Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"Proof, Amazement, and the Unexpected," by Reviel Netz. Science, 1 November 2002, pages967-970.

This is an article about Archimedes and some of the results he achieved. Thetitle refers to three of the themes that run together in his treatises. Theaccomplishments described in the article will be familiar to many, but Netzwrites about Archimedes with such enthusiasm that it is worth risking therepetition to read the article.

--- Mike Breen