Ryszard Paweł Kostecki

Assistant Professor at:
International Centre for Theory of Quantum Technologies
University of Gdańsk
Gdańsk, Poland

email: ryszard.kostecki % fuw.edu.pl

  Scientific CV (25.07.2023)
  Main research interests

in physics:
  • Quantum information theory
  • QFTs and nonequilibrium quantum stat. mech.
  • Space-time emergence
  • Multi-agent information relativity
in mathematics:
  • Quantum information geometry
  • Operator algebras and functional analysis
  • 1/n/∞-category/topos theory
  • Foundations of smoothness and integration
in philosophy (out of office):
  • Structural epistemology and inference
  • Intersubjectivity and semiotics
  • Cross-cultural anthropology
  • Yoga
  Publications, preprints, drafts

  recent work:   early papers:   drafts:   old work:   theses:   supervised master theses:   notes from the underground quantum fight club:   inutile academic arithmetics:   semiotic papers:
  Selected scientific talks and posters
  Some other public talks
 originally created courses:  graduate teaching (in Polish):
  Some scientific things in Polish

  publications:   introductory scientific texts (2000–2008):   reports on experiments in physical laboratories (2000–2003):   council of PhD students (2006–2010): kilka archiwalnych dokumentów z czasów mojego uczestnictwa w Radzie Doktorantów Wydziału Fizyki UW:
  Photographic meditations


  Graphics & sketches


The majority of these graphics is made from photos, subjected to post-processing via various transformations. The main intention of processing is to uncover some ‘deeper’ content (both semantic and structural) of the graphics, when the rudimentary ‘realistic’ content of the photo ceases completely or sufficiently strongly, so that the pulsation of the noise (always raising from the original photo) becomes a semiotically potent factor itself, corresponding to ‘dynamical’ aspects of perception that form a part of alive experience of the viewing process, but are lost in the ‘static representation’. This noise becomes, in turn, a substrate for painting on a digital canvas, with tonality, colours, and shape patterns expressing various ‘transitionary’ aesthetic experiences and mental states. (One of the original, and thus rare, effects, used especially in the «Abstractions» and «Wilder Wein» cycles, is based on processing a binary .jpg file with an initial photo through a converter of Polish 8-bit ASCII codepages.) With time I have started to put more and more emphasis on using complete crops of photos as globally defined layers (or, eventually, distinct parts) of the image, so that the local structures of the resulting graphics would have in principle larger inter-local cohesiveness. In «Spiritual transformations» cycle this constraint has helped to increase the integrity of formal substance and semiotic essence (reflections of light, literally and figuratively, from experiential μsamādhis). The short collection of the covers of «Imaginary albums» has more humoresque character, yet check out the (literal and metaphorical) layers of «The Lwów Volta».

  Texts & zines

  translations: The intention behind the translation style used here is to maximise the transmission of the original polyvalence of semiotic interconnections between particular wordings (i.e. their semiotic loci), constrained by the limitations of translator etc., at the expense of suboptimal translation of the structure of rhythms and rhymes. This expresses the intuition that the latter reflect foremostly the structural properties of a particular language (thus, a large-scale global feature, providing a data type that is common to many users), while the specific choices of the semiotic interconnections represents more the individual soundscape of an author (so the rhythms and rhymes characteristic to his individual data type are represented primarily in the relationships between meanings).

  booklets of poems, songs, etc.:
  aberrations 3 (texts in English):
  aberrations 5/2 (texts neither exclusively in English nor exclusively in Polish):
  aberrations 2 (texts in Polish):
  gdzieś na grani (poems in Polish(+ε)):
  aberrations (texts in Polish):
  zines (in Polish):

  CDs (booklets) & photos:
  Programs (in Polish, except YAFG & PXM.h)
 programy związane z życiem w IX LO (Hoffmanowej) w latach 1996–2000:  klasy w C++ stworzone we współpracy z Konradem Grochowskim:
  Scientifically enriched social groupoids and their web-functors          

 ongoing:  past:
  Scientific conferences, workshops & schools

  scientifically co-organised:   locally co-organised:
  Lost library shelf    (scans of some generally unavailable* works by other authors)

«Я мысленно вхожу в ваш кабинет,
Здесь те, кто был, и те, кого уж нет,
Но чья для нас не умерла химера.
И бьётся сердце, взятое в их плен.»
― Максимилиан А. Волошин (1913)

«Взорвано, уложено, сколото
Чёрное надёжное золото.»
― Владимир С. Высоцкий (1970)

Many thanks to: Kobiljon K. Abdurasulov, Piotr Achinger, Francesco Buscemi, Lin-Qing Chen, Dorota Czarnocka-Cieciura, Anna Czader, John DeBrota, Tobias Fritz, Jeremy Gibbons, Paolo Gibilisco, Dmitriĭ Sh. Gol'dshteĭn, Nikolaĭ A. Gromov, Carlos Guedes, Nicolas Hadjisavvas, Tetiana Yurovych, Grzegorz Kapustka, Marcin Kotowski, Mikhail Krešchuk, Aleksander Kubica, Pekka Lahti, Laurent Mazliak, Mustafa A. Muratov, Hiroshi Nagaoka, Yuriĭ E. Nesterov, Monica Pap, Albrecht Pietsch, Lech W. Piotrowski, Angelina O. Romanyuk, Isaak V. Shragin, Don Solmon, Piotr Sołtan, Karlheinz Spallek, Fëdor A. Sukochev, Łucja Terejko, Alekseĭ Vervol'd, Shuyi Zhang, László Zsidó, and the unnamed librarian at the Fundamental Scientific Library of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia for their help in obtaining some of those works.

* I.e. unavailable online, even when taking into account a quite wide range of access beyond paywalls (including Library genesis and sci-hub), at least at the moment of time when I have searched for them.

After hours:

  Major Objects (1991–2023)

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