A lovely poem. About math. And two end lines that every academic can appreciate.
by David Ng
“Stopping by Euclid’s Proof of the Infinitude of Primes,” by Presbyterian College mathematician Brian D. Beasley, “with apologies to Robert Frost”:
Whose proof this is I think I know.
I can’t improve upon it, though;
You will not see me trying here
To offer up a better show.
His demonstration is quite clear:
For contradiction, take the mere
n primes (no more), then multiply;
Add one to that … the end is near.
In vain one seeks a prime to try
To split this number — thus, a lie!
The first assumption was a leap;
Instead, the primes will reach the sky.
This proof is lovely, sharp, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And tests to grade before I sleep,
And tests to grade before I sleep.
(From Mathematics Magazine 78:2 [April 2005], 171.)