# Mathematical Digest

### Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics

in the Popular Press

"The sum of the parts," by Jonathan Knight. *Nature,* 31 January 2002.

Knight reviews the play *Proof* by David Auburn. The reviewer notesthat the play is not intended to educate the audience about mathematics,rather, "mathematics is a theatrical tool, and he uses it with great skill."He notes that Auburn does a good job of giving us an inside look at theculture of mathematics, especially when "Hal tells Catherine it's a 'youngman's game.' Although the general public may know that maths is a fieldstill dominated by men, they may not know that many mathematicians worrythat their best years are quickly behind them." Knight admires how age,gender, and passion---as well as mathematics---come into play.

*--- Annette Emerson*