise that, if the language and laws of the theory of groups be taken for granted, the whole theory T appears as nearly self-evident in virtue of the above Principle.

The Principle of Sufficient Reason and the Heuristic Conjecture, as just formulated, have the advantage of not involving excessively subjective ideas, while at the same time retaining the essential kernel of the matter.

In my opinion it is essentially this principle and this conjecture which are destined always to operate as the basic criteria for the scientist in extending our knowledge and understanding of the world.

It is also my belief that, in so far as there is anything definite in the realm of Metaphysics, it will consist in further applications of the same general type. This general conclusion may be given the following suggestive symbolic form:

Image-- Birkhoff diagram relating Galois's theory of ambiguity to metaphysics

While the skillful metaphysical use of the Principle must always be regarded as of dubious logical status, nevertheless I believe it will remain the most important weapon of the philosopher.

Related remarks by a founding member of the Metaphysical Club:

See also the previous post, "Seven Types of Interality."

Seven Types of Interality*

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* See the term interality  in this journal.
For many synonyms, see 
"The Human Seriousness of Interality,"
by Peter Zhang, Grand Valley State University,
China Media Research  11(2), 2015, 93-103.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Perspectives from a Chinese Jar

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 4:40 PM

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

— T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets

"The Grand Valley spirit never dies."

— Adapted from the Tao Te Ching

Saturday, December 30, 2017

A Dream

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:26 AM

Say You, Say Me

Lionel Richie
. . . .

"I had a dream,
     I had an awesome dream
People in the park
     playing games in the dark
And what they played
     was a masquerade
And from behind walls of doubt
     a voice was crying out"
. . . .

 "Something else was behind this . . .
  because it makes no sense.”

— The author reviewed in today's previous post,
as quoted yesterday in The Boston Globe

Say you, say me, say  IT . . .

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

About IT

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

Goodreads review of 'Systems Programming,' a book by John J. Donovan

Background: See Wrinkle  in this journal and a post,
Field of Manifestation, from the above 2015 date.

See as well the Goodreads page below.

The six books reviewed by this user were written or
co-written by the author in the review shown above.
Each review gave the highest rating, five stars.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

A Mythologem for Meletinsky

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

The word "mythologem" on page 55 of The Burning Fountain 
by Philip Wheelwright, revised edition of 1968 (p. 91 in the 1954
edition), suggests a Web search for that word. It was notably often
used in the 1998 English translation of a book by Eleazar Meletinsky
first published in Russian in 1976 —

Meletinsky reportedly died on December 17, 2005.

In his memory, Log24 posts from that date are now tagged Mythologem Day.

"And we may see the meadow in December,
icy white and crystalline" — Johnny Mercer

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Trends

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:04 AM

"The philosopher Jerry Fodor was important for the same reason
you’ve probably never heard of him: he was unimpressed,
to put it politely, by the intellectual trends of the day."

—  Stephen Metcalf in The New Yorker , Dec. 12, 2017

See also "The French Invasion," a Dec. 11 Quarterly Conversation
essay about Derrida in Baltimore in 1966, and the Dec. 10 posts
in this  journal tagged Interlacing Derrida. (The deplorable Derrida
trend is apparently still alive in Buffalo.)

According to Metcalf, Fodor's "occasional review-essays in the L.R.B. 
were masterpieces of a plainspoken and withering sarcasm. To Steven
Pinker’s suggestion that we read fiction because ' it supplies us with a
mental catalogue of the fatal conundrums we might face someday,' for
instance, Fodor replied, ' What if it turns out that, having just used the ring
that I got by kidnapping a dwarf to pay off the giants who built me my
new castle, I should discover that it is the very ring that I need in order to
continue to be immortal and rule the world? ' "

In the Fodor-Pinker dispute, my sympathies are with Pinker.

Related material — Google Sutra (the previous Log24 post) and earlier posts
found in a Log24 search for Ring + Bear + Jung —

Four Colours and Waiting for Logos.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Geometry

Filed under: G-Notes,General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 8:45 PM

Google search result for Plato + Statesman + interlacing + interweaving

See also Symplectic in this journal.

From Gotay and Isenberg, “The Symplectization of Science,”
Gazette des Mathématiciens  54, 59-79 (1992):

“… what is the origin of the unusual name ‘symplectic’? ….
Its mathematical usage is due to Hermann Weyl who,
in an effort to avoid a certain semantic confusion, renamed
the then obscure ‘line complex group’ the ‘symplectic group.’
… the adjective ‘symplectic’ means ‘plaited together’ or ‘woven.’
This is wonderfully apt….”

