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Friday, December 25, 2020

Ghosts of Christmas Present

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:04 PM

Related material — Digital Theology  in a search for Dyson Bits.

Friday, December 30, 2016

ZZZ Accounting

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

Or:  Lost in Conversion

The main title is the name of Ben Affleck's firm in "The Accountant."
The subtitle was suggested by religious remarks in the previous post.

From "The Man Who Tried to Redeem the World with Logic" —

"The following June, 1945, von Neumann penned
what would become a historic document entitled
'First Draft of a Report on the EDVAC,' the first published
description of a stored-program binary computing machine—
the modern computer."

Image from von Neumann's report

Version converted to text —

See also "Turing + Dyson" in this journal . . . 

For a character  that "spans both worlds,"
see posts tagged "Oscar Day 2007."

Related image data —

" 'No views' is good." — Christian Wolff

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Clarifying Dyson

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

The previous post quoted a passage from Turing's Cathedral ,
a 2012 book by George Dyson —

A passage in 'Turing's Cathedral' that recalls the Go chip in 'Wild Palms'

It should be noted that Dyson's remarks on "two species of
bits," space, time, "structure and sequence" and logic gates
are from his own idiosyncratic attempt to create a philosophy
based on the workings of computers.  These concepts are not,
so far as I can tell, part of anyone else's approach to the subject.

For a more standard introduction to how computers work, see
(for instance) a book by an author Dyson admires:

The Pattern on the Stone , by W. Daniel Hillis (Basic Books, 1998).

PREFACE: MAGIC IN THE STONE

I etch a pattern of geometric shapes onto a stone.
To the uninitiated, the shapes look mysterious and
complex, but I know that when arranged correctly
they will give the stone a special power, enabling it
to respond to incantations in a language no human
being has ever spoken. I will ask the stone questions
in this language, and it will answer by showing me a
vision: a world created by my spell, a world imagined
within the pattern on the stone.

A few hundred years ago in my native New England,
an accurate description of my occupation would have
gotten me burned at the stake. Yet my work involves
no witchcraft; I design and program computers. The
stone is a wafer of silicon, and the incantations are
software. The patterns etched on the chip and the
programs that instruct the computer may look
complicated and mysterious, but they are generated
according to a few basic principles that are easily
explained. . . . .

Hillis's title suggests some remarks unrelated to computers —

See Philosopher + Stone in this journal.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Girard’s Transition

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:15 AM

"Eight is a gate." — Mnemonic rhyme

Girard reportedly died at 91 on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Time, Space, Code

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:59 PM

Some words and an image related to today's posts —

IMAGE- Excerpt from book 'Turing's Cathedral'

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Turing Gate

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

In memory of Christine Brooke-Rose,
an image from the date of her death

IMAGE- Excerpt from book 'Turing's Cathedral'

See also A Little Story and Before Dehors.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Digital Theology

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 7:20 AM

See also remarks on Digital Space and Digital Time in this journal.

Such remarks can, of course, easily verge on crackpot territory.

For some related  pure  mathematics, see Symmetry of Walsh Functions.

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