From Nanavira Thera, "Early Letters," in *Seeking the Path —*

**" nine possibilities arising quite naturally" —**

Compare and contrast with Hudson's parametrization of the

4×4 square by means of 0 and the 15 2-subsets of a 6-set —

From Nanavira Thera, "Early Letters," in *Seeking the Path —*

**" nine possibilities arising quite naturally" —**

Compare and contrast with Hudson's parametrization of the

4×4 square by means of 0 and the 15 2-subsets of a 6-set —

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A Buddhist view —

“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 Christian view —

A formal view —

From a Log24 search for High Concept:

See also Galois Tesseract.

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"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.

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"For use of the Kummer surface in Buddhist metaphysics . . ."

is a phrase from a search in this journal for Nanavira.

See as well Buddhism in the previous post.

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Related material — Posts tagged Dirac and Geometry.

For an example of what Eddington calls "an open mind,"

see the 1958 letters of Nanavira Thera.

(Among the "Early Letters" in *Seeking the Path* ).

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**Robin Williams and the Stages of Grief**

A weblog post from Jan. 25, 2014 (click image to enlarge)—

**Clues for a Mystery **(Click links for more details)—

**Clue 1: ** A June 11,* 2014, math death.

**Clue 2: ** The answer is a surname.

**Midrash for Will Hunting:**

See Nanavira Thera at Wikipedia and space notes from September 2012.

* According to a (perhaps inaccurate) math department.

June 10, according to other sources cited by the department.

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Denote the *d*-dimensional hypercube by **γ _{d}** .

"… after coloring the sixty-four vertices of **γ _{6}**

alternately red and blue, we can say that

the sixteen pairs of opposite red vertices represent

the sixteen nodes of Kummer's surface, while

the sixteen pairs of opposite blue vertices

represent the sixteen tropes."

— From "**Kummer's** **16 _{6 }**," section 12 of Coxeter's 1950

"Self-dual Configurations and Regular Graphs"

Just as the 4×4 square represents the 4-dimensional

hypercube **γ _{4 }**over the two-element Galois field GF(2),

so the 4x4x4 cube represents the 6-dimensional

hypercube

For religious interpretations, see

Nanavira Thera (Indian) and

*I Ching * geometry (Chinese).

See also two professors in *The* *New York Times*

discussing images of the sacred in an op-ed piece

dated Sept. 26 (Yom Kippur).

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**In Like Flynn**

From the *Wall Street Journal* site Friday evening—

ESSAY September 21, 2012, 9:10 p.m. ET Americans' IQ scores have risen steadily over the past century. |

No, thank you. I prefer the ninth configuration as is—

Why? See Josefine Lyche's art installation "Grids, you say?"

Her reference there to "High White Noon" is perhaps

related to the use of that phrase in this journal.

The phrase is from a 2010 novel by Don DeLillo.

See "Point Omega," as well as Lyche's "Omega Point,"

in this journal.

The *Wall Street Journal* author above, James R. Flynn (born in 1934),

"is famous for his discovery of the Flynn effect, the continued

year-after-year increase of IQ scores in all parts of the world."

—Wikipedia

His son Eugene Victor Flynn is a mathematician, co-author

of the following chapter on the Kummer surface—

For use of the Kummer surface in Buddhist metaphysics, see last night's

post "Occupy Space (continued)" and the letters of Nanavira Thera from the

late 1950s at nanavira.blogspot.com.

These letters, together with Lyche's use of the phrase "high white noon,"

suggest a further quotation—

*You know that it would be untrue
You know that I would be a liar
If I was to say to you
Girl, we couldn't get much higher*

See also the Kummer surface at the web page Configurations and Squares.

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"The word 'space' has, as you suggest, a large number of different meanings."

— Nanavira Thera in [Early Letters. 136] 10.xii.1958

From that same letter (links added to relevant Wikipedia articles)—

Space (ākāsa) is undoubtedly used in the Suttas
Your second letter seems to suggest that the space |

A simpler metaphysical system along the same lines—

The theory, he had explained, was that the persona
— |

"I am glad you have discovered that the situation is comical:

ever since studying Kummer I have been, with some difficulty,

refraining from making that remark."

— Nanavira Thera, [Early Letters, 131] 17.vii.1958

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