Famous Mathematicians in Rhyme
See if you agree with me that each of the following poetry quatrains summarises the accomplishments of the mathematician described.
The father of geometry as we all know
was Euclid, axioms in tow.
Euclidean geometry is his legacy
explained in his Elements quite easily.
Sir Isaac Newton was a scientist formidable
whose research and musings were quite incredible.
Treatises on Calculus and his Principia delight
and for his laws of motion he was made a knight.
Using right triangles with sides a, b and hypotenuse c
Pythagoras showed relationships for you and me.
By squaring a and b and finding the total
you get c squared and become quite vocal.
Archimedes of Syracuse was a man of invention
whose thoughts and deeds often flouted convention.
After pondering the water displaced in his bath
He cried ‘Eureka, I now know the path’.
Mass times the square of the speed of light
Einstein did say has energy full of might.
On relativity which was once a mystery
he used frames of reference to find its history.
In ancient Alexandria Hypatia resided,
In mathematics and philosophy her life’s work decided.
Paving the way for female eminence
Her downfall was from religious intolerance.
Fibonacci’s number sequence astounds
by appearing in nature without any bounds.
The ratio of consecutive terms we know
leads to the Golden Ratio.
‘I think, therefore I am’ stated Descartes philosophically
and expounded on cartesian axes vertically and horizontally.
As the father of analytical geometry he tendered
much mathematics that will be remembered.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
Born in 1777 of German extraction,
in matters mathematical Gauss took much action.
His proficiency is well known here and far
especially for the fundamental theorem of Algebra.
Introduced in studies of logic and set theory
John Venn’s circles never were dreary.
Representing relationships in this fashion
was truly his one and only passion.
In the field of complex analysis it is said
Cauchy’s work was complex bred.
And his residue theorem was without parity
since it required no singularity.