Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"Ocean devotion," by James Woodford. The Age, 9 January 2004.

The author, a body surfing enthusiast, consulted mathematician professor Neville de Mestre (Bond University in Queensland) on the mathematics of body surfing. De Mestre's analysis begins with research on how waves carry inanimate objects to shore, and then describes the optimum shapes and acceleration techniques for body surfers, depending on wave shape and water depth.

--- Annette Emerson