Oyster Boy Review 08  
  January 1998
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The Hidden Passions of Mathematicians

Debra Kaufman

Step into the garden of conjectures and see
my Julia sets are uniformly perfect.
Forget your nilpotence and steenrod algebras,
my theta divisor is very ample.
In this land of lemmata,
you'll glide with the smoothness of Kelley
and I, I'll gather the perverse sheaves
and quivers and we'll dance
'til our zeta functions converge.
Sipping modular moonshine, we'll reach
the highest eigenvalue without effort.
In this holomorphic vector field
with totally degenerate zeroes,
we may even discover the essence of chaos.