Sunday, September 17, 2017

Forebear Square by Lawrence Lesser

Visual Poetry by Larry Lesser

... and Number Trapezoid

Friday, August 04, 2017

MEANings by Larry Lesser

Mathematics Professor Lawrence Lesser, Ph.D. provides us with a couple of mathematical visual poems:
These were part of a paper:
Lesser, L.M.(2011) "Making Statistics Memorable: New Mnemonics and Motivations," in Proceedings of the 2011 Joint Statistical Meetings, Section on Statistical Education, 1118- 1124.

Click here for the paper

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Maholy Nagy 1922


Aesthetic expressions are the literally the boundaries of culture.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Kaz Maslanka at Crafton Hills College

I was honored to be a part of the Parallels:Medicine+Art show at Crafton Hills College. On March 28th, I gave a lecture on mathematical visual poetry as well as having a couple of pieces in the show. Here are a few photos from the event.

Here are the two pieces that were displayed in the show. "Newtons Third Law In Karmic Warfare" 

and "Singularity at Vulture Peak"

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Life of a Mistake

Mistakes when repeated by others become culture.

Monday, January 23, 2017

An Analysis Of Introspection by Connie Tettenborn

Here is a new piece titled "An Analysis Of Introspection" by Connie Tettenborn

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Math Humor -- Velociraptor

I don't know who the author of this is - We have to thank John Chalmers who sent it to me.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Clara B. Jones and Hamilton's Rule

The following piece was submitted to me by Clara B. Jones. I would classify this piece as an illustration of an equation.

In this piece we can see W.D. Hamilton's Rule expressing when it benefits "ego," an Actor, to help a Recipient, an individual of the same species. I designed the image, and the artwork was drawn by Liz Williams. I, also, include a brief bio. Thank you for considering my work. Sincerely, clara b. jones


Bio: Clara B. Jones is a retired scientist, currently practicing poetry in Asheville, NC, USA. As a woman of color, she writes about the “performance” of identity and power and conducts research on experimental poetry. She is the author of two chapbooks, and her poems, reviews, essays, and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous venues.

Friday, March 11, 2016

The Pedagogy of Moonlight

Here is a new 'proportional poem' titled "The Pedagogy of Moonlight" - the image is a photo shot in the very early morning moon light at an old abandoned schoolhouse in the Cedar Swamp area along the west bank of the Delaware river a few miles east of Townsend Delaware along route 9. (see if you can find it on Google street maps) There is a thunderstorm off in the distance and a breeze evident in the clouds. The muses whisper this mathematical poem to me and demand me to share it with you.
There are four ways to solve this equation with each variable or you can set it up in proportions where it will read:

 "Pining the Infinite" is to "Lost Mathematics" as "The Wind of Time" is to "Obscure Sorrow"
"Pining the Infinite" is to "The Wind of Time" as "Lost Mathematics" is to "Obscure Sorrow"

 Below is a detail of the equation:

Monday, December 14, 2015

Pinaki Halder Number 1

A new Paradigm Poem by Pinaki Halder mapping onto Einstein 

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Bob Grumman Christmas Poem

I think this is Bob's best work and I always like to post it around Christmas.

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Holiday Humor

Here is a little holiday math humor sent to me by John Chalmers

I over ate.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Jeff Koons Versus Kog

I wanted to create an art that automatically the viewer could realize that they didn’t have to bring anything to the table other than themselves right at that moment.
Jeff Koons

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.

Friday, November 20, 2015


Is Hendiadys an operation of addition or multiplication in mathematical poetry?

Tuesday, October 13, 2015


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)

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Friday, July 17, 2015

Towson Math Art Exibition

I am happy to be a part of this show at Towson University:

Newton's Third Law In Karmic Warfare

Detail of text

Detail part of mirror

Detail of eyes

We have all heard that what goes around comes around. In essence this is the contemporary western view of Karma. Yet, Karma has a long history in the east predicting that ones future events are influenced by one’s past events.

 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.
Here is a video lecture LINK that gives one all the tools to experience this poem.

 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 
In the poem “Newtons Third Law In Karmic Warfare” (Fig. 1,2) we map two dynamic forces against each other that always remain equal. Karma is a spiritual phenomena that states that the current and future situation of a person is influenced by their actions of the past. So we are reminded of the vernacular version of Karma in the sense that “what goes around comes around”. I see Karma as the same archetypical concept as the conservation of momentum and energy. So in my expression we map the mass of the forces as egos. When we map our ego across the idea of mass we may get an idea of something that has inertia when moving or an entity that carries weight in certain situations. Some people are thought to have ‘massive egos’. We are also mapping the idea of acceleration across the idea removing or taking life — I am reminded that if I don't take care of my health I accelerate my own death. So acceleration is moving something through space and time. In physics it is a physical object however, in poetics It can be any object that makes sense to us. In this case we are objectifying life. So can I accelerate death in my enemies? What would be the mechanics of doing this? So can I view life as an object moving through time? These are questions that I would hope someone would ask themselves when looking at this poem. When looking at the visual metaphors in this piece one must notice that I am borrowing a mythological expression from Korean culture called a Karma Mirror. The creature stands upon a world of hellish judgment where we find upon its back a mirror that reflects our Karma back at us so that we may see it. I would hope you would ask what Kind of Karma has been created by the creation of nuclear weapons?

 The following section of this paper is a list of metaphorical mappings that I have perceived by analyzing the aesthetic work titled “Newton’s Third Law in Karmic Warfare” (Figs. 1,2) The metaphor mapping nomenclature of Lakoff and Nunez are used for this list.

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

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

 Mathematical Poetic metaphorical expresssions 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

Thursday, July 02, 2015


Here is a Orthogonal Space Poem titled "Winning"

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