Math Digest
Summaries of Media Coverage of Math
Edited by Allyn Jackson, AMS
Contributors: Mike Breen (AMS), Claudia Clark (freelance science writer), Lisa DeKeukelaere (Brown University), Annette Emerson (AMS)

2005 Math Digest
December 2005

Articles about the largest prime number found to date, December 2005 and January 2006

"Mathematician/Counterterror Entrepreneur: Jonathan Farley," Seed, December 2005/January 2006

Articles about Michael Viscardi, Top Winner in 2005 SiemensWestinghouse Competition, December 2005

"Pulling the Strings": Review of Hiding in the Mirror: the Mysterious Lure of Extra Dimensions, from Plato to String Theory and Beyond, by Lawrence M. Krauss, Nature, 22 December 2005

"Busted: The gold standard of digital security lies in tatters," New Scientist, 17 December 2005

"Math class proves Smarties fun fact isn't true," CBC News, 16 December 2005

"NUMB3RS gets real 'Science Guy'," The Indianapolis Star, 15 December 2006

"The Rembrandt Code," Wired Magazine, 13 December 2005

"Researcher says math can protect border," El Paso Times, 12 December 2005

"Mathematiker mit poetischer Begabung (Mathematician with poetic talent)," Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 11 December 2005

"Proof that roundabouts drive us round the bend,: Life Style Extra, 10 December 2005

"BCS Schemers Are Looking Out for No. 1," The Washington Post, 10 December 2005

"The Numbers Guy," Chronicle of Higher Education, 9 December 2005

"Shining early," Science, 9 December 2005

"Warped geometry speeds airline boarding," News@nature.com", 9 December 2005;
"Israeli researchers fly by the numbers," Israel21c 18 December 2005

"Old muskie record catching attention," Chicago SunTimes, 7 December 2005;
"Muskie math: Worldrecord story just doesn't add up," St. Paul Pioneer Press, 11 December 2005

"Maths stabilises wobbly tables," ABC News Online (Australia), 5 December 2005

"Odds are, lotto ticket a wasted dollar," Allentown Morning Call, 4 December 2005

"Risk of severe asthma episodes predicted from fluctuation analysis of airway function," Nature, 1 December 2005

"A calculated effort," The Boston Globe, 1 December 2005

"Littlest Butterfly," Discover Magazine, December 2005
November 2005

"The Marvels of PostScript": Review of Mathematical Illustrations, by Bill Casselman, American Scientist, NovemberDecember 2005

"Bettor Math," American Scientist Online, NovemberDecember 2005

"Plumbing the Depths of Rumor Research": Interview with Martin Bourgeois, National Public Radio, 28 November 2005
"Is there anybody in there?," New Scientist, 26 November 2005

"Montreal math whiz is scrabble champ," Montreal Gazette, 21 November 2005;
"Montreal mathematician crowned world Scrabble champ," CTV.ca, 21 November 2005;
"Canadian wins world Scrabble title," The Canadian Jewish News, 15 December 2005

"Wellesley math whiz adds $2,000 scholarship," Boston Herald, 21 November 2005

"Die Mathematik beginnt zu erzählen (Mathematics starts to narrate)", Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 20 November 2005

"Problems to Sharpen the Young," Science News Online, 19 November 2005

"Spies, lies and butterflies," New Scientist, 19 November 2005

"Moments of truth," New Scientist, 19 November 2005

"Tube Route," Science, 18 November 2005
"Dimensions of superspreading," Nature, 17 November 2005

"Math professor wins science award," Newsday, 17 November 2005;
"Nation's pride," Science, 2 December 2005

"Baseball prediction takes a geeky turn," USA Today, 13 November 2005

"U.S. kids say math doesn't count much," BostonHerald.com, 12 November 2005

"Math problems too big for our brains," Windsor Star (Canada), 8 November 2005

"DaVinci Declassified," The Learning Channel, 6 November 2005

"Pushing the Limit," Science News Online, 5 November 2005

"Crowd synchrony on the Millennium Bridge," Nature, 3 November 2005
October 2005

Articles about Nobel Prize to Robert J. Aumann, October 2005

Articles about event on mathematics and popular culture, October 2005

Articles about NAS report on federal support for science and math, October 2005

Letter to the Editor, Ms. Magazine, Fall 2005

Review of Complexities: Women in Mathematics, edited by Bettye Anne Case and Anne M. Leggett. Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 30 October 2005

Big Ideas, TVOntario, 29 October 2005

"Abstract art appreciation is all about the hidden fractals," New Scientist, 29 October 2005

