Saturday, May 10, 2008

Math is love

No, "Math is love" probably isn't something one would normally hear me say. Or think. Or even consider as plausible in my life. I have an on-and-off long-term relationship with math.

However, I recently learned that the poem, "The Square Root of 3", was written by one of the amazing computer science teachers at my school, Dave Feinberg. This particular poem is in the new movie, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay -- I believe he went to high school with the director, but please correct me if I'm wrong.
The Square Root of 3 by Dave Feinberg

I’m sure that I will always be
A lonely number like root three

The three is all that’s good and right,
Why must my three keep out of sight
Beneath the vicious square root sign,
I wish instead I were a nine

For nine could thwart this evil trick,
with just some quick arithmetic

I know I’ll never see the sun, as 1.7321
Such is my reality, a sad irrationality

When hark! What is this I see,
Another square root of a three

As quietly co-waltzing by,
Together now we multiply
To form a number we prefer,
Rejoicing as an integer

We break free from our mortal bonds
With the wave of magic wands

Our square root signs become unglued
Your love for me has been renewed
Watch the movie clip on Youtube -- romantic, yes? I'm still technically on hiatus because of academic commitments, but I figure this counts as math.

ex.oh.ex.oh
Miss Couturable

P.S. Apparently someone used this poem to ask his girlfriend to prom -- Mr. Feinberg, you are amazing.
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