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The Mathematical Intelligencer

, Volume 40, Issue 1, pp 79–79 | Cite as

Bounding a Sum on a Sleepless Evening (with apologies to Robert Frost)

Poem

Whose proofs these are, I think I know

He assigned the work a week ago.

The answers I have written here

Will make him jump and holler “No!”

Our careful prof will think it queer

The derivation stops right here.

I may have made a small mistake

But all the rest was very clear.

More time a better proof would make

But my brain is about to break.

And soon I shall but stop and weep

Because a final grade’s at stake.

My love of math is not so deep

This proof can take a flying leap.

And I go get myself some sleep

And I go get myself some sleep.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.DePaul UniversityChicagoUSA

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