He announces he’s created a new theorem

his first in over twenty centuries

It concerns the measurement of triangles

in eleven-dimensional space

The idea makes headlines

but the reporters don’t understand the math

The public are briefly baffled

soon forget the whole thing

Why worry about eleven dimensions

when you see only three

four at most if you count time

Meanwhile seven forgotten lines

form a supertriangle

that turns slowly around the unnamed axis

of the multiverse

Pythagoras wonders if he might find

some other universe to live in

one where everyone cares how many sides

a triangle has

On second thought he decides

it’s good to have a secret

begins work on the idea Pi represents

If the ratio of circumference to diameter

yields a number that goes on forever

then perhaps the circle does after all

contain the infinite

Infinity sounds far more interesting

than a mere eleven dimensions

If he finds a way to the other side

this time he’ll tell no one

Previously published in *Barbaric Yawp*