Monday, September 29, 2014

Bridges Seoul - David Chappell and Intrinsic Coordinates

I was honored to be included in the Show at Bridges Seoul in September. Below is an image of the work I had in the show.

In addition, I would like to share the following link that is an collection of all of the mathematical-art expressions from that show.

One of my favorite pieces was the work of David Chappell. What I enjoy the most about his work is the complexity that he achieves with such simple equations. In addition I find intrinsic coordinate systems fascinating.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

La Logic Assassine by Adon Lacroix

Here is a visual poem with the intention of being a anti mathematical poem.

Design and type-set by man ray for the poem “La Logic Assassine” by Adon Lacroix, 1919

"ONE" acquired by the Gwacheon National Science Museum (국립과천과학관)

I am pleased to mention that my mathematical visual poem "ONE" was recently acquired by the Gwacheon National Science Museum (국립과천과학관) in South Korea.

Karl Kempton - Meditation Formula

Here is something recent from Karl Kempton.

Disappointment - by Anonymous Poet

I found this orthogonal space poem at the following link. I have no idea who created it however, it follows the rules of an orthogonal space poem perfectly. It is also interesting to note that it was found on a Buddhist website ... Hmmm - even more interesting to me.

Sunday, August 03, 2014


Here is an 'Similar Triangles Poem" by Kaz Maslanka titled "Hwadu" --- in the vernacular it says that "Enigmas are to Ontology as The Song of Ancient Dreams are to the Sound of the Ocean" - Or a different syntax would be, "Enigmas are to the Song of Ancient Dreams as Ontology is to the Sound of the Ocean."

Kuniharu Shimizu

Here is a nice mathematical visual poem (Haiga) by Kuniharu Shimizu Brought to our attention by Karl Kempton through George Swede

I really like this piece - It reminds me of my struggles with depression, anxiety and suicide.  --- and the answer!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Substituting Proust


Every reader finds himself. The mathematical poets work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this poem, he would perhaps never have seen in himself. -Marcel Proust, novelist (1871-1922) 
 I substituted the words "mathematical poet's" for the original word "writer's", furthermore, I substituted the word "poem" for the word "book" Kaz

Monday, June 16, 2014

Kazimir Malevich - The Suprematist Mirror

Thanks to Karl Kempton for bringing this to our attention:
Kazimir Malevich - The Suprematist Mirror

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Marius de Zayas & the Stieglitz Circle

Very interesting early work - I wish I had more precise information on what the variables represent.

These are very interesting links sent to me by Karl Kempton.

Link to information

and more:

Sunday, April 13, 2014

PolyAesthetic Mapping the Muses

Here is the image I used in the PAMM show at the Oceanside Museum of Art. The show will run until August 2, 2014
Our group is called PolyAesthetic Mapping the Muses - is part of a larger group show called the DNA of Creativity which was sponsored by the San Diego Visual Arts Network.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy

There is a Spanish Proverb that says: "An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy" Here is the mathematical version of that expression.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

April Should Be Mathematical Poetry Month

Future Tense at Slate just published an article (click here) with a argument that April should be "Mathematical Poetry Month" They used my poem "Sacrifice and Bliss".
Hey I think its a great idea :)

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Multiply or Add?

I snagged this off of the incomparable Anu Garg. Most of  the expressions that I see in this list are additions - Can you find an example here of a multiplication of concepts?  Do you know the difference between addition and multiplication in mathematical poetry? There could be many ways to approach this idea here is one way to approach it: Click Here 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Bridges 2013 Video with George Hart

Here is a link to a nice video from George
Hart on the Bridges show last summer in Enschede, the Netherlands. This may be the largest Mathart show that has ever been curated.

Robert Bosch - The Serenity Machine

One of my wishes for mathematical art is that it somehow ties to culture and has a strong sensory presence. I think Robert Bosch's serenity machines are a good example of contemporary art with a foot deep in Zen. This pieces are mazes with no end and no goal. You turn the knobs to move a small steel ball around the maze.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Poem from John Chalmers

Here is a Christmas math poem submitted by John Chalmers. 

Bob Grumman's Christmas Poem

This is an old math poem by Bob Grumman but I really like it. So I would like to post it again. 
Merry Christmas everyone!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Math Humor

I don't know who did this but it was given to me by John Chalmers. - If this is your image please let me know so I can credit you. 

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Briges 2013 Mathematical Poetry Anthology

The Briges 2013 Mathematical Poetry Anthology, edited by Sarah Glaz, is out and can be purchased at Amazon at this link.
Sarah has compile a few more interesting links for Mathematical Poetry on her homepage as well as a page dedicated to this anthology.  To see that page please follow this link.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Bridges Enschede 2013

I am grateful to have been a part of the Bridges Show in the Netherlands last month  My piece Sunset Sutra can be seen in the photo if you have keen eyes. 

Here is a link to all the wonderful pieces in the show. 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

A Quote From Mool Kae On The Nature Of Descriptions.

Descriptions always describe something else.

Quote From Mool Kae On What Is Real.

Karl Kempton's Sun Plus Moon

Another example of Karl Kempton's Visual Poetry 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

10,000 Dharmas Return to the ...

