### Sentence Structure in Mathematical Poetry

Here is a detail of the equation from above

Today I would like to share part of a conversation I had with Gregory Vincent St. Thomasino dated December 2, 2005 …

Gregory Vincent St. Thomasino said:

You have to find the analogy between math and the grammar of the sentence, and make your "math" work within that grammar.

Kaz Maslanka said:

I am not sure if I understand exactly what you are saying but I find grammatical similarities in physics equations all the time. For example **F = ma** ---- force is equal to mass times acceleration. **“ma”** could easily be seen as a clause where mass is the subject and acceleration is the predicate. Many of my polyaesthetic pieces rely on physics equations to supply a sub-context for the piece. Lets look at the piece from “Karmic influences on the double helix” First we must talk a bit about physics. This piece utilizes the physics equation for Energy. **E = Fd** Energy is equal to force multiplied by distance. In other words the Energy expended on an object is equal to force applied to that object continually spread over a distance. The latter sentence obviously has grammatical qualities and is synonymous with the equation. We also know that **F = ma.** Now lets break force into its components of mass and acceleration and substitute **(ma)** for **‘F’** it in our equation that defines energy.

** E = (ma)d or E = mad**

In other words the Energy expended on an object is equal to the accelerated mass of that object applied continuously over a distance. *(Notice again that we are using words to be synonymous with the actual equation)*

Even the equation can easily be mapped with sentence structure. The energy in question is equated to

**Fd**or

**(ma)d**where

**‘m’**is the subject

**‘ad’**is the predicate and d is the object of the verb ‘to accelerate’ To reiterate the mass is the subject and ‘acceleration over a distance’ is the predicate where ‘over the distance’ is the object of the verb ‘accelerate’

Before we look at the poem lets take a look at the distance formula (in two dimensions) used in analytical geometry. In a nutshell the distance formula is the Pythagorean theorem mapped onto a Cartesian coordinate system. e.g. the hypotenuse of a right triangle is the distance we wish to solve and we can do so by using the difference in the y values as one leg of the triangle and the difference in the x values as the other leg of the triangle. This whole mess is a lot easier to see visually. Click here

Now let us look at the poem.

The energy in question is

**“Karmic Energy”**which is equal to the ‘mass’ being the phrases:

**“the conscious embryo, rampart, through the viridian passage”**multiplied by the ‘acceleration’ which is

**“misfortunate paranoia”**and multiplied by the distance between the concepts of the difference between the concepts of

**“the discovery of the wheel and extra-dimensional travel”**and the difference between the concepts

**“single cell intelligence and the discovery of the wheel”**

You can see that the poem follows the exact sentence structure of the physics equation, Furthermore the physics equation serves as a paradigm or metacontext for the poem to ‘ride’ or ‘be carried ’ in.