## Math Is Hard

Here is the poem that I will be presenting at the Ignite session for AMATYC 2013 There are 50 slides that go with poem that I will try to upload later.

“Young man, in mathematics, you don’t understand things.

You just get used to them.” – John von Neuman

I am an instructor of mathematics.

I might not be a professor,

but with my might I profess, no more nor lesser

not like a passive polygon plastered across my back

a bumper sticker, allowing us to avoid eye contact

and not like a pierced cardioid tattooed “i less than three

math” out of sight, hidden underneath my sleeve

2MUCHTIMe time on my hands, too much has been achieved

A. Morgan, B. Russell, C. Gauss, D. Hilbert, E. Bell, F. Viete,

G.H. Hardy, I could go on naming them all day,

so mathematics boldly billboards across my chest

ignores sinusoidal fashion trends to project and express

a passion from my heart, a complex domain

a union of two parts, real and imagination, stain

countable Cartesian planes thirsty for a change

in position with respect to time, differentiate.

Sorry, off on a tangent, don’t want to complicate

or what’s that word, “remove one tenth”, decimate

a normal distribution, a significant sample of population

a standard deviation compressed by public comprehension

formulating sharp spikes out of any given Gaussian curve

to carve scars of G.P.A. and grade by grade serves

an affirmation of confirmation bias by such simple words

because everything you look for and all that you perceive,

has a way of proving what ever you believe.

“I’ve never been good at math”, “Letters are not math.”

“When I was in school, we didn’t do that type of math”,

“In all of my classes I have A’s, except for math.”

“I’ve been here for two years, trying to avoid math.”

These rationals expressions have a greatest common factor

that reduces down to an irrational thought of thereafter

“Math is hard.” Now, repeat with me class, “Math is hard.”

“Yes, math is hard.” now square that class, “Yes, math is hard!

Yes, math is hard! Thank God Almighty math is hard.”

Finding the expected value of math in any human’s life

the cost will always out weight, giving a negative fair price.

I mean, how is negative a squared is not the opposite of a squared

A false hypothesis for any conditional will be true. Who cares?

I care, but please listen, not because I’m a mathematician

I do not stand here on a soap box, a rectangular prism

My roots are at zero, neutral, with a compassionate grin

a parabola whose vertex is my chin, an understanding that begins

by knowing that math, a proper subset of life, battles with in

dancing to a divergent harmonic series, never to end.

Yes, math is hard. And so is life. “

*You just get used to them*”. That’s the truthno sugar coating, just 99.9 repeating percent absolute proof

But really, a victorious excuse “Math is hard!”. Where’s the logic?

Oh, here it is 2B V ~(2B), inclusive, exclusive how will you choose it?

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