**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.

Dear JoAnne Growney,

ReplyDeleteThank you for posting stanzas from my poem.

Agreeing to disagree can bring forth its own constructive sprouts.And, as my friend the Philosopher and Artist Eric Wesselow would say,

If you agree with me,

I’ll be flattered;

If you disagree,

I’ll bee honoured.

http://www.poemhunter.com/paul-hartal/

Thanks, Paul!

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