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A New Kind of Zoo: A silly poem that describes some strange beasts at a zoo.
Posted by Douglas, Apr 28, 2012. 1341 views. ID = 5602

A New Kind of Zoo

Posted by Douglas, Apr 28, 2012. 1341 views. ID = 5602
This post was written in 14 minutes.
Okay, there are a few silly puns in here. And in one place I deliberately misspelled something to give people a better chance at noticing the pun.
This post has been awarded 15 stars by 3 readers.

Algebra's a wondrous zoo that's filled
(To some degree) with fearsome animals,
And only operators wise and skilled
Can guard its radically eccentric halls.

The complex numbers make a fearful mess;
With angry snarls they tear and rip and rend,
And then they sigh, alas, for this distress:
They only have imaginary friends.

Exponential giraffes, from lofty heights
Look down on every product, every sum,
And every number (oh, pathetic sight!),
That lives in dreadful arithmetic slums.

Limitless in bravery and nerve,
Like snakes that slither on toward lines and rays,
The asymptotes and hyperbolic curves
Attempt to find escape roots in the clay.

While f(x), the lion of the grounds,
Snarls and shakes his fine Cartesian mane;
And hopes to range beyond his cruel bounds,
To rise and run beyond his small domain.

And if these cruel beasts are never tamed,
Then soon will come that dreadful Final hour
When students hang their heads in mortal shame,
And by innumeracy they are devoured.

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This post has been awarded 15 stars by 3 readers.
This post is part of a writing prompt: What You Have Tamed


Apr 29, 2012
Very cleverly written.My daughters revising for her finals studying maths at uni, so is living and breathing maths problems at the moment!
   ~Posted by alilee, Apr 29, 2012

May 1, 2012
I have come across almost all of those math terms in Math Team! : )
   ~Posted by MissAnnie, May 1, 2012

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