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Mathematical Poets

May 7, 2018
By dy/dx GOLD, Edina, Minnesota
dy/dx GOLD, Edina, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
"So what’s calculus? In a sentence: If it moves at a varying speed, if it has a curvy shape, if it has a maximum that you’d like to find, or if it involves adding up an infinite number of terms, then you’re probably looking at calculus." - Stanley F. Schmidt, Ph. D.

They are bilingual,
fluent in a paradoxical
intersection of a line and a cloud.
Each language has a distinct cadence,
a unique inflection.
They can jump over the discontinuity,
the differential between
derivative and derivative,
integral and integral.
They put the rhythm in "logarithm"
and could remove the "can't" from "secant"
if words were defined
at the point of intersection.

The author's comments:

This poem was inspired by Rita Dove's poem "Geometry". It highlights the poetic nature of math words through a play on denotation and words within words, as well as communicating the impossibility of explicitly describing the hidden poetry in math through the concept of an undefined limit.


Citation of inspiration:

Dove, Rita. "Geometry." Mathematical Poetry - A Small Anthology, Katherine Stange.

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