# Verse

## Priori, Alfred

Alfred Priori The Number of Angels That Can Dance on a Pin I HAVE not as yet read Mortimer J. Adler's The Angels and Us (Macmillan, 1982). In that book, according to an advertisement in The New...

...Scon if you will, with your nose out of joint...

...Divide all this by , and see if it checks, With the Vy times 3ex Then take logs of both sides, and sum over i. That will equal the weight of a large pumpkin pie...

...In that book, according to an advertisement in The New York Times Book Review (April ,4, 1982), Adler answers the age-old question: "How many angels can dance on the head of a pin...

...It's the number of angels that can dance on a pin...

...But this answer's correct to the nth decimal point...

...My own answer, derived independently - and by the use of impeccable mathematical reasoning - is given below: The number of angels that can dance on a pin, Equals one-half the price of a gallon of gin...

...Times the number of inches from here to the door, Plus 0.2 of the width, times the length of the floor...

...That's the number we seek, and please do not grin...

...Multiply that result by two tons of green hay, This will equal the distance from here to Bombay...

...Add the width of a rhombus to the height of a square, Plus three times the speed of a slow grizzly bear...

Vol. 109 • May 1982 • No. 10