Mathematical Digest Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics in the Popular Press "Speaking of Mathematics," by Brian Hayes. American Scientist, MarchApril 1996, pages 110113. "Profile: T. V. Raman. Envisioning Speech," by W. Wayt Gibbs. Scientific American, September 1996, pages 5254. These two articles discuss the challenge of building computer devices that convert text to speech when the text contains mathematical expressions. T. V. Raman, a blind mathematician and computer scientist who now works for Adobe Systems, formulated such a device in his doctoral dissertation in 1994. He has constructed a highlevel programming language that controls the way mathematical expressions are spoken by a computer voice synthesizer. Allyn Jackson
