Tuesday, March 29, 2005

guts, glory, and mathematics.

I think it certainly takes guts and brilliance to answer a mathematics question with a haiku.

what happens to solutions of dispersive systems when dispersion tends to zero.

It is a rather surprising new phenomenon, but not easy to express in layman's terms. In a report to the American Philosophical Society I put it into the form of haiku:

Speed depends on size
Balanced by dispersion
Oh, solitary splendor.


from an article on Dr. Peter D. Lax in NYTimes.

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