Mathematical Haiku
J. L. Alperin

Poems in haiku style; mathematical haiku are not haiku

Referee's Report

Beautiful theorem
The basic lemma is false
Reject the paper

Oral Exam

Questions like arrows
I give proofs, like swatting flies
Then smiles, all around

Fermat's Last Theorem

A marginal note
Enigma for centuries
A theorem of Wiles


Eighteen families
Twenty-six sporadic groups
All the simple ones

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