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Three Haiku: What is Mathematics


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.