Mathematics Through the Matrix of Poetry

Tom Petsinis
Proceedings of Bridges 2016: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Education, Culture (2016)
Pages 597–600


This workshop will offer participants a few strategies for expressing aspects of mathematics through the matrix of poetry. We will begin with a group activity whereby members exchange, combine and deconstruct mathematical ideas in order to generate an image or metaphor that ignites their enthusiasm. A short period of free-association will follow, with the intention of new ideas crystallising around the initial image, resulting in a working draft. Members will be encouraged to read their work to the group and, on the basis of constructive feedback, produce a better version. Given time constraints, a finished sonnet is not envisaged in this workshop, however it is hoped that participants will continue refining their work, during and after the conference, eventually sharing their sonnet with group members and the wider public.