Rodica Simion immigrated to the United States from Romania. She was a Professor of Mathematices at George Washington University untill her untimely death on January 7, 2000. Her poem “Immigrant complex” appeared in : “Against Infinity”, An Anthology of Contemporary Mathematical Poetry, edited by Ernest Robson and Jet Wimp, 1979, p. 66. Published by Primary Press, Parker Ford, PA, and Jet Wimp, Drexel University.
I have a complex not simplicial (it is-in fact- involved) not a cell-complex (my cells are fine) not a CW complex (I have no com- plexion no weight problems) it is a language complex my thinking is of class C-one even C-infinity it does not matter: my speech approximates it by linear functions only my talk (being merely polygonal) wastes my C-n (n > > 0) mind A painting drawn by Rodica Simion to celebrate the appearance of Richard Stanley's book: "Enumerative Combinatorics II." Doron Zeilberger's article on Rodica can be found here.