From "The Osterman Weekend" (1983) —
Counting symmetries of the R. T. Curtis Omega:
An Illustration from Shakespeare's birthday —
From "The Osterman Weekend" (1983) —
Counting symmetries of the R. T. Curtis Omega:
An Illustration from Shakespeare's birthday —
See that phrase in this journal.
See also last night's post.
The Greek letter Ω is customarily used to
denote a set that is acted upon by a group.
If the group is the affine group of 322,560
transformations of the fourdimensional
affine space over the twoelement Galois
field, the appropriate Ω is the 4×4 grid above.
“Am I still on?” — Ending line of The Osterman Weekend (1983)
The previous post displayed a set of
24 unitsquare "points" within a rectangular array.
These are the points of the
Miracle Octad Generator of R. T. Curtis.
The array was labeled Ω
because that is the usual designation for
a set acted upon by a group:
* The title is an allusion to Point Omega , a novel by
Don DeLillo published on Groundhog Day 2010.
See "Point Omega" in this journal.
See a post, The Omega Matrix, from the date of her death.
Related material:
"When Death tells a story, you really have to listen."
— Cover of The Book Thief
A scene from the film of the above book —
“Looking carefully at Golay’s code is like staring into the sun.”
Some context — "Mathematics, Magic, and Mystery" —
See posts tagged April Awareness 2014.
In memory of radio personality Steve Post,
a link to some remarks on the date of his death.
"We tell ourselves stories in order to live…. We interpret what we see, select the most workable of multiple choices. We live entirely, especially if we are writers, by the imposition of a narrative line upon disparate images, by the 'ideas' with which we have learned to freeze the shifting phantasmagoria which is our actual experience." 
See also a post from May 4, 2011 (the date, according to a Google
search, of untitled notes regarding a matrix called Omega).
Shown below is the matrix Omega from notes of Richard Evan Schwartz.
See also earlier versions (19761979) by Steven H. Cullinane.
Backstory: The Schwartz Notes (June 1, 2011), and Schwartz on
the American Mathematical Society's current home page:
From a news article featured on the American Mathematical Society
home page today —
A joint VietnamUSA mathematical meeting in Vietnam on
June 1013, 2019:
This journal on June 12, 2019:
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

See also the Twentieth of May, 2008 —
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 finitegeometry properties of the 4×4 square as
a finite affine 4space — properties that are of use in studying the Mathieu
group M_{24 }with the aid of the MOG.
“… 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"
(Continued from yesterday's Sunday School Lesson Plan for Peculiar Children)
Novelist George Eliot and programming pioneer Ada Lovelace —
For an image that suggests a resurrected multifaceted
(specifically, 759faceted) Osterman Omega (as in Sunday's afternoon
Log24 post), behold a photo from today's NY Times philosophy
column "The Stone" that was reproduced here in today's previous post —
For a New York Times view of George Eliot data, see a Log24 post
of September 20, 2016, on the diamond theorem as the Middlemarch
"key to all mythologies."
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.
"The Bitter End’s signature stage backdrop —
a bare 150yearold brick wall — helped distinguish it from
other popular bohemian hangouts like the Village Gate
and the Village Vanguard. It appeared on the cover of
Peter, Paul and Mary’s first album."
— The New York Times this evening on a Sunday death
“Looking carefully at Golay’s code is like staring into the sun.”
See also Schwartz in "The Omega Matrix," a post of 5 PM ET Sunday:
The authors Taormina and Wendland in the previous post
discussed some mathematics they apparently did not know was
related to a classic 1905 book by R. W. H. T. Hudson, Kummer's
Quartic Surface .
"This famous book is a prototype for the possibility
of explaining and exploring a manyfaceted topic of
research, without focussing on general definitions,
formal techniques, or even fancy machinery. In this
regard, the book still stands as a highly recommendable,
unparalleled introduction to Kummer surfaces, as a
permanent source of inspiration and, last but not least,
as an everlasting symbol of mathematical culture."
— Werner Kleinert, Mathematical Reviews ,
as quoted at Amazon.com
Some 4×4 diagrams from that book are highly relevant to the
discussion by Taormina and Wendland of the 4×4 squares within
the 1974 Miracle Octad Generator of R. T. Curtis that were later,
in 1987, described by Curtis as pictures of the vector 4space over
the twoelement Galois field GF(2).
Hudson did not think of his 4×4 diagrams as illustrating a vector space,
but he did use them to picture certain subsets of the 16 cells in each
diagram that he called Rosenhain and Göpel tetrads .
Some related work of my own (click images for related posts)—
Rosenhain tetrads as 20 of the 35 projective lines in PG(3,2)
Göpel tetrads as 15 of the 35 projective lines in PG(3,2)
Related terminology describing the Göpel tetrads above
Slowness is sometimes in the eye of the beholder.
