I Prove a Theorem and the House Expands: Geometry and Poetry

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 4:00pm
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We are delighted that famed author and mathematician Jordan Ellenberg will be joining us for a virtual talk this semester.  In his words, our speaker wrote a book about geometry and found himself, surprisingly, constantly talking about poetry.  In this talk, he will cover various subjects, including Wordsworth’s friendship with the mathematician William Rowan Hamilton;  Andrei Markov’s random walk through Eugene Onegin and the idea of mechanical language production;  what geometry and poetry seem to look for in each other;  and the vision of geometry expressed in the poem by Rita Dove, whence his talk title originates.

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