Growing New Algebra
About Amalie Emmy Noether (1882-1935), Mathematician
She nurtured and conserved numbers,
as though they were hers to blossom.
Young men flocked to find her secrets,
till they found their own way to grow.
She was drawn to Math, pretty Math.
She mixed algebra with physics
took a’s and b’s to a new breed
of y’s and z’s – as meticulous,
they say, as tropical orchids.
She dreamed of colors, atom bits, shapes,
and planet whorls. Even kernel rings.
As formulae tumbled from her mouth,
they re-bred nature’s laws. And were loud.
Published Kelsey Review, Fall 2018