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Alan Hom, 1924-1951

Posted in Borges by Mike Stay on 2012 May 22

The Hom set was named for the Chinese-American mathematician Alan Hom, who worked with MacLane and Eilenberg and did pioneering work on profunctors.  Hom was killed in the Korean war.

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  1. Douglas Summers-Stay said, on 2012 May 22 at 2:29 pm

    Have you been reading REAMDE?

    • Mike Stay said, on 2012 May 22 at 2:44 pm

      No. Is it any good? I couldn’t make it more than ten pages into Anathem.

  2. Douglas Summers-Stay said, on 2012 May 22 at 4:32 pm

    I’m not sure whether it was actually in that book, but I remember a conversation where they were talking about where units got their names from, Gram, and Candela, and Centigrade, or something like that.
    I liked the book, especially the parts about the video game. But 90 percent of the book is a terrorist/mafia thriller. Not that I have anything against that, I just usually prefer science fiction.

  3. Douglas Summers-Stay said, on 2012 May 22 at 4:39 pm

    Maybe you will think this is funny. I liked fountainheader.h.

    http://fdiv.net/2012/04/01/objectivist-c

  4. Kevin said, on 2012 November 12 at 1:21 pm

    ???? WHAT ????

    • Mike Stay said, on 2012 November 12 at 1:40 pm

      You should be more thorough: ???? WHERE ???? WHEN ???? WHY ???? HOW ????

      • Kevin said, on 2012 November 12 at 1:41 pm

        But seriously, your post is a joke, right? I don’t get it…

      • Mike Stay said, on 2012 November 12 at 1:46 pm

        Yes, hom really stands for homomorphism. The ensuing discussion about REAMDE is because of a similar joke made there about guys named Gram and Candela, though I was unaware of it. By the way, every post on my site labeled “Borges” is fiction.

      • Kevin said, on 2012 November 12 at 1:47 pm

        Ok. I still don’t get your post though. Is it supposed to be funny?

      • Mike Stay said, on 2012 November 12 at 1:49 pm

        It’s more like a pun; you’re supposed to groan.

      • Kevin said, on 2012 November 12 at 1:49 pm

        ok, nevermind, I guess I understand now that it’s supposed to be a Borges-like alternate universe kind of thing.


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