This equivoque depends on willfully mixing up the various meanings of the Greek word logos (λoγoς).

 

logos

1. ratio, proportion  (logarithm)

2. word (logophile, logorrhea)

3. speech (dialogue)

4. calculation (rabdology)

5. reasoning (logic)

 

For a full discussion see on the Greek word logos see

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logos

http://users.california.com/~rathbone/greek.htm

http://www.studylight.org/lex/grk/view.cgi?number=3056

 

 

Using the meaning “word” for logos, we have

 

logarithm  »  logo + rhythm  »  word rhythm  »  poetry.

 

 

The actual etymology of logarithm is based on the meaning “proportion” for logos.

 

logarithm  »  log + arithm  »  proportional number.

 

Note: arithmos (αριθμoς) is Greek for number.

 

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logarithm

 

 

 


There are many fine examples of “mathematical” poetry.  Two of my favorites are

 

Arithmetic

Carl Sandburg

 

Euclid alone

Edna St.Vincent Millay

 

 

I have put together a small collection of sites with “mathematical” poetry here.