Details of tomorrow’s QFI meeting:
Quizmasters – TK “the Baron” Balaji (aka TKB) & Raghuvansh
Date – 28th September, 2008
Venue – PS Senior Secondary School, # 33, Alarmelmangapuram,
Mylapore, Chennai 600004
Time – 10 AM
The question today is from Meera. Connect.
Answer: Visuals are Hamlet and Horatio in the Graveyard, Eugène Delacroix and a Sierpinski gasket.
The novel infinite jest by David Foster Wallace derives its name from a line in Hamlet, in which Hamlet refers to the skull of Yorick, the court jester: “Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is!”
The narrative of Infinite Jest is structured along the lines of a Sierpinski Gasket, a primitive kind of pyramidical fractal. It is constructed by taking a triangle, removing a triangle-shaped piece out of the middle, then doing the same for the remaining pieces, and so on. The result is an object of infinite boundary and zero area. A Sierpinski Gasket is self-similar; any smaller triangular portion is an exact replica of the whole gasket.
Cracked by Sankhya, Raghuvansh, Udupa and Zizzyphus.