Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"The proof is out there": Review of four books. Reviewed by Andrew Bowler. New Scientist, 12 October 2002, page 52.

This brief review covers four books: The Philosophy of Mathematics, by James Robert Brown; Conversations with a Mathematician, by Gregory Chaitin; Mathematics Elsewhere, by Marcia Ascher; and Algebraic Number Theory and Fermat's Last Theorem, by Ian Stewart and David Tall. The books are all quite different; the theme of the review is that each book would give undergraduate students a quite different view on mathematics from that found in mathematics courses.

--- Allyn Jackson