Bridges 2012 Workshop Paper
(Proceedings pages 627–628)
"Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas."
These words of Albert Einstein are often quoted and, indeed, it
seems that the ebbs and flows of understanding and emotion as we
struggle to create or understand the proof of a theorem are similar
to those that accompany creation and understanding of a poem. Today's
workshop will involve participants in exploratory activities that
may lead to poems: we will engage in word-play as we mold mathematical
ideas into limericks and geometric shapes; we will experiment with
the effects of juxtaposition as we build poems from lists of numerical
information or mathematical statements; we will develop collaborative
poems to which we each contribute a single line.