Mathematical Digest
Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics in the Popular Press"Newton's Rational Mechanics": Review of Newton's Gift: How Sir Isaac NewtonUnlocked the System of the World, by David Berlinski. Reviewed by HugoRossi. American Scientist, MarchApril 2001, page 184. According to the review, this book provides an accessible account of the mainideas contained in Newton's Principa. Despite some ``florid linguisticembellishments'' that tend to obscure some of the concepts discussed, thereviewer finds that Berlinski's exposition of the structure of Newton'srational mechanics is ``excellent.''  Allyn Jackson
