Description 
1 online resource 
Contents 
Introduction: magic  Mathematics and poetry  Displacement  Part I: Order. The curious case of the ants on the pole  Hidden order  To discover or to invent  Order and beauty  Mathematical harmonies  Why [square root] 2 is not a rational number  The real numbers  The miracle of order  Simple conjectures, complex proofs  Independent events  Part II: How mathematicians and poets think. Poetic image, mathematical image  The power of the oblique  Compression  Mathematical pingpong  The book in heaven  Poetical pingpong  Laws of conservation  An idea from somewhere else  Three types of mathematics  Topology  Matchmaking  Imagination  A magic number  Reality or imagination  Unexpected combinations  What is mathematics?  Deep tautologies  Symmetry  Impossibility  Infinitely large  Cantor's story  The most beautiful proof?  Paradoxes and oxymorons  Selfreference and Gödel's Theorem  Halfway to infinity: large numbers  Infinitely small  Infinitely many numbers having a finite sum  Twists  Part III: Two levels of perception. Knowing without knowing  Content and husk  Change  Estrangement  An endless encounter  Appendix A: Mathematical fields  Appendix B: Sets of numbers  Appendix C: Poetical mechanisms mentioned in the book 
Summary 
What does mathematics have to do with poetry? Seemingly, nothing. Mathematics deals with abstractions while poetry with emotions. And yet, the two share something essential: Beauty. Euclid alone has looked on beauty bare, says the title of a poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay. Mathematics, Poetry and Beauty tries to solve the secret of the similarity between the two domains. It tries to explain how a mathematical argument and a poem can move us in the same way. Mathematical and poetic techniques are compared, with the aim of showing how they evoke the same sense of beauty.The reader may find that, as Bertrand Russell said, Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty  a beauty hold and austere, like that of sculpture...sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show 
Notes 
Print version record 
Subject 
Mathematics  Study and teaching.


Poetry in mathematics education.

Genre/Form 
Puzzles and games.

Form 
Electronic book

ISBN 
9789814602952 (electronic bk) 

9814602957 (electronic bk) 
