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Barbilian-Barbu—A Case Study in Mathematico-poetic Translation

Loveday Kempthorne et Peter Donelan
p. 337-360

Résumés

Les mathématiques et la poésie fonctionnent généralement dans différents domaines, en utilisant la langue et le symbole dans les domaines sémantiques apparemment disjoints. Dans cet article, nous explorons la production créative du poète/mathématicien roumain Ion Barbu/Dan Barbilian. Bien qu’il ait poursuivi activement ces disciplines à différents moments, il a beaucoup écrit sur les parallèles qu’il percevait entre les mathématiques et la poésie. Nous explorons à la fois sa poésie publiée et sa recherche mathématique pour suggérer un rôle pour la traduction de plusieurs façons. D’une part, le processus de traduction de sa poésie du roumain en anglais présente des défis intéressants et fait ressortir plusieurs allusions aux mathématiques. Sinon, son écriture mathématique, principalement en allemand, est conforme aux normes linguistiques qui sont maintenant en commun aux mathématiques dans la plupart des cultures, indépendamment de la langue. En conclusion, nous signalons la façon dont son travail aspire à un idéal de traduction intersémiotique entre la poésie et les mathématiques.

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Ce document sera publié en ligne en texte intégral en décembre 2017.

Plan

1. Introduction
2. The representation of knowledge
2.1. Semiotics
2.2. Aesthetics
3. Barbilian/Barbu
3.1. Barbilian: the mathematician
3.2. Barbu: the poet
4. Mathematics into poetry
5. Conclusion

Aperçu du texte

Domeniul poeziei nu este sufletul integral, ci numai această zonă privilegiată, unde răsună actele lirei. Este locul oricărei frumuseți inteligibile: înțelegerea pură, onarea geometrilor.

The domain of poetry is not the entire soul, but only that privileged part where echoes the playing of lyres. It is the place of all intelligible beauty: pure understanding, the honour of geometries.
Dan Barbilian/Ion Barbu, 1947.

1. Introduction

Dan Barbilian, Romanian mathematician, was pseudonymously Ion Barbu, symbolist poet. It is rare for one person to establish reputations in these two apparently disparate realms. Barbilian/Barbu, in written reflections on his ideal of a mathematical theory of poetry, provided an insight into the commonalities between them and his own attempts to create a poetry whose characteristics shared much with his conception of mathematics. In any study that seeks to illuminate connections between mathematics and poetry, Barbilian stands as a singular case.

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Loveday Kempthorne et Peter Donelan, « Barbilian-Barbu—A Case Study in Mathematico-poetic Translation », Signata, 7 | 2016, 337-360.

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Loveday Kempthorne et Peter Donelan, « Barbilian-Barbu—A Case Study in Mathematico-poetic Translation », Signata [En ligne], 7 | 2016, mis en ligne le 21 décembre 2017, consulté le 27 avril 2017. URL : http://signata.revues.org/1238 ; DOI : 10.4000/signata.1238

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Auteurs

Loveday Kempthorne

I was first introduced to symbolist poetry while studying French literature, simultaneously with completing a degree in mathematics. The expressive possibilities of the poetic text and the process of intellectual discovery were manifestly present in the creative process of formulating and solving a mathematical problem. This intuition led to conceiving an interdisciplinary project that became my doctoral thesis, completed in 2014.

Peter Donelan

I have been a working mathematician and lecturer for over 30 years. My research has been in the fields of singularity theory and algebraic geometry with applications in engineering. As an undergraduate at the University of Bristol, UK, I had the good fortune to study the philosophy of mathematics under Brian Rotman and this left me with an abiding interest in the nature of mathematical thought as well as its history. It was my further good fortune to encounter Loveday Kempthorne who introduced me to that rare breed of mathematician-poets that includes Barbilian/Barbu and who, with her knowledge of European languages, literature and mathematics, opened up an unexpected world that has led to this work.

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