# A Brief Journey in Discrete MathematicsLet Me Count the Ways

A Brief Journey in Discrete Mathematics: Let Me Count the Ways [Elizabeth Browning probably didn’t realize that she was really talking about mathematics when she penned her 43rd sonnet, How Do I Love Thee? This chapter provides a more comprehensive answer to this question than Browning was able to present in the remaining stanzas where she enumerates the ways she loves the veiled object of her sonnet. With the power of mathematics, equations are derived that provide a thorough enumeration, leaving no stone untouched. This is done through the simple expedient of selecting a set of items from a set. It is surprising, as when one falls in love, how fast innocent simplicity explodes into a tangled web of complexity. Perhaps this is what makes love stories, and mathematics, so enduringly interesting.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

# A Brief Journey in Discrete MathematicsLet Me Count the Ways

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
ISBN
978-3-030-37860-8
Pages
3 –26
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-37861-5_2
Publisher site
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### Abstract

[Elizabeth Browning probably didn’t realize that she was really talking about mathematics when she penned her 43rd sonnet, How Do I Love Thee? This chapter provides a more comprehensive answer to this question than Browning was able to present in the remaining stanzas where she enumerates the ways she loves the veiled object of her sonnet. With the power of mathematics, equations are derived that provide a thorough enumeration, leaving no stone untouched. This is done through the simple expedient of selecting a set of items from a set. It is surprising, as when one falls in love, how fast innocent simplicity explodes into a tangled web of complexity. Perhaps this is what makes love stories, and mathematics, so enduringly interesting.]

Published: Feb 12, 2020