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The angel of numbers . . .

This poem by Hanns Cibulka (1920 - 2004) -- translated from the German by Ewald Osers -- is collected in the anthology, *Strange Attractors: Poems of Love and Mathematics*, edited by Sarah Glaz and me (A K Peters, 2008).
** Mathematics ** by Hanns Cibulka (trans. Ewald Osers)
* And the angel of numbers *
* is flying *
* from 1 to 2... *
—Rafael Alberti
The numbers
on our childhood slates
form ranks
when the angel with the integral
enters the room

He comes with *e* to the power *-x *
with the *π*-th root of *n *
his tunic
is covered
with the snow of infinity

Angel of intuition
with your letters
we illumine
n-dimensional spaces
in the universe

Gone
the Euclidean tranquility
of the world
A complete table of *Contents* for the anthology, *Strange Attractors,* may be found here.
I keep reading and re-reading this: He comes with

ReplyDeletewith

his tunic

Is the second "with" correct?

Thanks for your careful reading and comment. Indeed, both uses of the word "with" are correct -- but I have left out some mathematical symbols . .. I will make a correction soon!

DeleteOne more thing to add: in the original poem, the phrases

Deletee to the power -x

and

the π-th root of n

are given as formulas with an exponent and a radical sign but my blog did not want to let me use that notation today.