For those who are not familiar with the Chinese character - it is "Buddha's mind"
Anything divided by itself is one.

Added October 22, 2019 - Please See: CLICK-THIS 

Monday, May 06, 2013

New From Karl Kempton

This is a new little diddy from Karl Kempton. I am not sure if he had a title for it but if I could title this piece, I would title it: "I don't trust language"

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Angel House Press - National Poetry Month (March)

I am happy to announce that one of my mathematical poems was selected for National Poetry Month at the Angel House Press. It will be up until March of 2014 -- You can see it at this link

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sunset Sutra

Much of my recent work is inspired by my studies and practice of Korean Zen. Living in the present moment takes practice and the sunset is a perfect tool to notice the power of the present moment - for if not living in the moment you will miss the sunset. The most spectacular sunset that I have ever seen was from the window of an airplane. This photographic image was shot during that sunset. The mathematical poem is in the form of what I call an ‘orthogonal space’ poem - which is always in the form of a = bc (or its syntactical equivalent e.g. b = a/c or c = a/b ). One may notice that the sunset is not as important when the time approaches zero and the phenomena of Dharma approaches infinity. One aesthetic process that excites me most comes from pondering how math functions within the mind and its particular relationship to the spectrum of all mental phenomena. I see math illuminating the logical structure of the mind and poetic metaphor being a wind blowing through that structure.

Units And Their Importance Within Mathematical Poetry

When looking at mathematical poetry one must realize that the variables are such that they provide a connotative type of mathematical unit. While in a physics problem you have units defined – they may not be as clear in a mathematical poem yet they are there if the poem is sensible. You must look at the variables the same as you would for any equation where they (the variables) perform a place for value and unit. In mathematical poetry it is important to think of the terms in the equations as a signifier to the unit.

For instance in the "Orthogonal Space Poem" equation Lucidity = confidence divided by ego we have the sense that the units for Lucidity are defined by the units of 'confidence per units of ego', even though those units in the terms have not been scientifically defined. The poem itself defines them defacto. So units play an important part while reading mathematical poetry. And units can change the meaning of things as we can see by the essay below:

 To show how important units are in our communication concerning statistics please read the following (which is an excerpt from Delancyplace.) In today's selection - people often mistrust statistics under the presumption that statistics can easily be manipulated. And they can. Particularly for those uncomfortable with numbers or unwilling to dig into the issue. (Samuel Clemens is often noted for having said "lies, damned lies, and statistics," which he in turn attributed to British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli). One form of manipulation is changing the unit of analysis, as in the two examples below: "Is globalization making income inequality around the planet better or worse? By one interpretation, globalization has merely exacerbated existing income inequalities; richer countries in 1980 (as measured by GDP per capita) tended to grow faster between 1980 and 2000 than poorer countries. The rich countries just got richer, suggesting that trade, outsourcing, foreign investment, and the other components of 'globalization' are merely tools for the developed world to extend its economic hegemony. Down with globalization! Down with globalization! "But hold on a moment. The same data can (and should) be inter¬preted entirely differently if one changes the unit of analysis. We don't care about poor countries; we care about poor people. And a high proportion of the world's poor people happen to live in China and India. Both coun¬tries are huge (with a population over a billion); each was relatively poor in 1980. Not only have China and India grown rapidly over the past sev¬eral decades, but they have done so in large part because of their increased economic integration with the rest of the world. They are 'rapid global¬izers,' as the Economist has described them. Given that our goal is to ameliorate human misery, it makes no sense to give China (population 1.3 billion) the same weight as Mauritius (population 1.3 million) when examining the effects of globalization on the poor. The unit of analysis should be people, not countries. What really happened between 1980 and 2000 is [that] ... the bulk of the world's poor happened to live in two giant countries that grew extremely fast as they became more integrated into the global economy. The proper analysis yields an entirely different conclusion about the benefits of globalization for the world's poor. As the Economist points out, 'If you consider people, not countries, global inequality is falling rapidly.' "The telecommunications companies AT&T and Verizon have recently engaged in an advertising battle that exploits this kind of ambiguity about what is being described. Both companies provide cellular phone service. One of the primary concerns of most cell phone users is the quality of the service in places where they are likely to make or receive phone calls. Thus, a logical point of comparison between the two firms is the size and quality of their networks. While consumers just want decent cell phone service in lots of places, both AT&T and Verizon have come up with different metrics for measuring the somewhat amor¬phous demand for 'decent cell phone service in lots of places.' Verizon launched an aggressive advertising campaign touting the geographic cov¬erage of its network; you may remember the maps of the United States that showed the large percentage of the country covered by the Verizon network compared with the relatively paltry geographic coverage of the AT&T network. The unit of analysis chosen by Verizon is geographic area covered -- because the company has more of it. "AT&T countered by launching a campaign that changed the unit of analysis. Its billboards advertised that 'AT&T covers 97 percent of Americans.' Note the use of the word 'Americans' rather than 'America.' AT&T focused on the fact that most people don't live in rural Montana or the Arizona desert. Since the population is not evenly distributed across the physical geography of the United States, the key to good cell service (the campaign argued implicitly) is having a network in place where callers actually live and work, not necessarily where they go camp¬ing. As someone who spends a fair bit of time in rural New Hampshire, however, my sympathies are with Verizon on this one."

