Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Struck by the Fusion

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:50 PM

"… I was struck by the fusion of drama and music.”

— Autobiographical recollection by a music critic who
reportedly died on Sunday at 83.

Related material — The previous post and

Social Climbing

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:13 PM

"When the queen came, they said she was wanton.
Or a witch, or a saint."

Ursula Whitcher,  "Alphabet of Signs"

Related images —

A Long Literary Tradition

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:38 PM

"There's a long literary tradition associating
certain kinds of geometry with horror."

— American Mathematical Society yesterday:

See also yesterday's Log24 post "Transylvania Revisited."

A related post —

Harvard Showbiz.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Transylvania Revisited

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:10 PM

The previous post suggests . . .

Jim Holt reviewing Edward Rothstein's Emblems of Mind: The Inner Life of Music and Mathematics  in The New Yorker  of June 5, 1995:

"The fugues of Bach, the symphonies of Haydn, the sonatas of Mozart: these were explorations of ideal form, unprofaned by extramusical associations. Such 'absolute music,' as it came to be called, had sloughed off its motley cultural trappings. It had got in touch with its essence. Which is why, as Walter Pater famously put it, 'all art constantly aspires towards the condition of music.'

The only art that can rival music for sheer etheriality is mathematics. A century or so after the advent of absolute music, mathematics also succeeded in detaching itself from the world. The decisive event was the invention of strange, non-Euclidean geometries, which put paid to the notion that the mathematician was exclusively, or even primarily, concerned with the scientific universe. 'Pure' mathematics came to be seen by those who practiced it as a free invention of the imagination, gloriously indifferent to practical affairs– a quest for beauty as well as truth." [Links added.]

A line for James McAvoy —

"Pardon me boy, is this the Transylvania Station?"

Bolyai 'worlds out of nothing' quote

See as well Worlds Out of Nothing ,  by Jeremy Gray.

Hijacking the Vatican

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:42 PM

Rothstein's 'Emblems of Mind,' 1995, cover illustrations by Pinturicchio from Vatican

Cover illustration— Arithmetic and Music,
Borgia Apartments, the Vatican.

See also Rothstein in this journal.

Related posts: The Eightfold Hijacking.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Defining a Space

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 8:57 PM

See also Nada Brahma  in this  journal.

Multiplicity on Michaelmas

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 5:54 AM

"We need a multiplicity of viewpoints."

— Philip Pullman in a New Yorker  interview
     published yesterday 

See as well Pullman's "Golden Compass"
in posts tagged

Nothing New.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

The Analyst

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 8:00 PM

"The analyst, by freeing himself from the 'enchainment to past and future',
casts off the arbitrary pattern and waits for new aesthetic form to emerge,
which will (it is hoped) transform the content of the analytic encounter."

— From Psychoanalytic Aesthetics: The British School ,
by Nicola GloverChapter 4  

Shana Tova .

Dominus Illuminatio (from the Oxford motto)

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:01 AM

Related literary remarks — Raiders of the Lost Birthday.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Raiders of the Lost Birthday

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 10:00 AM

Some images from the posts of last July 13
(Harrison Ford's birthday) may serve as funeral
ornaments for the late Prof. David Lavery.

IMAGE- Massimo Vignelli, his wife Lella, and cube

Magic cube and corresponding hexagram, or Star of David, with faces mapped to lines and edges mapped to points

See as well posts on "Silent Snow" and "Starlight Like Intuition."

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