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

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Feel free to reply with comments or kudos as you wish.

Questions?

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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.

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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

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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.

Non-practicing atheist

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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

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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.

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(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!

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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.