Few these days remember to ask,
How many angels can dance
on the point of a pin?
Angels have no more dimensions
Than points in a line.
They take up no space,
Though they do take up time,
No matter what number you pick,
More angels always come to dance.
Never make fun of those who ask
How dimensionless points
can add up to a line.
A woman mathematician once
Took me out to lunch—because that’s
The sort of rare breed women
mathematicians are—to tell me
I think of numbers like a poet,
Not a mathematician. She said,
“Go major in poetry and be happy.”
So I divide by zero all the time.
The answer is always infinite.
Those who call infinity meaningless
Seem to merely fear its implications.
Given an infinity of dimensionless points,
Like flocks of angels coming endlessly to dance,
They become a length, a height, a width
(Exact numbers need a different sleight of hand),
Because infinity times zero equals everything