Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"Algorithms of Boundless Beauty": Review of Arabesques: Decorative Art inMorocco, by Jean-Marc Castéra. Reviewed by by Gregory Buck.Science, 20 April 2001, pages 445-446.

"The artists and craftsmen of Morocco...saw the beauty of geometrical andtopological algorithms a thousand years before Escher and Mandelbrot," thereviewer writes. The book is filled with excellent photographs of examples ofgeometrically based decorative art and is enhanced by "Castéra'sknowledgeable and insightful analysis." This is "one of the most beautifulbooks I have ever seen," the reviewer writes.

--- Allyn Jackson