*Times*celebrating maths and the Irish mathematician Willam Rowan Hamilton (1805 - 1865). Turns out that Hamilton's quaternions are useful in design of video games and 3D effects in the cinema.

Hamilton -- a mathematician, astronomer, and physicist -- was also a poet; a contemporary and friend of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. His poems do not speak of mathematics -- but here is a sonnet he wrote to honor Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier (1768 – 1830), a prominent French mathematician and physicist.

(Click on poem to enlarge.)

This poem and others by Hamilton may be found in

*Life of Sir Willam Rowan Hamilton*by Robert Perceval Graves. Now a google-ebook, originally published by Hodges, Figgis, & Co and part of a series from Dublin University Press.

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