Wednesday, August 10, 2005

A Neighbourhood of Infinity

A neighbourhood of infinity is a subset of the Riemann sphere that contains an open set containing the point at infinity. But it's also a song by The Fall, from their album Perverted by Language, that I was listening to long before I did my first course on Riemann surfaces. Try as I might I can't find any mathematical references in the lyrics and as far as I know no other songs by The Fall have mathematical references in their titles.

1 comment:

Craig said...

I am forever plagued by certain mathematical phrases triggering off songs in my head.

Notably, any mention of homotopies being "lifted," brings on The Lighthouse Family's terrible song, Lifted. Fibrations/Cofibrations spark off Good Vibrations, and the list goes on...

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