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Mathematics and Poetry

by

Kim Plofker
Union College

October 1, 2013
5 pm
Bailey Hall 207

Refreshments will be served in Bailey Hall 204 at 4:45


Abstract:

In honor of Union's special focus on the humanities in the current academic year, we devote a Math Department Student Seminar to exploring a surprisingly productive combination of disciplines that most people might think go together like cheese and peppermint: namely, poetry and mathematics. After briefly discussing various ways that poems have been used to approach or explain math, we will turn to the unexpectedly fertile field of mathematical approaches to poetry. The talk will survey some interesting mathematical results that were first discovered in the classical world as handy hints for poets, and conclude with a short introduction to the math of generative metrics.


For additional information, send e-mail to math@union.edu or call (518) 388-6246.
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