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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Death Argument

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 6:00 PM

Suggested by Peter J. Cameron's weblog post today on Halmos,
by a July 18 post in this  journal on the Norwegian mathematician Abel,
by a link in the July 18 post to  "Death Proof," and by today's
midday New York Lottery (459 and 7404)—

From July 4, 2004 (7404 interpreted as a date)—

"There are two unfortunate connotations of 'proof' that come from mathe-
matics and make the word inappropriate in discussions of the security of cryp-
tographic systems. The first is the notion of 100% certainty. Most people not
working in a given specialty regard a 'theorem' that is 'proved' as something
that they should accept without question. The second connotation is of an intri-
cate, highly technical sequence of steps. From a psychological and sociological
point of view, a 'proof of a theorem' is an intimidating notion: it is something
that no one outside an elite of narrow specialists is likely to understand in detail
or raise doubts about. That is, a 'proof' is something that a non-specialist does
not expect to really have to read and think about.

The word 'argument,' which we prefer here, has very different connotations."

— "Another Look at 'Provable Security'," 
by Neal Koblitz and Alfred J. Menezes, July 4, 2004
(updated on July 16, 2004; October 25, 2004; March 31, 2005; and May 4, 2005)

As for 459, see Post  459 in this journal.

Related material: The Race, Crossing the Bridge, Aristophanic View, and Story Theory.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Voldemort

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:01 AM

Continuing yesterday's lottery meditation

The NY evening numbers yesterday were 244 and 2962.

The latter suggests Post  2962

IMAGE- A post on the meaning of 'Voldemort'

There is no Post  244 here, but a search within this journal for 244 yields

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11B/110718-Eggleston244.gif

    See also Halmos Tombstone and Death Proof.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Infinite Jest

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:00 PM

Two items from the August 5, 2005, anniversary
of the day Marilyn Monroe was found dead—

1.  New Chapter in the Mystery

2.  Literary Symbol —

IMAGE- Lemniscate

See also related material on Hollywood.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Infinite Jest

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 1:05 AM

"Democrats– in conclusion– Democrats in America
were put on earth to do one thing– Drag the
ignorant hillbilly half of this country into the next
century, which in their case is the 19th."

Bill Maher on March 26

Reply to Maher:

"Hell is other people."
— Jean-Paul Sartre

With a laugh track.

Related material:

Dragging Maher into the 18th  century–

From
N. H. Abel on Elliptic Functions:
Problems of Division and Reduction
,
by Henrik Kragh Sørensen —

Related material– Lemniscate to Langlands (2004)
and references to the lemniscate in
Galois Theory, by David A. Cox (Wiley-IEEE, 2004)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Wednesday August 5, 2009

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 11:30 AM

 

Word and Image

NYT obituary summaries for Charles Gwathmey and Edward Hall, morning of Aug. 5, 2009

From Hall's obituary
:

"Edward T. Hall, a cultural anthropologist
who pioneered the study of nonverbal
 communication and interactions between
members of different ethnic groups,
 died July 20 at his home in
 Santa Fe, N.M. He was 95."

NY Times piece quoted here on
 the date of Hall's death:
 

"July 20, 1969, was the moment NASA needed, more than anything else in this world, the Word. But that was something NASA's engineers had no specifications for. At this moment, that remains the only solution to recovering NASA's true destiny, which is, of course, to build that bridge to the stars."

— Tom Wolfe, author of The Right Stuff, an account of the Mercury Seven astronauts.

Commentary
The Word according to St. John:

Jill St. John, star of 'Diamonds are Forever'

 

From Hall's obituary:

"Mr. Hall first became interested in
space and time as forms of cultural
 expression while working on
Navajo and Hopi reservations
 in the 1930s."

