Monday, April 11, 2016

Social Network

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:48 PM

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

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 10:48 PM

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

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 6:00 PM

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

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:56 PM

"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:

Powered by WordPress