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Poetry. Emily Galvin, as much a mathematician as poet, explores the connection between poetry and science in her book DO THE MATH. Galvin uses the Fibonacci sequence and other mathematical formulas to create undeniably compelling and imaginative poems and short lyrical plays. But no mere math exercises, these poems brim with emotional insight and extraordinary wit. A significant community of readers, writers, and bloggers are treading the crossroads where math and poetry intersect and creating something entirely new and viscerally affecting. Emily Galvin is one of the heralds of this new movement with this dazzling collection in which science does not limit art, but enriches it. Includes a foreword by Barry Mazur, leading Harvard mathematician.
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Emily Galvin was born in Iowa City, Iowa, to poets James Galvin and Jorie Graham. She was raised traveling between Iowa, Italy, and the mountains of Wyoming before attending Harvard in the class of 2004. She graduated from Harvard with a degree in English and American Literature and Language, and is currently attending Stanford Law School. Do the Math is her debut with Tupelo Press.Review:
Emily Galvin is actually trying to be formulaic with a mashup of poetry and numbers in Do the Math (Tupelo Press, 2008), an effort which plays considerably better than it should. Poems and spoken exchanges of dialogue are based on the intervals inherent in fractals, the Fibonacci sequence, the Golden Ratio, and so on, counting by lines, words, syllables, or spaces. Galvin gets around the problem of mechanical over-regimentation by allowing speakers to loan or borrow the odd word through interruptions. The central problem is the approximation of communicationhow our notions can almost converge without ever aligning completely. These pieces reflect thinking which is too nuanced to dismiss as pure novelty."" Todd Mercer, ForeWord Magazine (July-August, 2008) --Review
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