Abstract / Synopsis
This short poem is inspired by Robert Langlands, recipient of the 2018 Abel Prize. The poem tries to sum up in poetic language, as brief but substantial as it can be, the philosophical and rhetorical connotation of his contributions to mathematics, from automorphic forms to number theory, and the famous Langlands programme, among others. Also partly inspired by Edward Frenkel's tribute to Langlands, the book Love and Mathematics, the poem seeks to capture the philosophical beauty of mathematics that privileges the importance of 'functions' over 'passions', consistent with Langlands' purely mathematical side.
Virgilio A. Rivas, "Locked in Functions: A Short Poem for Robert Langlands," Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Volume 13 Issue 1 (January 2023), pages 301-302. . Available at: https://scholarship.claremont.edu/jhm/vol13/iss1/27