June 25, 2010

crossing (poem by Florin Caragiu, English translation: Simona Sumanaru)

when everything crumbles and falls into the open eye
to feel loved all around
without needing any proof

without having to strip bark
off the trees
to cover up the hole in your chest

as if the only thing you do is to

love your close one just the way he is,
disregarding the cut in your body and soul
that was put to sleep

under a layer of forgiveness
like the new skin that grows
beneath an old burn

(poem published in the volume "catacombe. aici totul e viu" ("catacombs. everything is alive here"), Vinea Publishing House, Bucharest, 2008, p. 8. English translation: Simona Sumanaru)
Previously posted on Florin's English Corner.

June 20, 2010

Nu-nj ti-arãdi featã njicã (Aromanian wedding song)

A great song song that our papu Dumitru Caragiu used to sing (albeit slightly different, perhaps more alert):

YouTube link.
Another interpretation can be found here (this is more alert towards the end).

June 19, 2010

windows (poem by Florin Caragiu, English translation: Simona Şumănaru)

I needed a death to be able to see
the thirst of the half-buried body
on the dark side of the moon

the thread-wide bridge over the cheeks
swings the song like a morning sleep
with eye-sockets carved into the shins

the arms are open windows
towards the blue where saints willingly forget
their garments torn up in thousands of pieces
with which we will tie up the vineyards

the lips sewn by the angel are quivering
under the wax teardrop

(poem published in the volume "catacombe. aici totul e viu" ("catacombs. everything is alive here"), Vinea Publishing House, Bucharest, 2008, p. 6. English translation: Simona Şumănaru)
Previously posted on Florin's English Corner.

June 14, 2010

Maxwell's "A Student's Evening Hymn" (fragment)

"Teach me so Thy works to read
That my faith,—new strength accruing,—
May from world to world proceed,
Wisdom's fruitful search pursuing;
Till, thy truth my mind imbuing,
I proclaim the Eternal Creed,
Oft the glorious theme renewing
God our Lord is God indeed."

James Clerk Maxwell (13 June 1831 – 5 November 1879): A Student's Evening Hymn (April 25, 1853) - IX (source).

Mac Tutor biography and Wikipedia entry
Works by James Clerk Maxwell at the Internet Archive. Einstein viewed Maxwell's work as the "most profound and the most fruitful that physics has experienced since the time of Newton".
Maxwell Year 2006
James Clerk Maxwell: His Life and His Faith
James Clerk Maxwell and the Christian Proposition
More poems by James Clerk Maxwell

Rare clips of Husserl

June 11, 2010

Nicolai Vasilievich Bugaev (1837-1903)

Nicolai Vasilievich Bugaev (14 Sept 1837 - 11 June 1903) was one of the founders and leading members of the Moscow Mathematical Society (vice president from 1886,  president from 1891). He earned his doctoral degree in 1866 under Weierstrass and Kummer (see Bugaev's MGP entry). Dmitri Egorov earned his doctoral degree under Bugaev, in 1901. Pavel Florenskii studied mathematics with Bugaev at Moscow University (he entered the university in 1899). Bugaev played a central role in the creation and development of the Moscow school of functions of a real variable [1]. He considered mathematics to be grounded in the theory of functions, built a theory of discontinuous functions ("arithmology") and developed a system of analogies between functions appearing in elementary number theory and functions appearing in analysis.On a philosophical level, notable is Bugaev's move from  positivism to a personalistic metaphysics [2].


[1] Demidov, S. - N. V. Bougaiev et la création de l'école de Moscou de la théorie des fonctions d'une variable réelle, Boethius Texte Abh. Gesch. Exakt. Wissensch., XII, Steiner, Wiesbaden, 1985.
[2] Shaposhnikov, V. A. - The philosophical views of N. V. Bugaev and Russian culture from the end of the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century, Istor.-Mat. Issled. (2) No. 7(42) (2002), 62-91, 366-367.
[3] Wikipedia entries for Nikolai Bugaev - in Russian and in English.

June 10, 2010

American musical treasures: Bill Monroe's "Uncle Pen"

From my grab bag of American musical treasures: Bill Monroe's "Uncle Pen". The song is about James Pendleton Vandiver (1869–1932), Bill Monroe's uncle. Monroe considered Vandiver as "the fellow that I learned how to play from". Click here for pictures of Pendleton Vandiver's gravestone in Rosine, Kentucky.
Late in the evenin' about sundown / High on the hill and above the town / Uncle Pen played the fiddle / Lord, how it would ring / You could hear it talk / You could hear it sing...

quadratic texture

To the memory of Harold Davenport (30 Oct 1907 - 9 June 1969). Pictured: quadratic residues and non-residues in a field with 6241 elements.