*The New Yorker*I recently found and enjoyed a poem entitled "The Infinite" by Charles Simic. Here are its opening lines:

The infinite yawns and keeps yawning.

Is it sleepy?

Does it miss Pythagoras?

On page 53 of the February 6 issue of *The New Yorker *I recently found and enjoyed a poem entitled "The Infinite" by Charles Simic. Here are its opening lines:

The infinite yawns and keeps yawning.

Is it sleepy?

Does it miss Pythagoras?

The infinite yawns and keeps yawning.

Is it sleepy?

Does it miss Pythagoras?

Perhaps you need a love poem *for* a mathematician, or *about* a mathematician -- you might enter the words *love* and *mathematician* in the search box to the right and find what this blog has to offer. And here is a link to previous postings that celebrate Valentine's Day. Enjoy!!

Recently my poet-friend, Millicent Borges Accardi, sent me a copy of her latest book, *Only More So* (Salmon Poetry, 2016). She mentioned a poem entitled "The Night of Broken Glass" for its mathematics -- indeed it includes several numbers as it movingly describes attempts at normalcy amid the horrors of urban attack; and it ends with this stanza :

The essential business of living well

Continues in shock waves

That fall into the ground of innocent

People, triggered inside a soul

Of nothingness that pretended

To solve an impossible equation.

My favorite poem in Accardi's collection is "Amazing Grace" which I give you below. It is a poem that, like an intriguing piece of mathematics, I have read, and read again, and again . .. each time getting more meaning than the time before.

For me, one of the similarities of poetry and math is their density, the need for several readings -- for reading both aloud and silently, for reading with pencil and paper for note-taking, for reading in the library and at the kitchen table, sitting or standing.

The essential business of living well

Continues in shock waves

That fall into the ground of innocent

People, triggered inside a soul

Of nothingness that pretended

To solve an impossible equation.

My favorite poem in Accardi's collection is "Amazing Grace" which I give you below. It is a poem that, like an intriguing piece of mathematics, I have read, and read again, and again . .. each time getting more meaning than the time before.

For me, one of the similarities of poetry and math is their density, the need for several readings -- for reading both aloud and silently, for reading with pencil and paper for note-taking, for reading in the library and at the kitchen table, sitting or standing.

Last Sunday evening -- instead of watching Super Bowl LI -- in a crowded theater in downtown Silver Spring I watched the recently-released documentary "I Am Not Your Negro," narrated using words of writer James Baldwin (1924-1986). Baldwin was a contrarian, he avoided or contradicted labels and categories.

One of my favorite quotes -- that I see as intimately related to discovery in mathematics (from Hungarian-American Nobelist, Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (1893-1986)) -- applies also to Baldwin:

Discovery is seeing

what everybody else has seen, and thinking

what nobody else has thought.

And here, from*Jimmy's Blues & Other Poems* (Beacon Press, 2014) is Baldwin's little poem "Imagination" which captures the same sort of mind-play that occurs with mathematics.

One of my favorite quotes -- that I see as intimately related to discovery in mathematics (from Hungarian-American Nobelist, Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (1893-1986)) -- applies also to Baldwin:

Discovery is seeing

what everybody else has seen, and thinking

what nobody else has thought.

And here, from

In this morning's email I got a link (Thanks, Greg Coxson!) to this story that celebrates the talented mathematician and compassionate human being, Francis Su. Dr Su (of Harvey Mudd College) has recently completed a term as president of the Mathematical Association of America. Here is a link to Dr Su's retiring presidential address -- for which he received a standing ovation. Read. Learn. Admire. Celebrate. Imitate!

Scrolling down in this blog to my posting for January 11, 2017 will lead you to links to several**poems that celebrate mathematicians**. And a blog-SEARCH using "mathematician" will find even more such poems. Enjoy!

A thorough advocate in a just cause,

a penetrating mathematician facing the starry heavens,

both alike bear the semblance of divinity.

-- Goethe (1749-1832)

Scrolling down in this blog to my posting for January 11, 2017 will lead you to links to several

A thorough advocate in a just cause,

a penetrating mathematician facing the starry heavens,

both alike bear the semblance of divinity.

-- Goethe (1749-1832)

My scan of this morning's *Washington Post* did not find a mention of today's important status as Groundhog Day -- and I am worried that perhaps the new President 45 has banned these useful creatures. If you wish, you may search this blog for postings related to **Groundhog Day** and, if you do, you can get these results. Enjoy!

Here are the titles and dates of previous blog postings,

moving backward from the present.

Jan 31 Life is Short

Jan 29 Girls can do EVERYTHING!

Jan 26 Ultimately, all mathematics is poetry . . .

Jan 23 All Mathematicians are Equal!

Jan 19 Dickens, from A Tale of Two Cities

Jan 16 Celebrate Martin Luther King

Jan 11 Poems starring mathematicians

Jan 6 2017 is prime!

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