The Intersection

Of Science And Love

Let science calculate, postulate, and hypothesize,
Offer theories for feelings we can’t rationalize,
Value a dopamine uptake equation.
Even so, love requires no explanation.

And with that I’m off to Beantown this Valentine’s Day for AAAS


  1. #1 James
    February 14, 2008

    Come, let us hasten to a higher plane,
    Where dyads tread the fairy fields of Venn,
    Their indices bedecked from one to n,
    Commingled in an endless Markov chain!

    Come, every frustum longs to be a cone,
    And every vector dreams of matrices.
    Hark to the gentle gradient of the breeze:
    It whispers of a more ergodic zone.

    In Riemann, Hilbert, or in Banach space
    Let superscripts and subscripts go their ways.
    Our asymptotes no longer out of phase,
    We shall encounter, counting, face to face.

    I’ll grant thee random access to my heart,
    Thou’lt tell me all the constants of thy love;
    And so we two shall all love’s lemmas prove,
    And in our bound partition never part.

    For what did Cauchy know, or Christoffel,
    Or Fourier, or any Boole or Euler,
    Wielding their compasses, their pens and rulers,
    Of thy supernal sinusoidal spell?

    Cancel me not — for what then shall remain?
    Abscissas, some mantissas, modules, modes,
    A root or two, a torus and a node:
    The inverse of my verse, a null domain.

    Ellipse of bliss, converge, O lips divine!
    The product of our scalars is defined!
    Cyberiad draws nigh, and the skew mind
    Cuts capers like a happy haversine.

    I see the eigenvalue in thine eye,
    I hear the tender tensor in thy sigh.
    Bernoulli would have been content to die,
    Had he but known such a^2 cos(2 phi)

    – Stanislaw Lem, translated by Michael Kandel

  2. #2 Orrin
    February 15, 2008

    Sheril, Did you write this? A google search online didn’t find it. It’s great and I’d like to quote this on the physics class I teach. Would you give me the author? Thanks

  3. #3 Sheril R. Kirshenbaum
    February 15, 2008

    Thanks Orrin, and yes, I composed it. Glad you enjoyed.

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