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September 03, 2015

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2:03 PM | Mathematical Modeling
My friend and colleague, University of Connecticut mathematician Sarah Glaz, is an accomplished poet and is active in coordinating math-poetry activities -- via her website, the annual BRIDGES Conference, the anthology Strange Attractors: Poems of Love and Mathematics . . . .  Here is one of her mathy poems -- this one a pantoum, first published in London Grip.Mathematical Modelling     by Sarah GlazMathematical modelling may be viewed As an organizing principleThat […]
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2:01 PM | August 2015 (and prior) -- titles, dates of posts
Scroll down to find titles and dates of posts so far in 2015.  And follow these links for each year to to go to lists of posts through 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 -- and all the way back to March 2010 when this blog was begun. This link leads to a SEARCH BOX for the blog and this link leads to a PDF file of searchable topics and names of poets and mathematicians presented herein.Aug 31  The answer is NO Aug 27  Hate Math -- 21 Reasons (NOT) . . . Aug 23  Three (or […]

August 31, 2015

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10:57 AM | The answer is NO
This past weekend I have much enjoyed reading Mathematics:  a novel  by Jacques Roubaud  (Dalkey Archive Press, reprint 2010, translated from the French by Ian Monk); Roubaud is a mathematician, poet, and member of the OULIPO.  And here is a found poem from Chapter 1:.          A          question          posed to […]

August 27, 2015

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1:12 PM | Hate Math -- 21 Reasons (NOT) . . .
Two four-letter words that I want NEVER to be used TOGETHER are hate and math.  A lively contradiction to my wish is provided by the following piece by slam poet Shappy Seasholtz.(For details on the World Poetry Slam to be held in Washington DC on Oct. 7-10, scroll down to the bottom of this posting.)21 Reasons Why I Hate Math     by Shappy Seasholtz1 - It's my worst subject.2 - I failed Algebra in high school.3 - When I retook Algebra in high school during the […]

August 23, 2015

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4:16 PM | Three (or fewer) choices
Here is a link to an anthology of English translations of work by Chilean poet and mathematician, Nicanor Parra.   Some rank Nicanor Segundo Parra Sandoval (born 5 September 1914) among the most important poets of Spanish language literature.   Parra describes himself as an "anti-poet," having a distaste for poetic pomp and function; after recitations he exclaims "Me retracto de todo lo dicho" ("I take back everything I said").  I posted Parra's small poem "Thoughts" […]

August 18, 2015

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8:01 PM | Caught in an infinite loop . . ..
Philadelphian Marion Cohen has been a mathematician since girlhood and a poet almost that long.  Besides her mathematics and writing, she teaches an interdisciplinary math-and-literature course at Arcadia University.  Here is a sample of Cohen's math poetry -- which imaginatively links mathematics to everyday life, sort of -- from her recent collection, Parables for a Rainy Day (Green Fuse Press, 2013).Weirdness at 22nd and Walnut     by Marion D. […]

August 15, 2015

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2:00 PM | #548 Ulam spiral – And with this Season 3 of Geometry Daily...
#548 Ulam spiral – And with this Season 3 of Geometry Daily ends. Thanks for watching! You were a wonderful audience, it’s been tremendous fun. To ease the pain, please grab some prints and other stuff!There will of course be a Season 4, someday. Whenever this will be, I hope to see you again for: A new minimal geometric composition each day.
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1:58 AM | Primes and a paradox
       Canadian poet Alice Major has loved and admired science and mathematics since girlhood and this background brings to her mathy poems both charm and amazement -- qualities that those of us who seriously studied mathematics easily lack.  At the recent BRIDGES conference I had a chance to hang out with Alice for a while and to purchase her latest collection, Standard Candles  (University of Alberta Press, 2015). Such fun to experience her views of […]

August 14, 2015

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2:00 PM | #547 Spread – Season 3 comes to an end tomorrow. I already miss...
#547 Spread – Season 3 comes to an end tomorrow. I already miss it … – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
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8:22 AM | The new limited edition silkscreen prints are now available...
The new limited edition silkscreen prints are now available worldwide! I picked some of the more popular graphics and made the best prints I could do: Hand-made silkscreen prints with custom acrylic colors on thick cardboard. They look really great, so if you like the graphics, please put them up on your walls:http://tilman.tictail.comThis is my first try in selling stuff online. If there is anything keeping you from ordering, please let me know. Any help is highly appreciated! If you want to […]

August 13, 2015

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2:00 PM | #546 Incremental – Only wo posts left for Season 3! – A new...
#546 Incremental – Only wo posts left for Season 3! – A new minimal geometric composition each day.

