Mathematical Digest


Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"Tangled Tales," by Hans Christian Von Baeyer. The Sciences, Spring 2001.

The notorious counter-intuitiveness of quantum mechanics has made it harder than classical physics for the public to grasp. To render some of quantum mechanics' bizarre notions accessible, Von Baeyer argues that storytelling is crucial, as exemplified by Schrödinger's famous cat. Von Baeyer spins two tales in which the quantum physical notion of entangled particles provides the key to winning games with grand stakes---survival and riches. Well worth a read, the article is written with gusto and the games have mathematical interest. However, they seem a bit farfetched to attract the genuine interest of the non-scientifically inclined.

--- Rafe Jones