# Describe mathematics poetically

1. Jul 22, 2013

### MathJakob

If you could describe mathematics / physics in one sentence that covers Archemedes through to Einstein, what would you say?

Your answer can be mathematical or even just a single equation.

The as a seperate question: If you could bring back 1 mathematician / physicist from history, who would you pick and why?

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2. Jul 22, 2013

### WannabeNewton

Roses are math, violets are math, I like math, math.

3. Jul 22, 2013

### MathJakob

That is shocking lol

4. Jul 22, 2013

### micromass

Staff Emeritus
Take this integral upon the function!
And, in parting fractions now,
Thus much let me know--
I am not wrong, who deem
That my calculations have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a derivative, or in a form,
In a group, or in the empty set,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we prove or conjecture
Is but math within math.

I stand amid the Banach space
Of a tormented topology,
And I hold within my pen
invertibles of the function right--
How few! yet how they are dense
Throughout my space to the open subspace,
While I weep--while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter measure?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless manifold?
Is all that we prove or conjecture
But math within math?

5. Jul 22, 2013

### dipole

I always loved the way Sagan phrased it (or one of his writers... who knows?)

"We are a way for the cosmos to know its self."

6. Jul 22, 2013

### MathJakob

Awesome!

7. Jul 22, 2013

### jackmell

Mathematics, physics too for that matter, is cut from the same cloth that gives it form: Nature.

8. Jul 22, 2013

### Mandelbroth

The sentence that first comes to mind: "Construct something new, and then generalize everything repeatedly."

I love how none of these actually mention any numbers. :rofl:

I'd bring back Gauss. Definitely Gauss.

Wow. I believe there's now a footnote in Oxford's Dictionary under the definition for the word "multifaceted" that reads "cf. micromass." I'm impressed.

9. Jul 23, 2013

### Ben Niehoff

"Love and Tensor Algebra", from Stanislaw Lem's Cyberiad:

10. Jul 23, 2013

### Pythagorean

not self consistent
but it appears to be so
often do I weep

11. Jul 23, 2013

### MathJakob

Although my knowledge of math and physics is limited. If I had to describe mathematics in a single sentence or equation I'd have to say that the most elegant equation that I've come across has to be $e^{i\pi}+1=0$

Then in second place comes $2{\left( {\frac{E}{c}} \right)^2} + {(mc)^2} + {(mx)^2} - 2\frac{{mxE}}{c} - 2mE \le 0$

:tongue:

12. Jul 23, 2013

### WannabeNewton

I got another one:

Circles n' stuff.
Math.

13. Jul 23, 2013

### 256bits

Even the numbers have conflicts - seven ate nine.

14. Jul 23, 2013

### reenmachine

Idiots on their path
Will feel the wrath of math
Rectangles , triangles
Four and three angles
One guy named Gauss
Did math in his house
One guy named Archimedes
Made other minds look like comedies
When women look at math guys
They find them charming like black skies
They would kill to get a date
With one of these adorable guys who can calculate

said my piece

Last edited: Jul 23, 2013