If you are in San Diego tomorrow, I hope you will attend:

**A Reading of Poetry with Mathematics**

5 – 7 PM Friday, January 11, 2013

Room 3, Upper Level, San Diego Convention Center San Diego, CA

sponsored by the

sponsored by the

*Journal of Humanistic Mathematics*
at the Joint Mathematics Meetings

Poetry reading organizers are Mark Huber, Gizem Karaali, and Sue VanHattum

with selected poems from that reading at this link.

If I were able to attend, I would beg the other poets there to write and publish poems about women mathematicians. And I would read this example (a revision of a poem first posted in June 2012).

Sophia Kovalevsky * (1850-1891)

Because she was Russian . . .

Because she had abundant curly hair . . .

Because she loved mathematics . . .

Because she was born in the 19th century . . .

Because lecture notes for calculus papered her nursery walls . . .

Because her parents forbade her to leave home . . .

Because her sister died . . .

Because a woman could not travel abroad from Russia without her father or a husband . . .

Because ideas came to her in torrents . . .

Because she married a man she did not love . . .

Because her mind was powerful . . .

Because her passion was mathematics . . .

Because her mentor was Karl Weierstrass . . .

Because she extended Cauchy’s theorem for partial differential equations . . .

Because she could not care for her daughter when exhausted by mathematics . . .

Because she investigated the refraction of light . . .

Because she knew Saturn’s rings are unstable . . .

Because she understood fixed points completely . . .

Because she struggled with happiness . . .

Because she went to Sweden and the Northern Lights . . .

Because she was the first woman professor at a European University . . .

Because she wrote novels and a memoir . . .

Because her paper on the Rotation of a Solid Body about a Fixed Point won the Bordin Prize . . .

Because she continued Abel’s quest to express Abelian integrals using elliptic functions . . .

Because her colleagues were not women . . .

Because she dreamed mathematics even in a lover’s arms . . .

Because a poet wrote “To her whose star shines bright” . . .

Because she caught influenza, complicated by pneumonia,

at age 41 Sophia Kovalevsky died.

*Russian names have masculine and feminine forms -- and the commonly used spelling "Kovalevsky" has a masculine ending. In Russia, Sophia's surname is "Kovalevskaya."

**With Reason: A Portrait**by JoAnne GrowneySophia Kovalevsky * (1850-1891)

Because she was Russian . . .

Because she had abundant curly hair . . .

Because she loved mathematics . . .

Because she was born in the 19th century . . .

Because lecture notes for calculus papered her nursery walls . . .

Because her parents forbade her to leave home . . .

Because her sister died . . .

Because a woman could not travel abroad from Russia without her father or a husband . . .

Because ideas came to her in torrents . . .

Because she married a man she did not love . . .

Because her mind was powerful . . .

Because her passion was mathematics . . .

Because her mentor was Karl Weierstrass . . .

Because she extended Cauchy’s theorem for partial differential equations . . .

Because she could not care for her daughter when exhausted by mathematics . . .

Because she investigated the refraction of light . . .

Because she knew Saturn’s rings are unstable . . .

Because she understood fixed points completely . . .

Because she struggled with happiness . . .

Because she went to Sweden and the Northern Lights . . .

Because she was the first woman professor at a European University . . .

Because she wrote novels and a memoir . . .

Because her paper on the Rotation of a Solid Body about a Fixed Point won the Bordin Prize . . .

Because she continued Abel’s quest to express Abelian integrals using elliptic functions . . .

Because her colleagues were not women . . .

Because she dreamed mathematics even in a lover’s arms . . .

Because a poet wrote “To her whose star shines bright” . . .

Because she caught influenza, complicated by pneumonia,

at age 41 Sophia Kovalevsky died.

*Russian names have masculine and feminine forms -- and the commonly used spelling "Kovalevsky" has a masculine ending. In Russia, Sophia's surname is "Kovalevskaya."

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