# Poetic Math

Congratulations to the winners of MoMath’s limerick contest! Enjoy the following original mathematical limericks selected by MoMath as part of the Museum’s contest in honor of National Limerick Day.

### Allan Service

Some think Stats are too formal,

a body of tools so conformal.

Deviations are standard,

outliers left stranded,

and strange things called Normal.

Consider the power of Calculus,

Tools far beyond the abacus.

Leibniz/Newton notwithstanding,

Its fame is ever expanding.

The verdict is simply u–nan-e-muss.

### Art Duval

There once was a man named Klein

Who thought that his bottle was fine

But when he looked for the inside

He found that it was outside

So it wouldn’t keep hold of his wine

### Barry Hyman

The opposite side yields sine,

while adjacent gives cosine.

This you must dig

according to trig,

if triangles you want to design.

### Caitlin M

oh the joy one can derive upon

traversing a hexaflexagon

with a pinch (just a little)

you can open up the middle

to a brand new configuration!

### Christopher Miranda

submitted by Allan Collins

A mathematician called Klein

Thought the Möbius strip was divine.

He said if you glue

The edges of two

You get a nice bottle like mine.

### Daphne Close

A rectangle once lived without care.

Along came a rhombus with flair.

They married with glee

And soon they were three.

Please welcome their cute baby square!

### Harry Hillson

If you want to have a good time

Do not try to factor a prime

Just the number and 1

Is not very much fun

That’s why composites are sublime

### Henry Blackford

**“Archimedes’ Approximation of Pi”**

Upon sitting to calculate Pi

Archimedes he thought he would try,

A polygon sandwich.

‘Twas quite a good plan which

Made him into one famous guy.

### Jane Hillson Aiello

Calculus, algebra, geometry

Equations and theorems are Greek to me

I find math absurd

Cuz I’m a word nerd

I guess I’ll just stick to my poetry

Archimedes – original streaker

Ran naked while shrieking Eureka

Displaced in his bath

He was doing some math

If you try this at home use a beaker

### Jennifer M. Prentice

We see our math teacher at 1.

He taught us that binary’s fun.

And you know that he’s proud

When he hollers out loud

And gives you a high 31!

### Jennifer Truitt

The young girl had never liked pie.

And she never could figure out why.

Then one day in school

She learned a new rule.

And swore, “I’ll love Pi till I die!”

### Jerrold Grossman

When you’re counting by ones for all time,

you will keep finding integers prime.

Some will differ by two.

Are there more than a few?

We don’t know yet the reason or rhyme.

The set of all sets that are not

contained in themselves tends to rot

the pillars that hold

the truth we are told.

Oh my, such a mess we have got.

### Jerry Miccolis

Fermat and Pascal are fantastic

You may think I’m being sarcastic

But, Holy Bernoulli!

It’s mind-blowing, truly

To learn all there is … is stochastic!

### Joel Zablow

Of Schrödinger’s cat much is said;

A cat, neither living nor dead.

The collapse of a wave,

Has the cat in the grave,

While also asleep on the bed.

### Jonathan Matte

A mathematician named Pierre

Thought “I wonder if someone will care

If I say there’s a proof

And then (somewhat aloof)

Admit I can’t fit it in there.”

### Kate Jones

There once was a mischievous thinker.

With the Game of Life he would tinker.

It irked John Conway no end

That his fame would depend

On dead or alive or a glider or blinker.

There once was an artist supreme

Whose geometry had a rare scheme:

Tessellations and creatures

And impossible features…

M. C. Escher created an infinite dream.

### Larry Lesser

**“MoMath”**

There is a cool New York museum:

Exhibits you just have to see ’em!

The square-wheeled trike rocks

Like programs and talks

That give our minds mo’ math and freedom!

**“Limacon Limerick”**

A point on a circle rolls ’round

A circle: this trace is profound!

Follow the norm

Of polar form

For beautiful heart you have found!

### Liisamaija C. Flinner

**“The Problem with Fractions”**

Is equal the same as equivalent?

Similar to one penny or one cent?

“Of course!” shouted he.

“No way,” declared she.

“A dollar bill half is not fifty cents!”

### Neil Cooperman

When multiplying numbers both negative,

It is best to teach after a sedative.

While the answer is positive.

It remains quite provocative

Just refrain from uttering an expletive.

Évariste Galois was no fool.

Polynomials were his great tool.

A political activist,

He challenged his antagonist,

And at twenty he died in a duel.

### Phyllis Tashlik

As I contemplated parallel lines

I had doubts they would never entwine

While racing through space

Might they somewhere embrace

Romantically ending this rhyme?

### Rajeev Raizada

Many kids find that math gets them down.

Blindly following rules makes them frown.

So let’s help them see

Stuff explained visually

Like in Desmos or 3Blue1Brown.

We tell kids “Hey, math can be fun!”

But mere words don’t convince anyone.

So when Covid’s all past,

To MoMath run fast,

And play puzzles and games by the ton

### Sarah Thau

**“Exponential”**

To infinity off this one goes

Nears the x-axis but then it slows

A curve brought about

As one end flattens out

Herein growth and decay juxtapose

**“Trigonometric”**

This one is fun! It’s a wave!

This is how sine and cosine behave

They repeat without fail

Copying the same trail

Because circular patterns they crave

### Stephen Garland

Cantor had an affinity

For matters of infinity.

Was the continuum

Next to the minimum

Or far out of its vicinity?