IMAGE- A symplectic structure -- i.e. a structure that is symplectic (meaning plaited or woven)

The above symplectic  figure appears in remarks on
the diamond-theorem correlation in the webpage
Rosenhain and Göpel Tetrads in PG(3,2). See also
related remarks on the notion of  linear  (or line ) complex
in the finite projective space PG(3,2) —

Anticommuting Dirac matrices as spreads of projective lines

Ron Shaw on the 15 lines of the classical generalized quadrangle W(2), a general linear complex in PG(3,2)

Numbers

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:10 PM

See also The Derrida Reader: Writing Performances, edited by
Julian Wolfreys (U. of Nebraska Press, 1998), pages 112-113,
discussed here in the previous two posts, and this  journal on
1/12-1/13. Related material: Polytropos .

Algebra

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:55 PM

Derrida quote from the previous post

See also Black + Algebra + Metaphor.

Interlacing, Interweaving

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:00 PM

The above title should be sung to the following tune

"Right through hell
 there is a path…."
 — Malcolm Lowry,
Under the Volcano

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Matrix for Quantum Mystics

Filed under: G-Notes,General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 10:29 PM

Scholia on the title — See Quantum + Mystic in this journal.

The Matrix of Lévi-Strauss

"In Vol. I of Structural Anthropology , p. 209, I have shown that
this analysis alone can account for the double aspect of time
representation in all mythical systems: the narrative is both
'in time' (it consists of a succession of events) and 'beyond'
(its value is permanent)." — Claude Lévi-Strauss, 1976

I prefer the earlier, better-known, remarks on time by T. S. Eliot
in Four Quartets , and the following four quartets (from
The Matrix Meets the Grid) —

.

From a Log24 post of June 26-27, 2017:

A work of Eddington cited in 1974 by von Franz

See also Dirac and Geometry and Kummer in this journal.

Ron Shaw on Eddington's triads "associated in conjugate pairs" —

For more about hyperbolic  and isotropic  lines in PG(3,2),
see posts tagged Diamond Theorem Correlation.

For Shaw, in memoriam — See Contrapuntal Interweaving and The Fugue.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

For Your Consideration

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

From today's online Wall Street Journal

A synchronology check of the above 2015 Taylor Swift date —

The above remarks suggest Swift as a possible presidential candidate:

From The Harvard Crimson  on Halloween

 .

Dating

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

Related material —

Michael Sudduth in this journal and an October 28, 2017,
Facebook post by Sudduth.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Punch Lines

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:06 PM

From a post last month

"You're gonna need a bigger boat."
Roy Scheider in "Jaws"

"We're gonna need more holy water."
— "Season of the Witch" 

… and for Tom HanksDan Brown, and Francine Prose —

"You're gonna need more typewriters!"

Heart of the Monkey God

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:42 PM

In Memoriam

"Renowned Canadian theologian Gregory Baum, 94,
author of the first draft of the Second Vatican Council's
'Nostra Aetate,' died Oct. 18 in a Montreal hospital."

National Catholic Reporter , Oct. 20, 2017

October 18 was St. Luke's Day

From the Log24 post "Prose" on that date

"Mister Monkey . . . . is also Hanuman, the Hindu monkey god . . . ."
— Cathleeen Schine in an online October 17 NY Times  review.

From the novel under review —

"Only the heart of the monkey god is large enough
to contain the hearts and souls of all the monkeys,
all the humans, the gods, every shining thread
that connects them."

— Francine Prose, Mister Monkey: A Novel  (p. 263).
     HarperCollins. Kindle Edition. 

See as well all posts now tagged Prose Monkey.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Prose (continued from yesterday)

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:20 PM

"While Prose's adult works have touched on various subjects,
her fiction for children, which she began writing in earnest
in the mid-1990s, all has a basis in Jewish folklore."

»  Read more.

Aficionados of what Dan Brown has called "symbology"
can read about the above right-chevrons symbol in
Fast Forward, a post of November 21, 2010.

And Howe

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:01 AM

The Harvard Crimson , Feb. 28, 2017

Cambridge City Councillors formally requested that the Cambridge
Historical Commission consider designating the Abbott Building in
Harvard Square as a historical landmark at its weekly meeting Monday.
. . . .

