Tuesday, March 1, 2016


Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

"Euclid's edifice loomed in my consciousness as a marvel among
sciences, unique in its clarity and unquestionable validity."
—Richard J. Trudeau in The Non-Euclidean Revolution  (1986)

On 'The Public Square,' from 'Edgar Allan Poe, Wallace Stevens, and the Poetics of American Privacy'

See also Edifice in this journal and last night's architectural post.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Edifice Complex

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

New! Improved!

"Euclid's edifice loomed in my consciousness 
as a marvel among sciences, unique in its
clarity and unquestionable validity." 
—Richard J. Trudeau in
   The Non-Euclidean Revolution  (First published in 1986)

Readers of this journal will be aware that Springer's new page
advertising Trudeau's book, pictured above, is a bait-and-switch
operation. In the chapter advertised, Trudeau promotes what he
calls "the Diamond Theory of Truth" as a setup for his real goal,
which he calls "the Story Theory of Truth."

For an earlier use of the phrase "Diamond Theory" in
connection with geometry, see a publication from 1977.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Edifice Complex

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

"Total grandeur of a total edifice,
Chosen by an inquisitor of structures
For himself. He stops upon this threshold,
As if the design of all his words takes form
And frame from thinking and is realized."

— Wallace Stevens, "To an Old Philosopher in Rome"

The following edifice may be lacking in grandeur,
and its properties as a configuration  were known long
before I stumbled across a description of it… still…

"What we do may be small, but it has
 a certain character of permanence…."
 — G.H. Hardy, A Mathematician's Apology

The Kummer 166 Configuration
as seen by Kantor in 1969— (pdf, 2.5 MB)

IMAGE-- 16_6 configuration from '2-Transitive Symmetric Designs,' by William M. Kantor (AMS Transactions, 1969)

For some background, see Configurations and Squares.

For some quite different geometry of the 4×4 square that  is
original with me, see a page with that title. (The geometry's
importance depends in part on its connection with the
Miracle Octad Generator (MOG) of R.T. Curtis. I of course
had nothing to do with the MOG's discovery, but I do  claim credit
for discovering some geometric properties of the 4×4 square
that constitutes two-thirds of the MOG as originally defined .)

Related material— The Schwartz Notes of June 1.

Monday, October 19, 2020

“Graffiti in the Library of Babel” Continues.

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:36 AM

Click on the Wiktionary image for the Babel story.
Click on the Springer.com link for related posts.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Meditation on St. Ursula’s Day

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:21 PM

Edifice Complex 

A Doll's House

Somebody Doesn't Like Sara Lee

Dialogue and Story Points —

Saturday, July 9, 2016

The Dark Tower

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:04 PM

For the Church of Synchronology, some Log24 posts from
the date of King's tweet, on a not-so-dark tower

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

A Hard Card

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:25 PM

From the April 2 obituary of a counterculture figure —

"Ms. Crystal was born Jacqueline Diamond
on Dec. 21, 1947, in Manhattan and grew up
in Mamaroneck, N.Y. Her father, Jack, owned
J. Diamond Furs. Her mother, the former Rita
Dunn, was a fur model who, after marrying,
stayed home to raise her children."

— William Grimes in The New York Times

"Jack o' Diamonds is a hard card to play."

From Log24 on the reported date of Ms. Crystal's death —

On 'The Public Square,' from 'Edgar Allan Poe, Wallace Stevens, and the Poetics of American Privacy'- 'A slash of angular blacks...'

Saturday, March 5, 2016

The Looming

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:14 PM

Material related to the title:

  • From the post Edifice (March 1, 2016) —

"Euclid's edifice loomed in my consciousness
as a marvel among sciences, unique in its clarity
and unquestionable validity."
—Richard J. Trudeau in 
   The Non-Euclidean Revolution  (1986)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Ockham’s Bubbles–

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 10:30 AM

Mathematics and Narrative, continued

"… a vision invisible, even ineffable, as ineffable as the Angels and the Universal Souls"

— Tom Wolfe, The Painted Word , 1975, quoted here on October 30th

"… our laughable abstractions, our wryly ironic po-mo angels dancing on the heads of so many mis-imagined quantum pins."

— Dan Conover on September 1st, 2011

"Recently I happened to be talking to a prominent California geologist, and she told me: 'When I first went into geology, we all thought that in science you create a solid layer of findings, through experiment and careful investigation, and then you add a second layer, like a second layer of bricks, all very carefully, and so on. Occasionally some adventurous scientist stacks the bricks up in towers, and these towers turn out to be insubstantial and they get torn down, and you proceed again with the careful layers. But we now realize that the very first layers aren't even resting on solid ground. They are balanced on bubbles, on concepts that are full of air, and those bubbles are being burst today, one after the other.'

I suddenly had a picture of the entire astonishing edifice collapsing and modern man plunging headlong back into the primordial ooze. He's floundering, sloshing about, gulping for air, frantically treading ooze, when he feels something huge and smooth swim beneath him and boost him up, like some almighty dolphin. He can't see it, but he's much impressed. He names it God."

— Tom Wolfe, "Sorry, but Your Soul Just Died," Forbes , 1996

"… Ockham's idea implies that we probably have the ability to do something now such that if we were to do it, then the past would have been different…"

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

"Today is February 28, 2008, and we are privileged to begin a conversation with Mr. Tom Wolfe."

— Interviewer for the National Association of Scholars

From that conversation—

Wolfe : "People in academia should start insisting on objective scholarship, insisting  on it, relentlessly, driving the point home, ramming it down the gullets of the politically correct, making noise! naming names! citing egregious examples! showing contempt to the brink of brutality!"

As for "mis-imagined quantum pins"…
journal on the date of the above interview— February 28, 2008


Illustration from a Perimeter Institute talk given on July 20, 2005

The date of Conover's "quantum pins" remark above (together with Ockham's remark above and the above image) suggests a story by  Conover, "The Last Epiphany," and four posts from September 1st, 2011—

BoundaryHow It WorksFor Thor's Day,  and The Galois Tesseract.

Those four posts may be viewed as either an exploration or a parody of the boundary between mathematics and narrative.

"There is  such a thing as a tesseract." —A Wrinkle in Time

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

CMT Awards Night

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

A meditation, while watching the Country Music Television
CMT Awards, on today's evening NY lottery number 469.

For Reese  Witherspoon* and Dionysus, not Apollo—

A Funny Thing Happened
on the Way to the Edifice


— Page 469 of Wallace Stevens's Collected Poems

See also page 469 of Gravity's Rainbow  (Penguin Classics 1995 paperback)


* Not the Witherspoon Church  of this evening's 6 PM entry.
Reese won Sunday's 2011 MTV Movie Awards' Generation Award .

Both the MTV Movie Awards and the CMT Awards are productions
of MTV Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. For some background,
see Sumner Redstone (formerly Rothstein).

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