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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Four-Year* Date

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"Eigenvalues. Fixed points. Stable equilibria.
Mathematicians like things that stay put.
And if they can't stay put, the objects of study
should at least repeat themselves on a regular basis. . . ."

— Barry Cipra, "A Moveable Feast," SIAM News , Jan. 14, 2006

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Class of 64 continues…

Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:00 PM 

Mathematician Norbert Wiener reportedly
died on this date in 1964.

“Mathematics is too arduous and uninviting a field
to appeal to those to whom it does not give great rewards.
These rewards are of exactly the same character as
those of the artist. To see a difficult uncompromising material
take living shape and meaning is to be Pygmalion,
whether the material is stone or hard, stonelike logic."
. . . .

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Play Is Not Playing Around

Uncategorized — m759 @ 1:00 PM

(A saying of Friedrich Fröbel)


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Friday, March 18, 2016

Southwestern Noir

Uncategorized — m759 @ 2:56 PM 

Kyle Smith on April 15, 2015, in the New York Post —

"The ludicrous action thriller 'Beyond the Reach'
fails to achieve the Southwestern noir potency
of 'No Country for Old Men,' but there’s no denying
it brings to mind another Southwestern classic
about malicious pursuit: the Road Runner cartoons."
. . . .

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Back to the Past

Uncategorized — Tags:  — m759 @ 7:35 PM 

"Old men ought to be explorers" — T. S. Eliot

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* For a full  four years, see also March 18, 2013.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Class of 64 continues…

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

Mathematician Norbert Wiener reportedly died on this date in 1964.

"Mathematics is too arduous and uninviting a field to appeal to those to whom it does not give great rewards. These rewards are of exactly the same character as those of the artist. To see a difficult uncompromising material take living shape and meaning is to be Pygmalion, whether the material is stone or hard, stonelike logic. To see meaning and understanding come where there has been no meaning and no understanding is to share the work of a demiurge. No amount of technical correctness and no amount of labour can replace this creative moment, whether in the life of a mathematician or of a painter or musician. Bound up with it is a judgment of values, quite parallel to the judgment of values that belongs to the painter or the musician. Neither the artist nor the mathematician may be able to tell you what constitutes the difference between a significant piece of work and an inflated trifle; but if he is not able to recognise this in his own heart, he is no artist and no mathematician."

— Wiener, Ex-Prodigy

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