Monday, April 11, 2016

Social Network

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The new New Yorker  online this evening —

" 'If we look at the word "eulogy," it comes from
the ancient Greek word eulogia , and eulogia 
simply means "praise." ' The desire to be present
at one’s own funeral is nothing new. In an era of
near-constant mutual affirmation—pause here to
check the number of likes on your most recent selfie—
why let a little thing like death stand in the way? "

Like Decorations in a Cartoon Graveyard

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From Sunday evening's In Memoriam post —

The "from Princeton" remark in the previous post came  from
Princeton, but originated with a retired professor in Rochester,
NY, one Joseph Neisendorfer.

Another remark by Neisendorfer, from his weblog —

Those familiar with the chapter on Galois in the
Eric Temple Bell classic Men of Mathematics  
will know that the words quoted above by
Neisendorfer are definitely not  those of Albert Einstein.

Princeton Style

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The previous post contained a remark from Princeton
on the January 1, 2016, death of a mathematician.

"There's a certain Princeton style that focuses on
precision, centrality and simplicity."

See also

For a different sort of style, see Death on New Year's Day.

Gospel of the Nobodies

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"Principles before personalities" — AA saying


From an April 8 Princeton obituary of a mathematician —

" Moore embodied a 'Princeton style' that made him
a challenging and influential presence in the careers
of his students, said Joseph Neisendorfer, a professor
of mathematics at the University of Rochester who
received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton in
1972. Because of Moore's style, his students would
write theses that 'almost without exception' were
significant advances in mathematics, Neisendorfer said.

'There's a certain Princeton style that focuses on
precision, centrality and simplicity. He was a superb
mathematician and he exercised a lot of influence
by imparting his style to his students,' Neisendorfer said.
'He epitomized the Princeton style.' "


Gospel of the Nobodies 

Combinatorial Spider

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

“Chaos is order yet undeciphered.”

— The novel The Double , by José Saramago,
on which the film "Enemy" was based

Some background for the 2012 Douglas Glover
"Attack of the Copula Spiders" book
mentioned in Sunday's Synchronicity Check

  • "A vision of Toronto as Hell" — Douglas Glover in the
    March 25, 2011, post Combinatorial Delight
  • For Louise Bourgeois — a post from the date of Galois's death—


  • For Toronto — Scene from a film that premiered there
    on Sept. 8, 2013:

Sunday, April 10, 2016

In Memoriam

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A great cartoonist died on Friday.

Related religious art — Ogdoads and Miracle Cartoon.

Bodies for Crosses

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The saying of poet Mary Karr that
"there is a body  on the cross in my church,"
together with the crosses of the previous post
suggests a synchronicity check of the
date  discussed in that post —

“Be serious, because
The stone may have contempt
For too-familiar hands”

— Adrienne Rich in “The Diamond Cutters” (1955)

Blackboard Jungle , 1955 —

IMAGE- Richard Kiley in 'Blackboard Jungle,' with grids and broken records

Space crosses, simple and not-so-simple

Synchronicity Check

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The book quoted in the previous post, Attack of the Copula Spiders,
was reportedly published on March 27, 2012.

For the Church of Synchronology

The above icon may be viewed as a simplified version
of the image described in the April 8 post Space Cross.

Reality Check

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"But now, as a kind of reality check,
let’s look at James Joyce’s 'The Dead.' "

Attack of the Copula Spiders

And at day five  of April 2016 —

(Today is day ten .  See the previous post.)

Five’ll Getcha Ten*

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"Driving the car is Beat Personified Johnny Five. . . ."

What Does the Protagonist Want?  website

* See Getcha in this journal.

The Quick and the Dead

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I watched the 2015 film "Mojave" this morning. Some related remarks:

"Mojave" screenwriter William Monahan won an Oscar for "The Departed."

The opening of a book by another Hollywood author, now departed —

The Latecomers

"Nicholas Concert, a minister without particular portfolio
or flock, and once, long ago, a priest of the Roman faith,
awoke in a troubled dawn. It was the new day sensed
rather than perceptible to him in the interior blackness of
the detached truck camper. It was cold. He was tempted
to huddle in his sleeping bag awhile longer, until the sun
would rise out of the Mojave, climb the ridge and fill the
isolated desert valley. He had not slept well. His night had
been frantic with apparitions, sounds, fragments of dialogue. 

It had been a long night, a terrible night, one that Concert
had thought would never end or, at its worst, that it had ended
and he had died during its passing and this was his eternal hell,
to be transfixed in this night forever, kept from his tomorrow as
Moses, flawed, had been kept from his. …"

E. M. Nathanson

Saturday, April 9, 2016


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See also Local and Global.

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

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Expanding the Spielfeld (continued)

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"Mr. Conrad was relentless and rigorous in expanding
the parameters of the fields in which he worked."

The New York Times  today

See also Spielfeld in this  journal, as well as Conrad Moonshine.

Raiders of the Lost Crucible

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Vanity Fair illustrated —

Detail of illustration by Frederick Alfred Rhead of Vanity Fair,
page 96 in the John Bunyan classic Pilgrim's Progress 
(New York, The Century Co., 1912)

See also

Space Invocation

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Handbook of Combinatorics, 1995- 'Invoke your favorite characterization of AG(4,2)....'

   Consider the space AG(4,2) invoked . See last night's Space Cross.

Midnight in the Garden Continues

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Scene from a 1997 film by Clint Eastwood:

Related remarks by Wallace Stevens —

Friday, April 8, 2016

Prominent Modernist Foreground

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Click the above image for some context.

See also "accomplished in steps."

Space Cross

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For George Orwell

Illustration from a book on mathematics —

This illustrates the Galois space  AG(4,2).

For some related spaces, see a note from 1984.

"There is  such a thing as a space cross."
— Saying adapted from a young-adult novel

The Spacey Version

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"Arthur's favorite scripture was Romans  8."

— Legacy.com on a death of March 28, 2016

 Cf.  Karl Barth on Romans . 

Ogdoads by Curtis

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:25 PM

As was previously noted here, the construction of the Miracle Octad Generator
of R. T. Curtis in 1974 involved his "folding" the 1×8 octads constructed in 1967
by Turyn into 2×4 form.

This resulted in a way of picturing a well-known correspondence (Conwell, 1910)
between partitions of an 8-set and lines of the projective 3-space PG(3,2).

For some background related to the "ogdoads" of the previous post, see
A Seventh Seal (Sept. 15, 2014).

Ogdoads: A Space Odyssey

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"Like the Valentinian Ogdoad— a self-creating theogonic system
of eight Aeons in four begetting pairs— the projected eightfold work
had an esoteric, gnostic quality; much of Frye's formal interest lay in
the 'schematosis' and fearful symmetries of his own presentations." 

— From p. 61 of James C. Nohrnberg's "The Master of the Myth
of Literature: An Interpenetrative Ogdoad for Northrop Frye," 
Comparative Literature , Vol. 53 No. 1, pp. 58-82, Duke University
Press (quarterly, January 2001)

See also Two by Four  in this  journal.

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