"Never give up": Interview with Timothy Gowers, New Scientist, 29 October 2005

"Math + drama = $100,000 award," The Globe and Mail, 26 October 2005

"Rechnen mit dem Talmud (Computing with the Talmud)," Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 23 October 2005

"Math whiz gives lecture at UNL," Lincoln Journal Star, 22 October 2005

"Evolution of indirect reciprocity,"Nature, 22 October 2005

"France: A Knot Mathematician, With a Twist," Science, 21 October 2005

"Math in Today's World," New York Times, 15 October 2005

"NUMB3RS Racks Up Plaudits At Conference," The Hartford Courant, 10 October 2005

"Meins klingelt anders (Mine rings differently)," Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 9 October 2005

"Who Knew Math Was So Prime Time," Los Angeles Times Magazine, 9 October 2005

"Who Knew?" The Chronicle of Higher Education, 7 October 2005

"Math comes alive in whimsical Alice's Numberland", The Providence Journal, 6 October 2005

Review of Saunders Mac Lane: A mathematical autobiography, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 5 October 2005

"Who's Counting: Risks and Rewards," ABCnews.com, 2 October 2005

"Brilliant 10: Maryam Mirzakhani," Popular Science, October 2005

"Information Takes Shape," Discover, October 2005
September 2005

Reviews of Coincidences, Chaos and All That Math Jazz, by Edward Burger and Michael Starbird, September and October 2005

"Group Theory in the Bedroom," American Scientist, SeptemberOctober 2005

"The Incomplete Gödel": Review of Incompleteness, by Rebecca Goldstein, and A World Without Time, by Palle Yourgrau, American Scientist, SeptemberOctober 2005

"The Music of the Primes," BBC FOUR, 28 September 2005

"Alle Wege führen nach Parisund Anchorage" ("All Roads Lead to Parisand Anchorage"), Neue Zürcher Zeitung am Sonntag, 25 September 2005

"Mothers Driving Cycles": Review of Ecological Orbits, by Lev Ginzburg and Mark Colyvan, Science, 23 September 2005

"Playing Patterns." NetWatch, Science, 23 September 2005

"For Fry's It's a Prime Time to Support Higher Math," Los Angeles Times, 20 September 2004

"Chaos", New Scientist, 17 September 2005

"Dirac's hidden geometry," Nature, 15 September 2005

"New study sums up math debate," Newsday, 13 September 2005

"Eine Formel fürs passende Geschenk" ("A formula for the appropriate gift"), Neue Zürcher Zeitung am Sonntag, 11 September 2005

"The Dismal Rhetoric of Economics; Teaching Math With Pineapples, Chronicle of Higher Education, 9 September 2005

"The Kidney Connection: Math Makes A Match," Time Online, 4 September 2005

"Hey, Jerk. I'm Talking to You" Chronicle of Higher Education, 2 September 2005

"Symmetry by numbers": Review of The Equation that Couldn't be Solved, by Mario Livio, Nature, 1 September 2005
August 2005

Articles on SAT math scores, August and September 2005

Articles on Incan knotted strings (khipu), August 2005

"Science and Society," World Talk Radio, 31 August 2005

"Breakout!" New Scientist, 27 August 2005

"Film review: Proof," Reuters, 26 August 2005

"Exploring Microbial DiversityA Vast Below," Science, 26 August 2005

"Numbers game," BBC News International, 23 August 2005

"Hypothesizing Women," Tallahassee Democrat, 21 August 2005

"Mathematical recipes," New Scientist, 20 August 2005

"Back to School Means Back to Math," New York Times, 16 August 2005

"Fight for the naked quark," New Scientist, 13 August 2005

"Searching for Intelligence in Edinburgh," The Register, 10 August 2005

"Mathematician reveals flaws in Japan's war code," ABC Online (Australia), 9 August 2005

"Professor Ekhad meldet sich nicht" ("Professor Ekhad is not responding"), Neue Zürcher Zeitung am Sonntag, 7 August 2005

"Prime time," New Scientist, 6 August 2005

"Hurricanes get boost from ocean spray," Science News, 6 August 2005;
"Sea spray likely whips winds to hurricane force," USA Today, 6 August 2005

"Count Themselves Lucky," Nature, 4 August 2005

"What's the plot?" Nature, 4 August 2005

"Putting certainty in the bank," Nature, 4 August 2005
July 2005

"Life Cycles," American Scientist, JulyAugust 2005

"Football by the Numbers" and "A Home for Wayward Math Problems," The Boston Sunday Globe, 31 July 2005

"Flawed Statistics in Murder Trial May Cost Expert His Medical License," Science, 22 July 2005

