Math, Poetry, And Music Improvisations: An Interdisciplinary Collaboration by F. Luke Wolcott

I should just make Luke his own category, really.

This paper tells the story of a musical performance of poems based on
mathematical re ections, and discusses the project as a metaphor for doing
mathematics. This performance { by the Improvisational Group of Lawrence
University, or IGLU { was a creative o shoot of a larger research project
aimed at understanding the mathematical experience. When mathemati-
cians do mathematics, what is it like? What images do they see in their
minds, with what colors, shapes, or textures? What conceptual metaphors
do they use to make sense of their abstractions? Do mathematical objects
make sounds? Do they have personalities? Are they characters in stories?



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