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Describe mathematics poetically

  1. Jul 22, 2013 #1
    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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  3. Jul 22, 2013 #2


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    Roses are math, violets are math, I like math, math.
  4. Jul 22, 2013 #3
    That is shocking lol
  5. Jul 22, 2013 #4
    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?
  6. Jul 22, 2013 #5
    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."
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    Mathematics, physics too for that matter, is cut from the same cloth that gives it form: Nature.
  9. Jul 22, 2013 #8
    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.
  10. Jul 23, 2013 #9

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

  11. Jul 23, 2013 #10


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    not self consistent
    but it appears to be so
    often do I weep
  12. Jul 23, 2013 #11
    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##

  13. Jul 23, 2013 #12


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    I got another one:

    Circles n' stuff.
  14. Jul 23, 2013 #13


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    Even the numbers have conflicts - seven ate nine.
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    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
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