Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"Sixteen steps to Isaac": Review of From Newton to Hawing, edited byKevin Knox and Richard Noakes. Reviewed by Roy Herbert. New Scientist, 17 April 2004,page 53.

This book is about the work of those who have held the Lucasian professorshipin mathematics at the University of Cambridge. The first was Isaac Barrow in1663; currently it is Stephen Hawking. Others on the list are Newton, Babbage,and Dirac. Reading this "staggering book" is a major enterprise, thereviewer writes. But the reader's reward is a journey "through a magnificenthistory of mathematics and physics, nothing less than humanity's constanteffort to understand the universe."

--- Allyn Jackson