Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"Mathematicians get fresh formula for web searches." Nature, 11 December 2003.

The journal's "News in Brief" section reports that researchers will meet inApril to discuss how to make an internet search engine based on MathML ("alanguage that describes the symbols used in equations and spells out themeaning of the equations as a whole")---as search engines now crawl the weblooking for keywords and phrases and usually miss mathematics equations becausethey are usually imported into web documents as images.

--- Annette Emerson