Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Mass Communication

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

Suggested by the phrase "graphic resonance"
in last night's post

From Type and Image: The Language of Graphic Design,
by Philip B. Meggs, published by Wiley, 1992,
"Chapter Four: Graphic Resonance"–

"In Chapter One, graphic resonance  was defined as a term borrowed from music. It means a reverberation or echo, a subtle quality…. Graphic designers bring a resonance to visual communications through… color, shape, texture, and the interrelations between forms in space. Mass communication is given an aesthetic dimension…."

For instance…



Graphic design
from yesterday




Elaine Woo in today's LA Times  on the death yesterday of a famous teacher–

"Escalante's dramatic success raised public consciousness of what it took to be not just a good teacher but a great one. One of the most astute analyses of his classroom style came from the actor who shadowed him for days before portraying him in 'Stand and Deliver.'

'He's the most stylized man I've ever come across,' Olmos, who received an Oscar nomination for his performance, told the New York Times  in 1988. 'He had three basic personalities– teacher, father-friend and street-gang equal– and he would juggle them, shift in an instant. . . . He's one of the greatest calculated entertainers.'"

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Eightfold Symmetries

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , , — m759 @ 9:48 PM

Harvard Crimson headline today–
Deconstructing Design

Reconstructing Design

The phrase “eightfold way” in today’s
previous entry has a certain
graphic resonance…

For instance, an illustration from the
Wikipedia article “Noble Eightfold Path” —

Dharma Wheel from Wikipedia

Adapted detail–

Adapted Dharma Wheel detail

See also, from
St. Joseph’s Day

Weyl's 'Symmetry,' the triquetrum, and the eightfold cube

Harvard students who view Christian symbols
with fear and loathing may meditate
on the above as a representation of
the Gankyil rather than of the Trinity.

Lie Groups for Holy Week

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 1:01 PM

Great line reading in 'Angels and Demons'- 'The God PARTICLE?'

Deep Down Things: The Breathtaking Beauty of Particle Physics, by Bruce A. Schumm, Johns Hopkins University Press, hardcover, Oct. 20, 2004, pp. 94-95–

"In the early 1960s, a physicist at the California Institute of Technology by the name of Murray Gell-Mann interpreted the patterns observed in the emerging array of elementary particles as being due to a symmetry….

Gell-Mann's eightfold way was perhaps the first conscious application of the results of the pure mathematical field of group theory and, in particular, the theory of 'Lie groups,' to a problem in physics."

From the preface–

"I didn't come up with the title for this book. For that, I can thank the people at the Johns Hopkins University Press…. my only reservation about the title is that… it implies a degree of literacy to which I can't lay claim."


Remedial reading for those who might have fallen for Schumm's damned nonsense–

 "Quantum Mechanics and Group Theory I," by Dallas C. Kennedy

Group Theory and Physics, by Shlomo Sternberg

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