"Harvard Researchers Discuss Systems Biology," BioIT World, 21 July 2005

"U math institute bugs its way to record grant," Star Tribune, 20 July 2005

"The professor's days are numbered," The Boston Globe, 18 July 2005

"Geheimnisse, die sich in Zahlen verbergen", Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 17 July 2005

"Math and Science Are a Scream for Students in a Course on RollerCoaster Design," The Chronicle of Higher Education, 15 July 2005

"DataPoint: Steady strides," Science, 15 July 2005

"9YearOlds Said Better in Math, Reading," Guardian Unlimited, 14 July 2005

"Floating ideas," The Guardian UK, 12 July 2005

"Take it to the limit," New Scientist, 9 July 2005

"Teaching Qubits New Tricks," Science, 8 July 2005

"Professor Blackjack," episode in Breaking Vegas, The History Channel, 5 July 2005

"A Book With a Theory of Everything?," ABC News, 3 July 2005

"You Are What Your Record Is (Except When You're Not)," The New York Times, 3 July 2005

"Gender Divide: Educators worrying more than in the past about shortage of women in such hardscience fields as engineering," WinstonSalem Journal, 3 July 2005

"Renaissance's Man: James Simons Does The Math on Fund," Wall Street Journal, 1 July 2005;
"Seeking the secrets of a `black box' investor," International Herald Tribune, 1920 November 2005

"What Don't We Know?", Science, 1 July 2005

"June Diary," The National Review Online, 1 July 2005

"Tilt! If Highrise Buildings Were Designed More Like Ships, Would They Float Upright During An Earthquake?," Discover, July 2005

"Hurtling Toward Chaos: When water slides reach a certain speed, no scientist can predict their behavior," Discover, July 2005

Articles on actress Danica McKellar becoming a mathematician, July 2005
June 2005

Articles on mathematical model of food supply poisoning, June and July 2005

"Landmarks on the Road to Modern Calculus": Review of The Calculus Gallery: Masterpieces from Newton to Lebesgue, by William Dunham, Science, 24 June 2005

"Probing Performance Gaps": Review of Gender Differences in Mathematics: An Integrative Psychological Approach, edited by Ann M. Gallagher and James C. Kaufman, Science, 24 June 2005

"A glance at the current issue of Notices of the American Mathematical Society: Appreciating the beauty and magic of mathematics," The Chronicle of Higher Education, 23 June 2005

"Grassroots Math Guide," Science, 17 June 2005

"Trade secret," Science, 17 June 2005

"Modellers measure `word of mouth' for films," news@nature.com, 14 June 2005

"A perfect fit," Science, 10 June 2005, page 1547

"Can Get Satisfaction," Nature, 9 June 2005

"Game for some roadtrip fun?," The Chicago Tribune, 5 June 2005
May 2005

Obituaries for George Dantzig, May 2005

Reviews of Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel, May 2005

"Third Time Proves Charm for PrimeGap Theorem," Science, 27 May 2005

"Learning curve," Science, 27 May 2005

"Juggling the Numbers," The Chronicle of Higher Education, 27 May 2005

"Mathematician lauded for (corrected) research," San Jose Mercury News, 25 May 2005

"Abel prize awarded to Peter Lax," BBC NEWS, UK Edition, 25 May 2005;
"Abomb pioneer wins mathematics prize," CNN.com, 24 May 2005

"Effectiveness of biometric ID system in doubt", United Press International, 23 May 2005

"Count Him In," Washington Post, 23 May 2005

Articles on the Sudoku puzzle craze:
"Can you digit?", Guardian Unlimited, 20 May 2005;
"Insanity by numbers," Guardian Unlimited, 17 May 2005

"As easy as 1, 1, 2, 3 ...," The Guardian, 12 May 2005

"US gives stamp of approval to scientists," Nature, 12 May 2005

"Learn to love the equation," The Guardian, 9 May 2005

"Late Author, Teacher Demystified Calculus for Thousands," All Things Considered, National Public Radio, 9 May 2005

"Nature journalist scoops £10,000," news@nature.com, 9 May 2005

"'Math guy' has a knack for numbers," Mercury News, 9 May 2005

"Who's Counting: Math in Narratives," ABCnews.com, 1 May 2005

"Harvard professor offers services as Hollywood mathematician," Associated Press, 1 May 2005;
"Divide and Conquer," Boston Globe, 17 May 2005.

"Surprise! TV Gets the Math Right", Popular Science, May 2005
April 2005

Reviews of The Math Instinct: Why You're a Mathematical Genius (Along With Lobsters, