Pythagoras in Trousers

Pythagoras of Samos and of the theorem

may have been one of the first

Greeks to wear trousers instead of skirts.

A universe odd and even, cosmic opposites,

squares and triangles, structure and event.


Suggested by reading Pythagoras’s Trousers: God, Physics, and the Gender War by Margaret Wertheim

Naming Infinity


Did you think “number”? It’s no number.

Without limits.  That symbol – a lemniscate – mathematical

turned mystical, which is far better because

the former sounds “knowable” and we know

only that it’s not. We can’t even name it.


(Inspired by Naming Infinity: A True Story of Religious Mysticism and Mathematical Creativity which left me knowing less about infinity and still unable to name it.)