Hierarchical Organization in Writing, Poetry, and Mathematics

Russell Jay Hendel
Proceedings of Bridges 2012: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2012)
Pages 415–416 Short Papers


The appreciation of complex works in several disciplines can be facilitated by outlines: e.g., the outline in writing, the outline in poetry reading, the theme-development-theme-conclusion form in symphonic music, and the use of primary periods in Fourier analysis. However, outlines are a primary, level-1, organizational feature. In this paper, we explore use of secondary and tertiary organizational structure in writing, poetry reading and photograph storage.