Log24, July 29
:

Changing Woman:

"Kaleidoscope turning…

Juliette Binoche in 'Blue'  The 24 2x2 Cullinane Kaleidoscope animated images

Shifting pattern within   
unalterable structure…"
— Roger Zelazny,  
Eye of Cat  

"We are the key."
Eye of Cat  

Update of about 4:45 PM 8/5:

Paul Newall, "Kieślowski's Three Colours Trilogy"

"Julie recognises the music of the busker outside playing a recorder as that of her husband's. When she asks him where he heard it, he replies that he makes up all sorts of things. This is an instance of a theory of Kieślowski's that 'different people, in different places, are thinking the same thing but for different reasons.' With regard to music in particular, he held what might be characterised as a Platonic view according to which notes pre-exist and are picked out and assembled by people. That these can accord with one another is a sign of what connects people, or so he believed."

The above photo of Juliette Binoche in Blue accompanying the quotations from Zelazny illustrates Kieślowski's concept, with graphic designs instead of musical notes. Some of the same designs are discussed in Abstraction and the Holocaust (Mark Godfrey, Yale University Press, 2007). (See the Log24 entries of June 11, 2009.)

Related material:

"Jeffrey Overstreet, in his book Through a Screen Darkly, comments extensively on Blue. He says these stones 'are like strands of suspended crystalline tears, pieces of sharp-edged grief that Julie has not been able to express.'….

Throughout the film the color blue crops up, highlighting the mood of Julie's grief. A blue light occurs frequently, when Julie is caught by some fleeting memory. Accompanied by strains of an orchestral composition, possibly her husband's, these blue screen shots hold for several seconds while Julie is clearly processing something. The meaning of this blue light is unexplained. For Overstreet, it is the spirit of reunification of broken things."

Martin Baggs at Mosaic Movie Connect Group on Sunday, March 15, 2009. (Cf. Log24 on that date.)

For such a spirit, compare Binoche's blue mobile in Blue with Binoche's gathered shards in Bee Season.

Friday, August 5, 2005

Friday August 5, 2005

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 4:23 PM

For Sir Alec

From Elegance:

"Philosophers ponder the idea of identity: what it is to give something a name on Monday and have it respond to that name on Friday…."

— Bernard Holland, page C12,
    The New York Times,
    Monday, May 20, 1996.

Holland was pondering the identity of the Juilliard String Quartet, which had just given a series of concerts celebrating its fiftieth anniversary.

"Elegant"

— Page one,
    The New York Times,
    Monday, August 7, 2000.
 
The Times was describing the work of Sir Alec Guinness, who died on 8/5/00.

An example of the Holland name problem:

Monday, August 1, 2005 — Visible Mathematics:

    "Earlier, there had been mapping projects in Saudi Arabia's Rub' al-Khali, the Empty Quarter in the south and west of the country….
   '
"Empty" is a misnomer…  the Rub' al-Khali contains many hidden riches.'"

Friday, August 5, 2005 —  

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Related material:

Geometry for Prince Harry

Friday August 5, 2005

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 1:16 PM

Abel's Birthday

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Monday, August 5, 2002

Monday August 5, 2002

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 11:47 PM

   What is Truth?

    In honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Niels Henrik Abel, a partial answer:

Elliptic Curves and Modular Forms 

and the introductory work,

Elliptic Curves

Function Theory, Geometry, Arithmetic

by Henry McKean and Victor Moll

Monday August 5, 2002

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 12:12 AM

History, Stephen said….

The Modern Word

— To really know a subject you've got to learn a bit of its history….

John Baez, August 4, 2002

We both know what memories can bring;
They bring diamonds and rust.

—  Joan Baez, April 1975 

All sorts of structures that can be defined for finite sets have analogues for the projective geometry of finite fields….

Clearly this pattern is trying to tell us something; the question is what. As always, it pays to focus on the simplest case, since that's where everything starts.

John Baez, August 4, 2002

In the beginning was the word….

The Gospel according to Saint John

The anonymous author of John makes liberal use of allegory and double-entendre to illustrate this theme.

The Gospel of John

Born yesterday: Logician John Venn

Venn considered three discs R, S, and T as typical subsets of a set U. The intersections of these discs and their complements divide U into 8 nonoverlapping regions….

History of Mathematics at St. Andrews

Who would not be rapt by the thought of such marvels?….

Saint Bonaventure on the Trinity

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