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Who are our prophets?

Here is the opening sentence of an article, "Mathematicians and Poets," by Cai Tianxin, a mathematics professor at Zhejiang University -- it appears in the April 2011 issue of *Notices of the AMS*:
"**Mathematicans and poets exist in our world as uncanny prophets**."
Within the article are several poet-mathematician comparisons and contrasts -- "poets are thought to be arrogant" while "mathematicians are thought to be unapproachable." "Both mathematics and poetry are products of imagination." ". . . mathematicians think in an abstract way, while poets think in a concrete way." Both mathematicians and poets use concise language. (But not always.)
"... mathematicians and poets often walk side by side on the frontiers of human civilization. Euclid's *Elements* and Aristotle's *Poetics*, the two most important academic works of ancient Greece, were written at almost the same time."
Near the end, this article raises the question of whether ". . . someone can be a poet and a mathematician at the same time." What do you think?

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