And now for something completely different: poetry.
Last Year, the Evil Mathologre was contacted by Ros, an editor at Cordite, an Australian poetry magazine. Ros was searching for a mathematician to be part of a poetry-mathematics collaboration, with poet Tricia Dearborn. Well aware of our literary pretensions, EM handballed the gig to us. The strange fruit of this collaboration has now appeared.
In the end Tricia wrote three poems under the collective title Family Mathematics: Nest; The golden ratio, and Infinity. Our opinion matters approximately zero, but we really like the poems. It’s also far from clear that our chatting contributed much of anything to Tricia’s inspiration, but it was interesting and good fun, as such cross-cultural discussions almost always are. In any case, Tricia’s thoughts on her creative process are here, and our summary of the mathematics we threw at Tricia is here.