Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"The Witch of Agnesi." NewScientist, 14 June 2003, page 51.

This brief piece tells the story of the how the name "the witch of Agnesi" cameto be attached to a certain planar curve. Maria Agnesi was not a witch butan 18th century child prodigy who excelled in philosophy and mathematics.

--- Allyn Jackson