Mathematical Digest Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics in the Popular Press "Some things never change": Review of Discovery of Cosmic Fractals, by Yurij Baryshev and Pekka Teerikorpi. Reviewed by Marcus Chown. New Scientist,25 January 2003, page 52. This book discusses a new idea about the fractal nature of the universe, put forth by Benoit Mandelbrot and Luciano Pietronero. Nearby, the distribution of galaxies has a fractal character, but most astronomers think the distribution becomes homogeneous farther away. Mandelbrot and Pietronero claim the universe should exhibit the telltale fractal feature of selfsimilarity on all observable scales. Calling this claim "bold and controversial," the reviewer writes, "[t]his is a stimulating book, more than half of which stands alone as a firstrate historical primer on astronomy and cosmology."  Allyn Jackson
