William John Macquorn Rankine

(1820 - 1872 / Scotland)

William John Macquorn Rankine Poems

1. The Three Foot Rule 4/21/2010
2. The Mathematician In Love 1/3/2003

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The Mathematician In Love


A mathematician fell madly in love
With a lady, young, handsome, and charming:
By angles and ratios harmonic he strove
Her curves and proportions all faultless to prove.
As he scrawled hieroglyphics alarming.


He measured with care, from the ends of a base,
The arcs which her features subtended:
Then he framed transcendental equations, to trace
The flowing outlines of her figure and face,
And thought the result very splendid.


He studied (since music has charms for the fair)
The theory of fiddles and ...

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