Mathematical Constance (A Poem Dedicated to Constance Reid)
I think that I shall never see
A constant lovelier than e,
Whose digits are too great too state,
And e has such amazing features
It's loved by all (but mostly teachers).
With all of e's great properties
Most integrals are done with … ease.
Theorems are proved by fools like me
But only Euler could make an e.
I suppose, though, if I had to try
To choose another constant, I
Might offer i or phi or pi.
But none of those would satisfy.
Of all the constants I know well,
There's only one that rings the Bell.
Not pi, not i, nor even e.
In fact, my Constance is a she.
It's Constance Reid, I would not fool ya'
With Books like Hilbert, Courant, and Julia.
Of all the constants you will need,
There’s only one that you should Reid.
© 2001 Mathematical Association of America
Benjamin, Arthur T. (2001). Mathematical Constance. American Mathematical Monthly, 108(5): 423.