Poem of the Month


by Lawrence Mark Lesser
Armstrong Atlantic State University



Imaginary numbers, multiples of i
Everybody wonders, "are they used in real life?"
Well, try the amplifier I'm using right now -- A.C.!

You say it's absurd,
this root of minus one.
but the same things once were heard
About the number negative one!

Imaginary numbers are a bit complex,
But in real mathematics, everything connects:
Geometry, trig and call all see "i to i." Ah-hai!

[from the Humanistic Mathematics Network Journal # 22, p. 48]
Reprinted with permission.

See last month's poem by Mahesh Dube.

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