See this journal on Slow Art Day 2015.
Related material: Epistemic States in this journal.
See the previous post, "Space," as well as…
SymOmega in this journal and a suggested motto
for The University of Western Australia.
Notes on space for day 13 of May, 2015 —
The 13 symmetry axes of the cube may be viewed as
the 13 points of the Galois projective space PG(2,3).
This space (a plane) may also be viewed as the nine points
of the Galois affine space AG(2,3) plus the four points on
an added "line at infinity."
Related poetic material:
The ninefold square and Apollo, as well as …
See Stevens + New Haven.
* The above figure may be viewed as
the Chinese "Holy Field" or as the
Chinese character for "Well"
inscribed in a square.
"William Zinsser, a writer, editor and teacher
whose book ‘On Writing Well’ sold more than
1.5 million copies by employing his own literary
craftsmanship to urge clarity, simplicity, brevity
and humanity, died on Tuesday [May 12, 2015]
at his home in Manhattan. He was 92."
— Douglas Martin in the online New York Times
From "Origins of the Logical Theory of Probability: von Kries, Wittgenstein, Waismann," by Michael Heidelberger — "Von Kries calls a range of objective possibilities of a hypothesis or event (under given laws) its Spielraum (literally: play space), which can mean ‘room to move’, ‘leeway’, ‘latitude of choice’, ‘degree of freedom’ or ‘free play’ and ‘clearance’ – or even ‘scope’. John Maynard Keynes translated it as ‘field’, but the term ‘range’ has generally been adopted in English. Von Kries now holds that if numerical probability were to make any sense at all it must be through this concept of the Spielraum . Von Kries’s theory is therefore called a ‘Spielraum theory’ or ‘range theory of probability’." — International Studies in the Philosophy of Science , Volume 15, Issue 2, 2001, pp. 177188 
See also the tag Points Omega.
(Scroll down to January 1112, 2015.)
Related material:
"Now, for example, in how far are
the six sides of a symmetric die
'equally possible' upon throwing?"
— From "The NaturalRange Conception
of Probability," by Dr. Jacob Rosenthal,
page 73 in Time, Chance, and
Reduction: Philosophical Aspects of
Statistical Mechanics , ed. by
Gerhard Ernst and Andreas Hüttemann,
Cambridge U. Press, 2010, pp. 7190
A professor at Harvard has written about
"the urge to seize and display something
real beyond artifice."
He reportedly died on January 3, 2015.
An image from this journal on that date:
Another Gitterkrieg image:
The 24set Ω of R. T. Curtis
Click on the images for related material.
From a recent Gitterkrieg post:
"The motive for metaphor, shrinking from
The weight of primary noon,
The A B C of being…." — Wallace Stevens
See also the cover of the February 2015
Notices of the American Mathematical Society .
"Omega is as real as we need it to be."
— Burt Lancaster in The Osterman Weekend
Wallace Stevens in "An Ordinary Evening in New Haven"
(1950) on "The Ruler of Reality" —
"Again, 'He has thought it out, he thinks it out,
As he has been and is and, with the Queen
Of Fact, lies at his ease beside the sea.'"
One such scene, from 1953 —
Another perspective, from "The Osterman Weekend" (1983) —
Illustration from a discussion of a symplectic structure
in a 4×4 array quoted here on January 17, 2014 —
See symplectic structure in this journal.
* The final words of Point Omega , a 2010 novel by Don DeLillo.
See also Omega Matrix in this journal.
“This is a divorce case that was before us on an earlier occasion.”
Wild:
From the director of The Wild Bunch —
Brady:
From The New York Times —
"There is such a thing as a tesseract." — Madeleine L'Engle
An approach via the Omega Matrix:
See, too, Rosenhain and Göpel as The Shadow Guests .
Dialogue from “The Osterman Weekend”—
01:57:22 “Why did he make us try to believe Omega existed?”
01:57:25 ….
01:57:26 “The existence of Omega has not been disproved.
01:57:28 Don’t you understand that?
01:57:31 Omega is as real as we need it to be.”
See also Omega elsewhere in this journal.
Update of 9:15 PM ET —
The Oslo Version and The Lyche Omega
Those who prefer more traditional art
may consult The Portal Project.
"Everything that has a beginning
has an end."
— The Matrix Revolutions
Matrix, by Knots, Inc., 1979.
"Easy to master — A lifetime to enjoy!"
The object for 2 players (8adult)
is to be the first to form a line
consisting of 4 different
colored chips.
Imagist Poem
(Recall the Gochip
in Wild Palms.)
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