And In These Times of Great Changes, Chaos and Conflict, A Little Levity for Our Souls’ Sake

My favorite limerick:

There was a young fellow from Trinity
Who took the square root of infinity
But the number of digits
Gave him the fidgets;
He dropped Math and took up Divinity.

—with thanks to the late George Gamow, the physicist, who used the doggerel on the frontispiece of his One two three … infinity, Viking Press.

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