Adding Emotion to a Mathematics Book with Pop Song Poetry

Helen Prochazka, Maurice Murphy and Adrian Jacobson
Proceedings of Bridges 2014: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2014)
Pages 437–440 Short Papers


In this paper we describe how we created a cycle of fourteen poems to add emotional context and a big picture perspective to a mathematics book. We wanted to show that:

Maths is more than measurement and number calculations
More than geometry, statistics and algebraic manipulations
So we set out to elucidate its beauty, heart and history
Its concepts, connections and contexts – and do it all with poetry.