“There are only a few gems that give the really Square character.”
Councillor Dennis J. Carlone said. “And in the heart of the square,
it’s this building.”

See as well the cover of
The Monkey Grammarian ,
a book by Octavio Paz —

A related NPR book review yesterday

"Like Curious George , another vaguely imperialist children's classic —
which Prose refers to frequently — the simian hero of Mister Monkey 
gets into trouble in his new urban environment." 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Prose

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:01 PM

New York Times  review  of a new novel by Francine Prose —

"Mister Monkey . . . . is also Hanuman, the Hindu monkey god . . . ."
— Cathleeen Schine in in the above October 17 review.

A related book

See as well The Monkey Grammarian  in this  journal.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Strength at the Centre

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 1:00 PM

The title, a phrase from a poem by Wallace Stevens,
was suggested by the previous post, "Center."

See posts tagged May 19 Gestalt in particular, 
May 19, 2007 — "Point of View."

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Center

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." 

Wikipedia

"The center of
the quaternion group,
Q8 = {1, −1, i, −i, j, −j, k, −k} ,
is {1, −1}."

Illustration from a post of Feb. 3,  2011

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11/110203-Scholia.jpg.

In Principio:

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

Red October  continues …

See also Molloy in this  journal.

Related art  theory —

Geometry of the 4×4 Square 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Sicut Erat

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:26 PM

Smith College in 2011 on some music by Dan Brown's brother —

"Using the conventions of a traditional five-movement
Roman Catholic Mass to revere Darwin’s body of work,
Gregory Brown, Smith’s assistant director of choral
activities and a composer of choral music, is
collaborating with Craig Phillips, an early music specialist
and member of the classical a cappella male quartet
New York Polyphony, to create the piece Missa Charles Darwin . 
Brown is building the work in three large-scale sections and
scoring it for a male vocal quartet, which will be performed by
New York Polyphony."

https://www.smith.edu/insight/stories/darwin.php

Dan Brown has said his brother's Missa  helped suggest his new novel Origin .

Material from Smith College related to a performance of
Missa Charles Darwin  at the college on Feb. 4, 2011 —

Dan Brown, in the following passage, claims that an eight-ray star with arrowheads
at the rays' ends is "the mathematical symbol for entropy."  Brown may have first
encountered this symbol at a questionable "Sacred Science" website.  Wikipedia
discusses some even less  respectable uses of the symbol.

My own version of the above symbol (from the pure mathematics of group actions
on a 3×3 square) appeared here the day before  the Friday, Feb. 4, 2011,
Smith College Darwin Mass . . .

See posts now tagged The Next Thing.

Speak, Memra

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 11:59 AM

The above was suggested by a Log24 review of October 13, 2002,
which in turn suggested a Log24 search for Carousel that yielded
(from Bloomsday Lottery) —

See as well Asimov's "prime radiant," and an illustration
of the number 13 as a radiant prime

"The Prime Radiant can be adjusted to your mind,
and all corrections and additions can be made
through mental rapport. There will be nothing to
indicate that the correction or addition is yours.
In all the history of the Plan there has been no
personalization. It is rather a creation of all of us 
together. Do you understand?"  

"Yes, Speaker!"

— Isaac Asimov, 
    Second Foundation , Ch. 8: Seldon's Plan

"Before time began, there was the Cube."
— Optimus Prime

See also Transformers in this journal.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Another 35-Year Wait

Filed under: G-Notes,General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 9:00 PM

The title refers to today's earlier post "The 35-Year Wait."

A check of my activities 35 years ago this fall, in the autumn
of 1982, yields a formula I prefer to the nonsensical, but famous,
"canonical formula" of Claude Lévi-Strauss.

The Lévi-Strauss formula

My "inscape" formula, from a note of Sept. 22, 1982 —

S = f ( f ( X ) ) .

Some mathematics from last year related to the 1982 formula —

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

See also Inscape in this  journal and posts tagged Dirac and Geometry.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Core

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 4:01 PM

From the New York Times Wire  last night —

"Mr. Hefner styled himself as an emblem
of the sexual revolution."

From a Log24 post on September 23 —

A different emblem related to other remarks in the above Sept. 23 post

On the wall— A Galois-geometry 'inscape'

(On the wall — a Galois-geometry inscape .)

