Ideas for this posting began with my post on 30 October 2011 in which I selected 7 favorite lines of poetry as a sort of self-portrait. That posting led to an exchange with blogger Peter Cameron -- which prompted me to write these abecedarian portraits of a mathematician.
I know a mathematician . . . by JoAnne Growney
every figured guess,
logic, measure, n-dimensions,
resolutely seeking theorems,
unknowns vanish :
wrong xs, ys -- zapped.
After this next poem are links to still more verse portraits of mathematicians.
Mathematician by JoAnne Growney
longing . . . .
Links to earlier postings of poems about mathematicians. In 2011: July 5 Mathematicians at work, July 2 Mathematicians divide, Jan 30 Sonnet for a geometry teacher, Jan 28 Poems starring mathematicians - 8. In 2010, Dec 8 Poems starring mathematicians -- 7, July 20 In the same family -- a poet and a mathematician, May 14 Poems starring Mathematicians -- 6 (Mandelbrot), May 4 Poems starring Mathematicians -- 5, April 28 Poems starring mathematicians -- 4, April 26 Poems starring mathematicians -- 3, April 15 Poems starring mathematicians - 2, April 14 Poems starring mathematicians - 1, March 23 Poetry of Logical Ideas .