Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"Juggling Act: A Profile of Ronald L. Graham," by John Horgan.Scientific American, March 1997, pages 28-29.

Ronald L. Graham is a juggler, gymnast, and a polyglot---not to mention amathematician. A prodigious worker who sits on the editorial boards of 40journals, Graham's main jobs are as chief scientist at AT&T Labs--Research andas part-time mathematics professor at Rutgers University. One of his mainmathematical interests is Ramsey theory, which according to Graham takes as itsguiding philosophy the notion that "complete disorder is impossible." Thisengaging article provides a glimpse of Graham's life and work.