Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"In Search of Interior Riches": Review of Geometrical Landscapes: TheVoyages of Discovery and the Transformation of Mathematical Practice, byAmir R. Alexander. Reviewed by Reuben Hersh. American Scientist,May-June 2003, pages 279-280.

This book draws parallels between the English discoveries in the New World inthe 1600s and the mathematical work at about the same time, before calculus.Hersh goes along with the author on some of the parallels, but not all andwonders, "how much he [Alexander] consulted with mathematicians."

--- Mike Breen