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About that mathematical valentine poem…

February 16, 2009 pm28 10:56 pm

It bothered me that I didn’t know where it came from, and as it was passed to me at least third hand, without an author three hands away, I googled…

It was published by the MAA in a book called “777 Mathematical Conversation Starters” by John de Pillis, 2002. (Book looks fun, easy to read, very cute)

The original appeared in the Mathematics Teacher in 1965. The Author was Katherine O’Brien, and it appeared in Volume 58, #6, p.537

Maybe she was the original author. But those kinds of things… if she’s around, and we could find her, we could ask…

In the meantime, do I have a copyright issue? Do I need to take the poem down?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 17, 2009 pm28 11:01 pm 11:01 pm

    wow. you hate NCTM more than
    amazon-dot-com? wow.

    there’s no copyright violation
    till you get your cease-and-desist notice.
    this isn’t legal advice, of course…
    just “fair use” as interpreted by
    a lifetime undergrounder.

    • February 18, 2009 am28 11:28 am 11:28 am

      They provided cover for the garbage we spent 2 years getting out of the Bronx. Even as far as the Math Wars went, nothing that bad would have gotten into high schools had the NCTM raised even a slight question, but instead we got puff pieces. I resigned, and have no intention of rejoining.

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