August 12, 2015

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6:25 PM | Reservation Mathematics
Both a talented writer and an articulate conveyor of the culture of American Indians, Sherman Alexie is a Spokane / Coeur d’Alene Indian from Wellpinit, Washington.  Besides several collections of poetry, Alexie has published novels and short-stories; he wrote the screen-play for the 1998 film, Smoke Signals.  "Reservation Mathematics"  is from Alexie's poetry collection First Indian on the Moon, (Hanging Loose Press, 1993).Reservation […]
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2:00 PM | #545 What is so bad about sixties wallpaper? – A new minimal...
#545 What is so bad about sixties wallpaper? – A new minimal geometric composition each day.

August 11, 2015

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2:00 PM | #544 Laboratory – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
#544 Laboratory – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
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2:29 AM | Found on Facebook
A numerical poem, recently found on Facebook -- at this link: 

August 10, 2015

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2:00 PM | #543 The sum of all things – A new minimal geometric composition...
#543 The sum of all things – A new minimal geometric composition each day.

August 08, 2015

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2:00 PM | #542 Acres – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
#542 Acres – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
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10:05 AM | MJ4MF and Math Clocks
How stoked was I to see that @WeAreTeachers is giving away a Swag Bag that includes a copy of Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks? In a word — inordinately! My only concern is that the bag of goodies also includes this clock: This is the second time in less than two weeks that I’ve seen […]

August 07, 2015

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2:00 PM | #541 Overlap – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
#541 Overlap – A new minimal geometric composition each day.

August 06, 2015

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10:45 PM | Buffalo 66
     Nearly twenty years ago, in the formative years of River Poets (in Bloomsburg, PA), Jim Murray from Shamokin, then a student at Bloomsburg University) and I both were part of the group that gathered at Phillips Emporium for monthly poetry readings.  We became friends who kept in touch as he traveled to South Dakota and South Korea -- and I almost got to hear him read in Bloomsburg last month.       In recent weeks I have been enjoying […]
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2:00 PM | #540 Levels – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
#540 Levels – A new minimal geometric composition each day.

August 05, 2015

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2:00 PM | #539 City walks – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
#539 City walks – A new minimal geometric composition each day.

August 04, 2015

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2:00 PM | #538 Generator – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
#538 Generator – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
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12:00 AM | Jupiter Descending
Jupiter Descending If you did fall into Jupiter's atmosphere in a submarine, what would it actually look like? What would you see before you melted or burned up? —Ada Munroe We don't know! We've only flown spacecraft into a gas planet's atmosphere twice (both Jupiter). One had no cameras, and one went in at night (and was being disposed of, so wasn't taking pictures anyway). If you took a submarine to Jupiter, it would burn up. Jupiter has a deep gravity well; after […]

August 03, 2015

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5:20 PM | MatHEmatics / MatSHEmatics
     Last week at the 2015 BRIDGES Math-Arts Conference in Baltimore I gave a short talk on using poetry to celebrate and inspire math girls and women, to recognize achievements and to encourage speaking out -- and also to encourage staying and building community in what often is now a lonely field.  Through a poem we can open doors that help us to talk about difficult issues -- such as isolation or loneliness or misgivings or […]
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5:18 PM | July 2015 (and prior) -- titles, dates of posts
Scroll down to find titles and dates of posts so far in 2015.  And follow these links for each year to to go to lists of posts through 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 -- and all the way back to March 2010 when this blog was begun. This link leads to a SEARCH BOX for the blog and this link leads to a PDF file that lists searchable topics and names of poets and mathematicians presented herein.   Jul 28  Algebra (sort of) in a short story   Jul 25  Math and […]
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2:00 PM | #537 Plot twist – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
#537 Plot twist – A new minimal geometric composition each day.

August 01, 2015

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2:00 PM | #536 Facades – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
#536 Facades – A new minimal geometric composition each day.

July 31, 2015

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2:00 PM | #535 Approaching – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
#535 Approaching – A new minimal geometric composition each day.
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1:39 PM | planetaryfolklore: eideticfields: Ciudad Abierta, Juegos y...
planetaryfolklore: eideticfields: Ciudad Abierta, Juegos y torneos, 1927–77. From the archive of José Vial Armstrong, Escuela de Arquitectura y Diseño de la Pontificia. Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile.(via polychroniadis)
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