Author: Charles Wheelan Title: Naked Statistics Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company Date: Copyright 2013 by Charles Wheelan Pages: 41-42 Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data by Charles Wheelan by W. W. Norton & Company

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Two New Books

I am happy to announce that I was a part of a couple of new books that was published last summer.
My work finds itself in the intersection of many aesthetics and this is evident by looking at the content of both of these two books.  The first book mentioned specializes in the area where mathematics meets visual art. From my point of view it focuses primarily on the aesthetics of thinking but also approaches the aesthetics of direct sensory experience.  Most of the work.

in this book is done by people trained in mathematics who have a passion for making it visual. The difficult aspect of this genre is that you must have a bit of a math background.  The more background you have the more you will appreciate.

"Experience-centered Approach and Visuality in The Education of Mathematics and Physics."  ISBN 978-963-9821-52-1
Co-Authored by Javier Barrallo, Mateja Budin, Anthony Durity, Fenyvesi Kristof, Slavik Jablan, Klingne Takacs Anna, Ljiljana Radovic, Radmila Sazdanovic  and Stettner Eleonora  

The second book shown here Edited by Nico Vassilakis and Crag Hill is titled “The Last Vispo” an anthology of visual poetry spanning 20 years from 1998 to 2008  ISBN-13: 978-1-60699-626-3
The primary focus on this book is a confluence of poetics with visual art (Visual Poetry / Concrete Poetry).  Lots of interesting essays as well as a lot of good vispo.  

Friday, February 15, 2013

Vilhelm Ekelund Qutoe:

To read fast is as bad as to eat in a hurry. -Vilhelm Ekelund, poet (1880-1949) 

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Mathematical Zen Poems By Karl Kempton

Here Are A Couple Of Mathematical Zen Poems By Karl Kempton

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Is the Art and Science Movement Hogwash?

Click here for some interesting dialogue on the Art and Science Movement.
Jean-Marc Leblonde criticizes the math art movement with some pretty interesting views. 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

2013 Joint Mathematics Meeting Mathart Show

I am happy to be a part of the Joint Mathematics Conference mathart show in San Diego California.
Here is a link to the work in the show

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Thoughts on Craft

I believe that "craft" is a physical endeavor; furthermore, the more you practice it, the better you get at it. That said, "talent" is the ability to accomplish the same physical goal as others with less practice.

Kaz Maslanka - ASCI Featured Artist of the Month

I am happy to announce that I am the featured artist of the month at Art and Science Collaborations INC. You can check it out at this link 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Videos From Bridges

Here is a video compilation of events and aesthetic works at the Bridges Conference on Mathematical Connections in Art Music and Science. You may recognize my piece “Monastic Path” at the 0:40 second mark of the video. If you have trouble watching it here then click on the "YouTube" button in the bottom right hand corner. Thanks!
And here is a more official one that I nabbed from the conference website:

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Reza Sarhangi Homage

In 2005 I created a homage to Reza Sarhangi, the nucleus of the Bridges Conference on Mathematical Connections in Art Music and Science. I never shared it so I think I will pull it out now that this year's conference is over and I am re-inspired. There are quite a few mathematical properties going on in this thing - puzzle with it.
And thank you Reza for being the special person that you are!

Mathemaku No. 1

I like this poem even though I struggle with the mapping part - but I must say that I love the mathematical metaphor. I think Bob did a great job on the idea of a couple being one.

Prat's Olympics

Here seems to be Toni Prat's answer to the Olympics.

Monday, August 13, 2012


The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of. -Blaise Pascal, philosopher and mathematician (1623-1662)

Saturday, August 04, 2012

I just recently returned from the Bridges Conference on Mathematical Connections in Art Music and Science and was fortunate enough to have Geof Huth shoot this photo while I was giving my reading on Orthogonal Space Poems

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Math Is A Religion

In a fascinating book entitled "The Mathematical Experience," [Davis and Hersh], I found:
    Mathematical axioms have the reputation of being self-evident, but it might seem that the axioms of infinity and that of God have the same character as far as self-evidence is concerned. Thus, ...'Axiom of Infinity: An infinite set exists.' Axiom of God: (Maimonides: Mishneh Torah, beginning):
    The basic principle of all basic principles and the pillar of all the sciences is to realize that there is a First Being who brought every existing thing into being.
    Which is mathematics and which is theology? Does this lead us to the idea that an axiom is merely a dialectical position on which to base further argumentation, the opening move of a game without which the game cannot get started?" 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Addition Online Collection

My Polyaesthetic work which includes the "Orthogonal Space Poem": "The Monastic Path" was included in the online collection titled "Addition"

Monday, May 07, 2012

A Moment

There are those moments in life when you are terror struck in a situation and
hoping that you are in a dream -- then you slap your face begging, please wake up.

And then there are those moments of pain and solitude that you simply realize that all of this existence IS just a dream and you wonder how long it will be before you wake up.


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