Three Mathematical Limericks
by Jonathan Rosenberg
December 2004
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A mathematician named Haar
Proved a fact that is far over par
That each group has a measure
Designed for your pleasure
Whose Lp-spaces help you go far.
A mathematician named Euler
Was really quite of a toiler
He wrote so many books
People gave him bad looks
Which didn't faze that blind fellow Euler.
The zeros of zeta of z
Are all predicted to be
Lined up in a line
And it sure would be fine
If the person to prove it were me.
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The problem of P and NP
Is not everyone's cup of tea,
But a smart one to take up
This matter could shake up
The theory of complexity.
Dedicated to Jeff Adams:
If you want lots of stuff on your plate,
Try decomposing the reps of E_8.
A computer could do it
But took hours to chew it
Maybe computing much faster's your fate.
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December 2012
Ode to Hill-Hopkins-Ravenel
The mathematician Kervaire
Posed a problem with plenty of flair.
Now all cases are done
Except five cubed plus one.
Special manifolds are really rare.
Riemann-Roch in a nutshell
Take a curve with a genus of g
And line bundle that let us call V.
Then count all the sections
And subtract reflections.
Answer's n plus a "one minus g".