## Monday, December 14, 2015

## Tuesday, December 08, 2015

### Bob Grumman Christmas Poem

Posted by Kaz Maslanka at 8:46 PM 0 comments

Labels: Bob Grumman, Christmas

## Saturday, December 05, 2015

### Holiday Humor

Posted by Kaz Maslanka at 7:25 PM 0 comments

Labels: John Chalmers, mathematical humor

## Saturday, November 28, 2015

### Jeff Koons Versus Kog

**This quote from Koons is the perfect statement about the goal of ‘pure’ Art. – And therefore the opposite of ‘pure’ Kog.**

**Mathematical poetry lives in the realm of ‘pure’ Kog**

**Mathematical visual poetry is in between ‘pure’ Art and ‘pure’ Kog yet lives much closer to ‘pure’ Kog.**

Posted by Kaz Maslanka at 3:09 PM 0 comments

Labels: Jeff Koons, Kog, PAMM

## Friday, November 20, 2015

## Tuesday, October 13, 2015

### Syncopation

Back in the early 1980's, inspired by the percussionist Bill Bruford, I wrote a math equation mapping the levels of power in syncopation. I have misplaced the equation but I do remember the resulting epiphany for me:

Anticipation and surprise are the active ingredients in syncopation. (Thesis / Antithesis)

Posted by Kaz Maslanka at 1:05 PM 0 comments

Labels: Bill Bruford, Syncopation

## Tuesday, August 04, 2015

## Friday, July 17, 2015

### Towson Math Art Exibition

**"Newton's Third Law In Karmic Warfare"**

Posted by Kaz Maslanka at 12:28 AM 0 comments

Labels: Bridges, karma, Mathematical Paradigm Poems

### Newton's Third Law In Karmic Warfare

Newtons third law of motion states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. ——— see any similarities? ——— The visual expression (above) titled “Newton’s third law in Karmic warfare” maps a karmic event into equal and opposite forces.

The following LINK will take you to my paper on paradigm poems that will go into more detail of this piece. Here is an excerpt from the paper that discusses this piece:

**Newton’s Third Law in Karmic Warfare**

**Mappings**

Metaphor from Physics: The Equation from Physics that describes equivalent forces IS Observations of equivalent forces

Poetic Metaphors: Mirror IS Conservation of Momentum and Energy; Mirror IS Equivalence; Karma IS Equivalence; Karma IS Mirror

Mathematical Poetic metaphors M1 or Mass (subscript 1) IS The Level Of My Self Righteousness; △v1 or The change in velocity (subscript 1) IS Me Taking Life From You; △t1 or The change in time (subscript 1) IS The Time It Takes For Me To Kill You; M2 or Mass (subscript 2) IS The Level Of Your Self Righteousness; △v2 or The change in velocity (subscript 2) IS Me Taking Life From You; △t2 or The change in time (subscript 2) IS The Time It Takes For You To Kill Me;

Visual (image) Metaphors: Nuclear Proliferation IS Karmic Force; Karma IS Hell; Korean Karma Mirror IS a vehicle

Posted by Kaz Maslanka at 12:23 AM 0 comments

Labels: Bridges, karma, Mathematical Paradigm Poems

## Thursday, July 02, 2015

## Tuesday, June 16, 2015

## Wednesday, June 10, 2015

### "Radius of Compassion" - A Sphere Poem

Posted by Kaz Maslanka at 11:30 PM 0 comments

Labels: Sphere Poem

## Friday, June 05, 2015

### No Quarter / No Blame

Posted by Kaz Maslanka at 12:21 AM 3 comments

Labels: Clouds, proportional poems, similar triangle poems

## Thursday, June 04, 2015

### Time

Posted by Kaz Maslanka at 11:27 PM 0 comments

Labels: proportional poems, similar triangle poems, Time

## Sunday, April 05, 2015

### Homage to Bob by Karl Kempton

Posted by Kaz Maslanka at 1:08 PM 2 comments

Labels: Bob Grumman, mathemaku

## Friday, April 03, 2015

### Rest In Peace - Bob Grumman 02-02-1941 / 04-03-2015

It is with deep sadness that I must report the passing of Bob Grumman. The world of mathematical poetry just got lonelier. I remember in the mid 1990’s getting an email from Bob expressing how happy he was to have found me, another mathematical poet who shared a similar vision to his. Furthermore I was happy to have learned of his existence as well. Until then I had thought that I was the only one doing it. I was happy to find out that others had some interest in it as well. First of all I have to say that other than myself, there is no other mathematical poet in the English language that has had as much passion for our brand of mathematical poetry. – Yes there have been others who dabbled here and there and made a handful of math poems – and I must mention Karl Kempton and Scott Helmes who have made serious contributions to mathematical visual poetry, but only Bob and I consistently expressed a passion for using mathematical equations as a structure for poetic expression. Bob seemed to be entertained by arguing with people about the validity of mathematical poetry BEING poetry. Personally, I have tried to avoid that particular argument and have been happy believing that mathematical poetry is its own genre and needs not to be called poetry. Yet it really makes no difference to me. I must also mention that while Bob and I both took ownership in this form of expression, we had many differences of opinion … sometimes our differences were painful and I felt as though I was stuck in the land of mathematical poetry (a deserted island) with a hard headed competitively driven egomaniac. It is true that in the past I have felt this way. - But now that the reality has hit that he is gone, I feel alone on this Island – and it saddens me. The worst part for the muse of mathematical poetry is that neither of us has inspired anyone else to do it. She had better find another one to do it - obviously neither Bob nor I have done a good job in spreading the word. (not that we haven’t tried) – It’s been over 200 years since the first mathematical poem that I know of was published and the genre lay dormant for all those years until the 1970’s before it sprouted up again. Bob has been integral in trying to keep mathematical poetry alive in this incarnation. He will truly be missed.

Kaz Maslanka 04-03-2015

Posted by Kaz Maslanka at 5:53 PM 4 comments

Labels: Bob Grumman, mathmaku

## Monday, March 02, 2015

### The Purpose of Art

Posted by Kaz Maslanka at 12:40 AM 0 comments

Labels: aesthetics, philosophy, Polyaesthetics

## Thursday, January 29, 2015

### Koons

Posted by Kaz Maslanka at 9:48 PM 0 comments

Labels: Jeff Koons, proportional poems, similar triangle poems