A mathematical love poem from Stanislaw Lem’s “The Cyberiad”

Love and Tensor Algebra
from “The Cyberiad” by Stanislaw Lem

Come, let us hasten to a higher plane
Where dyads tread the fairy fields of Venn,
Their indices bedecked from one to n
Commingled in an endless Markov chain!

Come, every frustrum longs to be a cone
And every vector dreams of matrices.
Hark to the gentle gradient of the breeze:
It whispers of a more ergodic zone.

In Riemann, Hilbert or in Banach space
Let superscripts and subscripts go their ways.
Our asymptotes no longer out of phase,
We shall encounter, counting, face to face.

I’ll grant thee random access to my heart,
Thou’lt tell me all the constants of thy love;
And so we two shall all love’s lemmas prove,
And in our bound partition never part.

For what did Cauchy know, or Christoffel,
Or Fourier, or any Bools or Euler,
Wielding their compasses, their pens and rulers,
Of thy supernal sinusoidal spell?

Cancel me not – for what then shall remain?
Abscissas some mantissas, modules, modes,
A root or two, a torus and a node:
The inverse of my verse, a null domain.

Ellipse of bliss, converge, O lips divine!
the product o four scalars is defines!
Cyberiad draws nigh, and the skew mind
Cuts capers like a happy haversine.

I see the eigenvalue in thine eye,
I hear the tender tensor in thy sigh.
Bernoulli would have been content to die,
Had he but known such a^2 cos 2 phi!

Phu Quoc ~ my rainy trip

I arrived Phu Quoc in a cloudy day, well, it is more than I expected, because rainy season has not been over yet. Although it is a business trip, I tried my best to enjoy the beach.

I have never been here in rainy season, but from rumors, I thought I would stay in my room for few days. Well, the truth was not bad like that. Small rains happened whole day and heavy rains came sometimes, but I still could ride the motorbike around Duong Dong town, to Ham Ninh Fishing Village and walked on the beach to enjoy (actually breath as much as I can) the fresh air!

It is highly recommended to bring a light jacket if you come to Phu Quoc in this season, help you to cover from small rains and speedy wind.

One of my favorite beach bar is Rory’s – their FB page. I really like their colorful lanterns, it looked sparkling and lightened up a corner of dark seaside in the evening. No surprise that most of people here were foreigners. Food and company were relaxed, easy-going and cheerful. I was lucky enough to be in the last night before the renovation from 29th August till 1st October.

Whole late afternoon of 3rd day was for visiting Ham Ninh Fishing Village, my most wanted place (Sorry, not the beach, as a foodie, nothing is better than a fishing village with fresh catch seafood! ). The road from Duong Dong town to Ham Ninh village was bad because it was not fully completed. I did go at 60km/h for few kms, then tried to avoid lots of rain water holes on unfinished road, then another good road, then a few holes. 12km road but I felt like it was up and down rhythm of a symphony. Luckily, I asked a native resident there, and found a new road, which crossed through airport, then back to Duong Dong town. I think this way is a bit longer in distance but saved time in traveling because of smooth and nice road, especially I did ride the motorbike in the evening. Safety and security of this island is really good (you can see people leave their motorbikes without locks everywhere), however, it was a bit scary when riding bike alone like that.

For the job: Phu Quoc is a developing area with lots of on-going tourism investment, especially a year before international Phu Quoc Airport became operational in December 2013, till now. Residents on this island also marked the historic moment of starting using electricity from the national grid after work on an undersea power cable line was complete in February. The completed detailed planning of new urban towns, which was carried out by Nikken Sekkei (Japan), was announced officially in June, is another important step for development of the island. I sincerely hope that this island will have rapid change in next few years.

Last but not least, my most disappointed thing in this trip: I heard from my friend that Phu Quoc was in unusual sunny in 3 weeks, then it started raining right before I came, and it stopped raining on the day I left! I sulk a lot, it is unfair for me (๑◕︵◕๑)

I assume that weather is trying to create another chance for me to visit this wonderful island in dry season, heh?!?

P.S: my food experience with Phu Quoc can be found here