Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Math-women -- snowballing . . .

These syllable-snowball poems (increasing by one syllable from line to line)
note a few of the (living) math-women I admire.  
They are modest offerings --
not great poetry nor fully recognizing many accomplishments--  
but I want to start a ball rolling: 
look around you and notice the amazing math-women. 

She
teaches 

math, also
cryptography
at UC-Irvine.
Alice Silverberg likes
both code-breaking and country
dances.  She was an advisor
to NUMB3RS when it showed on TV.
 

peers into
 cryptography --
secret codes and stuff
like that -- this talented,
amazing person also
has led the Association
Brown University she hangs her hat.
 
She’s
mathematics
professor many
years at Moravian,
edited Math Magazine,
helped us to see the depth of math
in the art by Maurits Escher.
 
Math
used by
artists is
important to
Prof Annalisa 
Crannell -- who also helps
her students learn to write well.
Dynamic systems are among
her passions; in bargain hunting and
in doing-much-more-with-less she excels!

She’s
Martha
Siegel, she
taught at Towson,
her interests focus
on probability—
on birth and death processes—
she wrote books, served as editor
of the Mathematics Magazine.

      Here is a link to an important article by Judy Green, "How Many Women Mathematicians Can You Name?"  Green, now an emeritus professor at Marymount University, opens her article (first published in Math Horizons in 2001) with the admission that until her last undergraduate semester the only female mathematican she could name is Emmy NoetherGreen's article, and a book she has co-written (with Jeanne LaDuke) and its companion website, help to remedy such situations for others.  There are many important math women to know!

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