The Scientific Indian

Piet Hein

          To Martin Gardner
“Lines that are parallel
meet at Infinity!”
Euclid repeatedly,
heatedly,
    urged
Until he died.
and so reached that vicinity:
in it he
found that the damned things
    diverged.

*Poem quoted from the book Imaginary Numbers
*Piet Hein

Comments

  1. #1 The Ridger
    February 26, 2007

    I love this. Thanks!

  2. #2 The Ridger
    February 26, 2007

    He was Danish? And he wrote these in English? I am doubly impressed.

  3. #3 bharath
    February 26, 2007

    don’t you know that how they map the plane into the sphere, by assuming all lines “converge” to “infinity”, which is a point.

  4. #4 Bill
    March 4, 2007

    It’s always nice to see another Piet Hein fan.

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