Sunday, September 28, 2014

Journal of Math in the Arts features Poetry

A special issue of the Journal of Mathematics and the Arts entitled "Poetry and Mathematics" is now available online at this link.  An introduction by guest editor Sarah Glaz is available (for free download) here.   In this opening piece, one of the items that Glaz includes is her own translation of a math-puzzle poem from Bhaskara's (1114-1185) Lilavati that is charming.  I offer it here:
       Ten times the square root of a flock
       of geese, seeing the clouds collect,
       flew towards lake Manasa, one-eighth
       took off for the Sthalapadmini forest.
       But unconcerned, three couples frolicked
       in the water amongst a multitude of
       lotus flowers. Please tell, sweet girl,
       how many geese were in the flock.

 Following Glaz's thoughtful and informative introduction to Journal of Mathematics and the Arts, Volume 8, Issue 1-2, 2014, Special Issue:   Poetry and Mathematics, we find interesting and illuminating work by these authors:

       Ron Aharoni (Mathematics, poetry and beauty)
       Jeremy Douglass (Numeracy and electronic poetry)
       Emily R. Grosholz (Great circles: the analysis of a concept in mathematics and poetry)
       Bob Grumman (Visiomathematical poetry, the triply-expressive poetry)
       Gizem Karaali (Can zombies write mathematical poetry? Mathematical poetry as a model for humanistic mathematics)
       Lawrence M. Lesser (Mathematical lyrics: noteworthy endeavours in education)
       Alice Major (Barbers and big ideas: paradox in math and poetry)
       D.P. May (Complete graphs in the Rubáiyát)
       Arielle Saiber (Niccolò Tartaglia's poetic solution to the cubic equation)
       Alla Shmukler & Clara Ziskin (Through the looking glass of history: mathematicians in the land of poetry)
       Bob Grumman (Book Review:  Bridges 2013 Poetry Anthology, edited by Sarah Glaz,)

       Annalisa Crannell (Book Review: Beautiful geometry, by Eli Maor and Eugen Jost).

I enthusiastically urge you to read these articles -- if not by purchase, perhaps by discovering which of your local libraries has a subscription to JMA or by using inter-library-loan opportunities (or even by contacting their authors).

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