Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press
"Soccer or Nascar, It's All the Same," by Jocelyn Selim. Discover, June2001.
"Thomas Cover analyzed how the probability of winning varies during a gameand found that it unfolds in every sport as what statisticians call a`random walk', a pattern analogous to the erratic motions of molecules inthe air," this article notes.
For another article on random walks, see "Scheduled Random Walks SkirtCollisions," by Ivars Peterson, Science News Online, 20 January2001.
--- Annette Emerson