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Three Haiku: What is Mathematics

1981

Fire and Ice


Strange anomaly:

the flame of intuition

frozen in rigor.

 

Faith and Reason


Strands of axioms

intertwining with logic

in convolution.

 

Truth and Beauty


Crucible of proof

outshining alabaster,

outlasting marble.

Katherine O'Brien

Source: The Mathematical Association of America, American Mathematical Monthly, Volume 88, Number 8, October 1981.