An exciting math event occurred last week -- the opening of MoMath,
a Manhattan museum that makes math fun.
from Voyage around the Square Root of Minus One by Paul Hartal
. . . Mathematical equations are embedded
with mysterious forces
and their uncanny power transcends
the cognitive faculties of the human mind.
A case in point concerns
a highly effective but bizarre
mathematical concept, the imaginary number
of the square root of minus one,
marked with the humble symbol, "i".
This number is a precise mathematical idea,
and at the same time a poetic celebration
of absurdity, because it hails from
a genderless state of an outlandish kingdom.
"i" is neither positive nor negative.
It exists in spite of itself,
percolating through the faulty filters
of remote stars of another galaxy. . . .
Hartal is a Canadian writer and artist, born in Hungary. This poem is found in its entirety at Poem-Hunter.com.