she wears an iron vest

Photo on 11-9-15 at 9.15 AM

{1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7} (“barred” inside
the “big circles”… as they ought to
be throughout) are here identified with
in the usual way (“binary arithmetic”).

these objects — triples of zeros-and-ones —
can of be considered as (so-called) 3-vectors:

these can be pictured… exercise (or you could
look it up… warning: the earlier drawing
uses a different assignment of the colors)…
as the “nonzero” vertices of a cube.

by considering this set, together with (0,0,0),
one forms a (so-called) finite abelian group.
renaming objects (again), this group—call it (G,+)—
can conveniently be displayed as
G = {
the group’s operation, here called “+” (i’d’ve
“barred” this sign in handwritten work, probably), is
defined by “add E-for-even and O-for-odd in the usual
way, three times (once for each “column”)” (or “add
component-wise, mod two”).

thus (E,O,E) + (O,O,E) = (E,E,E), etc.

(G,+) now has the structure of a {\Bbb Z}_2^3
three copies of the “parity group” {\Bbb Z}_2.
this happens to be the simplest example of a 3-dimensional
vector space. the simplest projective plane,
S = (P, L), is then
(1) a set of seven Points
P = {(0,0,1),…,(1,1,1)}
(or P = {[1],[2],..,[7]}—
easier to type, but harder to
compute with), together with
(2) a set of seven Lines

one now places “colors” on the (nonzero)
“corners of the cube”— or, equivalently,
on the “points of S”— in such a way that
the “blends”, the “blurs”, and the “ideal”
all “line up”… which is to say, “occur
as triples-in-L”.

(“adding in” [0] = (0,0,0)
to each of the “lines” of S
one has

the (7) “planes through the origin”
in (Z_2)^3… the front, side, and bottom,
for example, and four others harder to
describe without the handwaving; the
“bottom”, for example has z=0 (in the
usual (x,y,z) interpretation of an
ordered-triple. each of these planes
is a subgroup of ( (Z_2)^3, +)
[or a (vector) subspace].
now back to the 2-D versions.)

our diagram today has
M-R-B-G-P-Y-O (in this order:
mud, red, blue, green,
purple, yellow, orange)
identified with

this ordering is one of the (168) ways
to cause the “lines of rainbow space”
(blends, blurs, and ideal) to coincide
with the algebraically-defined “lines
of S”.

each of the dots-and-sticks
(at each colored-circle
“point” of today’s selfie)
gives a *graphical* representation—
a “figure”, let’s say—
of a Line. so at lower-right, (the
Green point), we have [4]= (O,E,E),
associated to the set
{Mud, Yellow, Purple}—
one of the “blurs”—,
and also to
{[1],[3],[2]}… i.e., to
}; each triple {[A],[U],[X]}
(in any order) satisfies
[A]+[U]=[X], i.e., for
one has a+u=x, b+v=y, and c+w=z
(all “mod two” of course; recall
that we are “adding” Evens and Odds).

one now checks—over and over—
that the drawing at hand “satisfies
pro-planarity”. in terms of colors-and-figures,
this means that the blends-blurs-and-ideals
coincide with the 7 “shapes” of the figure.
in vectorspace terms, with the planes-
-through-0 (of (Z_2)^3). in the
“fano plane” (w’edia),
S=(P,L) of “abstract” Points and Lines,
with lines. so on.

the rest is commentary. for a while.
eventually you want to get to know more
about those 168 ways, for example.


  1. Owen Thomas1:43 AM


    ugh. TV-like format.
    and the text… what
    i read of it… is just
    like the graphics;
    no steak. geez.

    wanna talk math with yr kids? good!
    break out a deck of cards!
    show ’em everything you know.
    pretty soon they’ll start teaching you.
    (if you know how to listen…)

    Owen Thomas1:50 AM

    i’m probably better at reading
    the other guy’s poker-hand
    than you can imagine.

    i learned poker… and the names
    of the numbers themselves…
    from my engineering-school
    dropout dad. and, if it weren’t
    obvious, i was a math-major
    until they wouldn’t let me do
    it anymore. but all along the
    way, i never saw a better set
    of arithmetic-users than,
    whatever, a bunch of drunken

    “money” is the other great key.
    they’ll be baffled by “percents”
    even though they can tell you
    right down the the taxes and
    tips what a thing’ll cost.

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