Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

Review of Conversations with a Mathematician: Math, Art, Science, and theLimits of Reason, by Gregory Chaitin. Reviewed by David Lindley. New Scientist, 12 January 2002,page 44.

"This is a curious book," this brief review states. The book appears to besomething of a grab-bag, consisting of three lectures by Chaitin, as well asinterviews with him for television, magazines, and newspapers. Chaitindiscusses some of the mathematical areas to which he contributed, namelyundecidability and incompleteness questions, as well as his upbringing. Thereviewer confesses that "I'm not quite sure what this book is all about" butsays that he enjoyed reading it.

--- Allyn Jackson