Friday, December 22, 2006


I have been tagged by Robert with the instructions to

1. Grab the book closest to you.
2. Open to page 123, go down to the fifth sentence.
3. Post the text of next 3 sentences on your blog.
4. Name of the book and the author.
5. Tag three people.

The book closest to me at this moment is my address book, which has neither numbered pages nor sentences. So let's skip to the next-nearest one. That would be a notebook, which also doesn't have numbered pages. So let's skip to the next-next-nearest one. That one has numbered pages. Here it goes:

Sie fühlt, daß ich ganz sicher ein Genie,
Vielleicht wohl gar der Teufel bin.
Nun heute Nacht -- ?
FAUST. Was geht dich's an?
MEPHIST. Hab' ich doch meine Freude dran.

or, in translation for those who don't read German:

She feels that I am certainly a genius,
maybe even the Devil.
Now, tonight -- ?
FAUST. What do you care?
MEPHIST. I find pleasure in it.

The book is Goethe, Faust (Gesamtausgabe).

As to tagging three people, I must admit to not liking the idea of exponentially growing chain-letter type meme things. So I will go all Time Magazine on you, and nominate you, you and you as the next tag-bearers.

1 comment:

Matt said...

From Max Planck's Treatise on Thermodynamics (Dover, 1945):

We shall take T and p as independent variables, since heats of reaction are usually determined under the external conditions of temperature and pressure constant. The change in Gibbs' heat function (§100)
H = U + pV
gives the heat of reaction of a physical chemical process. H is uniquely determined from the characteristic function ψ.

By equation (79b),
H = T^2(∂ψ/∂T).