15 January 2009


Best mathematical poem ever: S|{e,s,t,i,n,a}|, by Caleb Emmons. This is a sestina that explains what a sestina is, using the language of the symmetric group. (A sestina is a certain highly structured kind of poem. I won't say more. See the Wikipedia article on them if you have trouble with the poem.)

(I actually had a longer post about the mathematics of sestinas written, but the computer ate it. Oh well.)


Kelly Mathislife said...

That is one of the coolest things ever. I learned about sestinas in school, and i was the only one who could figure out the pattern (sad english class...) but a sestina about math now thats just awesome.

Anonymous said...

way cool. i wrote a sestina
once ... but there's no math in it.
never thought to try to write verse
for the _intelligencer_, though ...


Anonymous said...

Wow! This is totally awesome!

Aaron said...

That is AWESOME!!! And the title is just brilliant. :)