Friday, April 17, 2020

A Mechanism of Fission

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 3:01 PM

The above title was suggested by the previous post, Explosive Remarks.

'On Froebel's Third Gift,' from 'Paradise of Childhood,' 1906

Explosive Remarks

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:15 PM

Here is the background to Wheeler’s explosive remarks.

John Archibald Wheeler, director of the Center
for Theoretical Physics at the University of Texas,
is one of the world’s top theoretical physicists.
In 1939 he and Niels Bohr published a paper on
‘The Mechanism of Nuclear Fission”
that laid the groundwork for atomic and hydrogen bombs.
Wheeler later played major roles in their development.”

For a rather different explosion of Wheeler’s views, see the previous post.

Introduction to Quantum Woo

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:07 AM

“In his big book, Gravity  [sic ], Wheeler puts our space
into what he calls superspace, and speculates on the
most basic physical laws which operate on superspace.
He comes to the (to me) surprising conclusion that the
rock-bottom laws are the laws of the propositional calculus!”

— Martin Gardner, letter to Donald E. Knuth, 8 January 1976,
on cover of Notices of the American Mathematical Society ,
March 2011 issue.

Fact check —

Related reading —

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Architect’s Elegy

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:31 PM

On Boston's Hancock Tower:

"I reflect that all art, all beauty, is reflection."

Fictional character by John Updike (July 1976)

The architect of the tower reportedly died Monday.

See as well "Reflections: Disturbing the Universe I"
by the late Freeman Dyson in The New Yorker
issue dated August 6, 1979.

A reflection I prefer:

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Same Staircase, Different Day

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 2:18 PM

Freeman Dyson on his staircase at Trinity College
(University of Cambridge) and on Ludwig Wittgenstein:

“I held him in the highest respect and was delighted
to find him living in a room above mine on the same
staircase. I frequently met him walking up or down
the stairs, but I was too shy to start a conversation.”

Frank Close on Ron Shaw:

“Shaw arrived there in 1949 and moved into room K9,
overlooking Jesus Lane. There is nothing particularly
special about this room other than the coincidence that
its previous occupant was Freeman Dyson.”

— Close, Frank. The Infinity Puzzle  (p. 78).
Basic Books. Kindle Edition.

See also other posts now tagged Trinity Staircase.

Illuminati enthusiasts  may enjoy the following image:

'Ex Fano Apollinis'- Fano plane, eightfold cube, and the two combined.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Potter’s Staircase

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

See as well "Up the Trinity Staircase" (yesterday afternoon)
and "British Pottery" (Log24 , December 22, 2018).

Friday, February 28, 2020

Up the Trinity Staircase

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 3:57 PM

Or:  The Newman Prize  Continues.

Freeman Dyson reportedly died today.  In memoriam ,
some remarks by Dyson from Hiroshima Day 1979 —

(Click to enlarge.)

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