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Monday, December 23, 2019

Obit

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 8:16 AM

See as well the previous post and Pacific Science Institute.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Triple Cross

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:57 PM

(Continued)

See also

This post was suggested by Log24 remarks on May 4, 2014,
the date of Garrett Lisi's Twitter post announcing the opening
of his Pacific Science Institute (see previous post).

The Public Life of Harry Albers

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:20 PM

Suggested by the previous post, "The Secret Life of Harry Albers" —

http://www.log24.com/log/pix18/180804-Harry_Albers-SDSU-500w.jpg

The fictional "Pacific Science Institute" in novels by Albers
seems to have appeared first in his Murder at Lake Tomahawk
(Dec. 14, 2000). Its name may or may not have influenced the
founder of the later non -fictional Pacific Science Institute

http://www.log24.com/log/pix18/180804-Lisi-PSI-open-May_4_2014.jpg

The Secret Life of Harry Albers

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 3:00 PM

A novel by Harry Albers featuring his fictional Pacific Science Institute:

http://www.log24.com/log/pix18/180804-PSI-fiction-Harry_Albers-Mar_29_2011-500w.jpg

See the real  Pacific Science Institute (PSI) in the previous post.

Synchronology check —

http://www.log24.com/log/pix18/180804-Diamond_Star-Mar_29_2011.jpg

Related literary remarks —

— Cloud Atlas , by David Mitchell (2004).

PSI

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:19 PM

Pacific Science Institute

Related material:

Two-Year College (May 14, 2014) and
Easter Eggs for Rosalind (July 7, 2018).

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Critical Invisibility

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

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…."

On "The Emperor's New Clothes" —

Andersen’s weavers, as one commentator points out, are merely insisting that “the value of their labor be recognized apart from its material embodiment.” The invisible cloth they weave may never manifest itself in material terms, but the description of its beauty (“as light as spiderwebs” and “exquisite”) turns it into one of the many wondrous objects found in Andersen’s fairy tales. It is that cloth that captivates us, making us do the imaginative work of seeing something beautiful even when it has no material reality. Deeply resonant with meaning and of rare aesthetic beauty—even if they never become real—the cloth and other wondrous objets d’art have attained a certain degree of critical invisibility.

—  Maria Tatar, The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen  (W. W. Norton & Company, 2007). Kindle Edition. 

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