The Last Word

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 6:00 AM

Remarks suggested by the previous post

From Jeremy Biles, "Introduction: The Sacred Monster," in
Ecce Monstrum: Georges Bataille and the Sacrifice of Form

(Fordham University Press, 2007, page 3) —

Bataille’s insistent conjunction of the monstrous and the sacred is the subject of this book. Regarded by many as one of the most important thinkers of our time, and acknowledged as an important influence by such intellectuals as Michel Foucault, Julia Kristeva, Maurice Blanchot, and Jacques Derrida, Bataille produced a corpus of wide-ranging writings bearing the monstrous marks of the affective and intellectual contradictions he also sought to produce in his readers. In the following chapters, I will specify some of the ways in which Bataille evokes monstrosity to elicit in himself and his audience an experience of simultaneous anguish and joy—an experience that he calls sacred. In particular, Bataille is fascinated with the ‘‘left-hand’’ sacred. In contradistinction to its lucent and form-conferring ‘‘right-hand’’ counterpart, the left-hand sacred is obscure and formless—not transcendent, pure, and beneficent, but dangerous, filthy, and morbid. This sinister, deadly aspect of the sacred is at once embodied in, and communicated by, the monster. As we will see, it is in beholding the monster that one might experience the combination of ecstasy and horror that characterizes Bataille ’s notion of the sacred.

The dual etymology of ‘‘monster’’ reveals that aspect of the sacred that enticed Bataille. According to one vein of etymological study, the Latin monstrum  derives from monstrare  (to show or display). The monster is that which appears before our eyes as a sign of sorts; it is a demonstration. But another tradition emphasizes a more ominous point. Deriving from monere  (to warn), the monster is a divine omen, a portent; it heralds something that yet remains unexpected, unforeseeable—as a sudden reversal of fortune. In the writings of Bataille, the monster functions as a monstrance, putting on display the sinister aspect of the sacred that Bataille sees as the key to a ‘‘sovereign’’ existence. But in doing so the monster presents us with a portent of something that we cannot precisely foresee, but something that, Bataille claims, can be paradoxically experienced in moments of simultaneous anguish and ecstasy: death.

See as well

(Order of news items transposed for aesthetic effect.)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Badreads

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

    See also a related Log24 post.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Turn of the Frame

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

"With respect to the story's content, the frame thus acts
both as an inclusion of the exterior and as an exclusion
of the interior: it is a perturbation of the outside at the
very core of the story's inside, and as such, it is a blurring
of the very difference between inside and outside."

— Shoshana Felman on a Henry James story, p. 123 in
"Turning the Screw of Interpretation,"
Yale French Studies  No. 55/56 (1977), pp. 94-207.
Published by Yale University Press.

See also the previous post and The Galois Tesseract.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Zero Monstrance

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 6:00 AM

From "The Metaphysics of Entities," a post of Sept. 20, 2014 —

Anthony Lane in The New Yorker  on a 2013 film —

"The hero of 'The Zero Theorem' is a computer genius
called Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz)…. He is the sole
resident of a derelict church, where, on a crucifix in front
of the altar, the head of Christ has been replaced by a
security camera. No prayers are ever said, and none are
answered."

Related dialogue from a 2008 film

Another view of the Zero Theorem derelict church —

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Goals

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 12:18 PM

"Truth and clarity remained his paramount goals…"

— Benedict Nightingale in today's online New York TImes  on an
English theatre director, founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company,
who reportedly died yesterday at 86.

See also Paramount in this  journal.

Monday, September 11, 2017

New Depth

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 9:48 PM

A sentence from the New York Times Wire  discussed in the previous post

NYT Wire on Len Wein: 'Through characters like Wolverine and Swamp Thing, he helped bring a new depth to his art form.'

"Through characters like Wolverine and Swamp Thing,
he helped bring a new depth to his art form."

For Wolverine and Swamp Thing in posts related to a different
art form — geometry — see …

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

National Comedy

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:20 PM

From a search in this journal for "More Holy Water" —

A post of January 7, 2011, has the following:

"Infinite Jest… now stands as the principal contender
for what serious literature can aspire to
in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries."

