Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"Overheard in the Park": A review of The Advent of the Algorithm, byDavid Berlinski. Reviewed by Martin Davis. American Scientist,July/August 2000, pages 366-367.

This review is presented in the form of an imaginary conversation among threecontemporaries of Galileo. Over the course of the conversation, the reviewer's(mostly unfavorable) opinions about the book are revealed. For example, one ofthe three speakers says: "Although there is much of great interest in thisbook, not everyone will be attracted by the interspersed, apparently irrelevantfictions, and I personally was upset by carelessness with the history."

--- Allyn Jackson