When I set with each other my site-a-day calendar, revealed by the American Mathematical Society (why, sure, it is even now available thanks for asking), I knew I wished to consist of a healthy dose of poetry. I appreciate viewing poets and mathematicians participate in with mathematical ideas in options that are not governed by the rules of theorem-proving. When I was poking about for poems that would work properly for the calendar format, I was struck by this poem by University of Connecticut mathematician Sarah Glaz. I used it for the January 13 site, obviously more than enough.

13               January 2009
 

12=twotwo×3    Anuk is dying for Anuk is dying in the white of wintertime
eleven                The coldest thirty day period
10=2×5      Anuk is dying in the slipping snow
nine=3two           The white of wintertime for Anuk is dying
eight=two3             Anuk is dying for the white of wintertime
7                  The drift of time
six=2×3        Anuk is dying in the white of wintertime
5                  The slipping snow
4=twotwo           Anuk is dying for Anuk is dying
3                  The white of wintertime
two                  Anuk is dying
one                 .

Some thing about the stark language and repetition in the poem grabbed me ahead of I discovered its construction. I appreciated it even additional when I saw how the poem was dependent on the elementary theorem of arithmetic, which states that each individual whole selection greater than one has a special primary factorization. Glaz composed phrases to symbolize every single primary selection and merged them as dictated by every single number’s factorization, using “for” for exponentiation and “in” for multiplication.

Glaz is not the only writer who has used this and other ideas from selection idea to build poetry. In an report she wrote for the 2011 Bridges Math-Artwork conference, she shares numerous poems about or motivated by primary numbers. “On the Sadness” by Carl Andre is one more arresting poem using the very same construction. Joanne Growney, mathematician, poet, and creator of the blog Intersections—Poetry with Arithmetic, wrote an environmentalist poem in a very similar way.

I have been observing Math Poetry Month each individual April since 2014, when Stephen Ornes pointed out that April is the two Arithmetic and Studies Awareness Month and National Poetry Month in the US. This year, I am arranging to invest some time using the elementary theorem of arithmetic to manual me as I attempt my hand at poetry.