— All Things Shining, a work of pop philosophy
published January 4th

http://www.log24.com/log/pix10B/101231-AllThingsShining-Cover.jpg

"You're gonna need a bigger boat."
Roy Scheider in "Jaws"

"We're gonna need more holy water."
— "Season of the Witch" 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Grossman Chronicles* Continue

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:14 PM

"The warnings come after  the spells." — Doctor Strange

* See the footnote to the previous post.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Glitter at the Dark Tower

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:00 PM

"The centre of transformations that
Transform for transformation's self,

In a glitter that is a life, a gold
That is a being, a will, a fate."

— Wallace Stevens, "Human Arrangement"

From "The Dark Tower," a post of July 9, 2016 —

See also a search for Glitter in this journal.

Poetic Theology at the New York Times

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:19 PM

Or:  Trinity Test Site

From the New York Times Book Review  of
next Sunday, August 6, 2017 —

"In a more conventional narrative sequence,
even a sequence of poems,
this interpenetration would acquire
sequence and evolution." [Link added.]

The concept under review is that of the Holy Trinity.

See also, in this  journal, Cube Trinity.

For a simpler Trinity model, see the three-point line  

Monday, June 26, 2017

Upgrading to Six

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , , , , — m759 @ 9:00 PM

This post was suggested by the previous post — Four Dots —
and by the phrase "smallest perfect" in this journal.

Related material (click to enlarge) —

Detail —

From the work of Eddington cited in 1974 by von Franz —

See also Dirac and Geometry and Kummer in this journal.

Updates from the morning of June 27 —

Ron Shaw on Eddington's triads "associated in conjugate pairs" —

For more about hyperbolic  and isotropic  lines in PG(3,2),
see posts tagged Diamond Theorem Correlation.

For Shaw, in memoriam — See Contrapuntal Interweaving and The Fugue.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Presidential Address of November 19, 1976

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:14 PM

Deep Problems in the Faculty Lounge

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:14 AM

The Story of Six Continues

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 6:00 AM

A post of March 22, 2017, was titled "The Story of Six."

Related material from that date —

"I meant… a larger map." — Number Six in "The Prisoner"

Friday, May 19, 2017

From Algebra to Geometry

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 10:45 PM

Heptapod Fluency at Yale

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:34 PM

". . . riverrun, past Eve and Adam's . . . ."

Cover Girl

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:02 PM

See also the previous post.

In the Service of Narrative

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:40 PM

Quoted here on St. Stephen's Day, 2008

Wayne C. Booth’s lifelong
 study of the art of rhetoric
 illuminated the means
 by which authors seduce,
 cajole and lie to their readers
 in the service of narrative.”

— New York Times, Oct. 11, 2005

Booth was a native of American Fork, Utah.

Monday, May 15, 2017

For Penelope Reed Doob…

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:40 PM

who reportedly died on March 11 —

Posts now tagged Labyrinth for Penelope.

See also the previous post and this journal on the above date.

Friday, April 28, 2017

As In :: A Sin

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:09 PM

For the Church of Simultaneous Devices

Related art —

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A Tale Unfolded

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:00 AM

A sketch, adapted tonight from Girl Scouts of Palo Alto

From the April 14 noon post High Concept

From the April 14 3 AM post Hudson and Finite Geometry

IMAGE- Geometry of the Six-Set, Steven H. Cullinane, April 23, 2013

From the April 24 evening post The Trials of Device

Pentagon with pentagram    

Note that Hudson's 1905 "unfolding" of even and odd puts even on top of
the square array, but my own 2013 unfolding above puts even at its left.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

A Cinematographer Departs

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:04 AM

In memory of cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, who reportedly
died at 81 in Berlin on Tuesday evening, April 11, the first full day 
of Passover, 2017.

From a New York Times  description of his work —

"The sinuous shot, which shows people parting  
like the Red Sea. . . ." — Margalit Fox tonight

From Log24 on the reported date of Ballhaus's death:

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Partitioning the Crimson Abyss

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 6:00 PM

For the title, see Crimson + Abyss in this journal.

"Ready when you are, C. B."

Hexagram 63, "After Completion"

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Dem Bones

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:15 PM

A note at the end of an article on architecture historian
Christopher Gray in the current online New Yorker  —

This article appears in other versions
of the April 10, 2017, issue, with
the headline “Dem Bones.”

"Defeated, you will rise to your feet as is said of Dry Bones .
These bones will rise again." — Agnes Martin, 1973

Accounting for Taste —

Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty at the Oscars:

Ben Affleck, star of "The Accountant," at the Oscars:

See also Prisoner + Bones in this  journal.

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