LPiA-22 Nov. 24
Let's Pretend it's April - Nov. 24

Rules: Write a poem for LPiA on the topic or form described. Each poem should appear as a separate reply to this thread. The goal is to, at the end of the month have written 30 poems for the month of November. 

Topic : Write a poem inspired by mathematics.
Form : Any
Line requirements: 8 or more 
Feel free to reply with comments or kudos as you wish. 

Mathematical Ambiguity

The square root of a negative
is an impossibility, for 
the square of any number
is positive. The solution to
use the imagination seems logical,
but one might falsly conclude
that the product of two
wrongs makes it right.
Babylon's Theorems

Velocity of a saint = acceleration of sanctity (elapsed) / distance of sin (recovered)

Thermodynamic reduction of desire = (velocity of a saint) X (REM of a devils disciple)

Revelation = mystery (a serpent dreaming) / disorders of an immune system

Hypotheosis =  The dismal reduction of mystery (1) by the absence of faith (2) will result in a relentless caterwaul (3)

Apotheosis = The dynamic integration of revelation (4) by the mediating presence of war, famine and pestilence results in a temporary luminescence (5)

(1)  Charlemagne's uncertainty principle
(2)  Alliterative sancitity
(3)  A cakewalk on a sea of fire
(4)  In Byzantium, only the Emperor was allowed to wear purple bushkins
(5)  Baby Jesus in a runaway carriage
A Glimpse of Integral

Read in an article
on education that
schools should be teaching
statistics as final-term
subject to high schoolers
rather than calculus
since they’ll need insight
into statistical
lying each day
but integrals never
in normal life.

Perhaps.  But it seems
that a small dose of calculus
might be of value to
show what is possible
with higher math.
feedback award Non-practicing atheist
People don't stay long
in my line of work.
Usually young kids
getting through college.
You can call it toxic,
most of these kids don't care.
They'll be sick every day.
I tell them, look, I love
homework, just come in,
I'll help you through it.
I actually DO use algebra 
in my regular life.
Peanut butter honey banana sandwiches
Have you ever tried
to add Roman numerals?
An empire that ruled the world
seemed to have no need 
for one of the most useful concepts
in the history of mathematics:
the invention of zero.
(11-25-2022, 08:17 AM)Mark A Becker Wrote:  Have you ever tried
to add Roman numerals?
An empire that ruled the world
seemed to have no need 
for one of the most useful concepts
in the history of mathematics:
the invention of zero.

True of zero.  But the Romans used something like (or a form of) the abacus for speedy calculations - the kind they used actually follows (or derives from) the way Roman numerals work, so they could easily read the numbers without even thinking of the quantities they represented, enter them on their abacus, then (laboriously) write out the result.  I believe the money-changers' "tables" Jesus overthrew were carved with such abacus patterns for quick calculation... which would have looked like magic, or just cheating, to their customers.

It's a good poem, and speaking for myself, I don't know how to use an abacus (of the modern, Oriental type) either.  But apparently the Romans did get along without the goose egg.  How that must have affected their philosophy and religion!
feedback award Non-practicing atheist
Group Theory

Evariste Galois
did plenty by twenty,
his Group Theory
proving that the quintic
was insoluble, like oil in water.
Meanwhile, the Atlantic -
in an island therein -
the precocious daughter
of dear Lord Byron
was learning her times tables
dearer than Aesop's fables,
in time to help deliver
an analytical engine
that has in our time
loos'd our world from the savage
grip of boomer subculture,
freed us from the vultures -
log table, slide rule,
and the unwatchable films
of Peter O'Toole.

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