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Writing math poems
I started writing poetry to express the usual teen angst and went on to write poetry for family holidays and the like. When I started writing poetry for publication it was about family and personal life. Although My undergraduate major was mathematics and my graduate degree is in computer science, I never even considered writing poetry about mathematics.
I did, however, write "Round". Round was sparked by my memory of a discussion in a college physics class about the rate at which a cup of coffee would cool and how the shape of the cup played into it. I didn't love college physics, and this was easily the most memorable thing in the whole course. Another trigger memory from a math class about the sphere having the least surface area per unit volume of any solid figure.
So I wrote "Round" and sent it off and it was accepted for publication. A friend read it and pronounced the finest math poem she'd ever read.
Huh? This is a math poem? She did manage to convince me, and I wrote a series of math poems. I went looking for books on the history of mathematics, and found mighty slim pickings. One book on the story of counting for kids and one or two fairly serious, heavy tomes for grownups. I did find a few interesting articles online, but not a book of the kind I wanted.
Some of the poems have been published, but I have yet to do anything with the collection as a whole.
There is, however, still that little voice that says I should take the math poems and use them as the basis for that non-fiction math book for kids I couldn't find.
is the perfect
for conserving heat,
providing the least
the North Pole.