February 7, 2009

Poetry and Math

"Final Proof That Maths and Poetry Have A Special Relationship" by Shirly Dent

Read the whole thing.  It's lovely.  You know it's good if it makes me want to learn more about math.  Here's a bit:

"One, two, buckle my shoe, Three, four, knock on the door...

Our first, toddling relationship to poetry often goes hand-in-hand with our first fascination with numbers. In learning to count and learning to rhyme, we begin to make sense of the world through patterns, making numbers run in sequence, connecting words with each other in all sorts of ways. And that's before we even get started with Lewis Carroll's recitation of the first 71 digits of pi using nonsense couplets as an aide-mémoire."

(tip to norm)

(image cc "Pi Pie")