My previous post (Poetry, Science & Math, OR why I love the web) mentioned a challenge by Sue VanHattum of “Math Mama Writes” to “write a little kids’ poem … and that tells of the beauty of math, or, that mentions math and challenge, both in a positive way.” Well, I got inspired and took a part of my lunch break today to write something up. I am not sure it technically fits Sue’s challenge but here it is none the less. [If you are interested in learning more about the history and mathematics behind Goldbach’s Conjecture, one of the oldest unsolved problems in mathematics, check Goldbach’s Conjecture on Wikipedia.]

**Goldbach’s Conjecture**

Goldbach, a mathematician, serious and stern

Many years ago noticed a pattern

He wrote, to Euler, the math genius

Here is something, he said, to excite us!

I have seen, he scribbled, with my imagination

That every even digit

(except two, which doesn’t fit)

Can be broken into a partition

Of two primes which add

To the original even digit

(Now, Euler, don’t fidget!)

But isn’t that totally rad!

Now since that day this simple thesis

Remains just that, a hypothesis

Forcing number lovers to lose their slumber

As they try to prove, primes in pairs can add up to any even number.

(Two is the exception, as we said before

Which is, come to think of it, a bit of a bore).

You can see an original of the letter that Goldbach wrote to Euler at mathisgoodforyou.com.

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