Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"Networking can be hazardous," by Philip Ball. Nature Science Update,9 March 2001.

This brief article discusses models for the spread of Internet viruses. Pastattempts to understand the spread of these viruses mistakenly assumedsimilarity to biological viruses. Computer viruses have a very differentbehavior and call for different kinds of mathematical models.

--- Allyn Jackson