Sunday, October 26, 2014


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

The "Chern" of today's previous post is mathematician
Shiing-Shen Chern (b. Oct. 26, 1911, d. Dec. 3, 2004).

For an observance of the 2011 centennial of his birth,
see a website in China.

See also this journal on the centennial date —
Erlanger and Galois, a post of Oct. 26, 2011.

For Chern’s Birthday

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:00 AM

The Poem of Pure Reality

Friday, June 10, 2011


Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 7:59 PM

Some background for yesterday’s posts:

Midrash for Gnostics and related notes,
as well as yesterday’s New York Lottery.

….    “We seek
The poem of pure reality, untouched
By trope or deviation, straight to the word,
Straight to the transfixing object, to the object
At the exactest point at which it is itself,
Transfixing by being purely what it is….”
— Wallace Stevens (1879-1955),
“An Ordinary Evening in New Haven” IX

“Reality is the beginning not the end,
Naked Alpha, not the hierophant Omega,
of dense investiture, with luminous vassals.”
— Wallace Stevens,
“An Ordinary Evening in New Haven” VI


“A hierophant is a person who brings religious congregants into the presence of that which is deemed holy . The word comes from Ancient Greece, where it was constructed from the combination of ta hiera , ‘the holy,’ and phainein , ‘to show.’ In Attica it was the title of the chief priest at the Eleusinian Mysteries. A hierophant is an interpreter of sacred mysteries and arcane principles.”

Weyl as Alpha, Chern as Omega—

(Click to enlarge.)


Postscript for Ellen Page, star of “Smart People
and of “X-Men: The Last Stand“— a different  page 679.

Your assignment, should you choose to accept it—

Interpret today’s  NY lottery numbers— Midday 815, Evening 888.

My own bias is toward 815 as 8/15 and 888 as a trinity,
but there may be less obvious and more interesting approaches.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Page 679

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 9:00 PM

Click to enlarge.


Good question. See also

Chern died on the evening of Friday, Dec. 3, 2004 (Chinese time).
From the morning of that day (also Chinese time)—
i.e. , the evening of the preceding day heresome poetry.

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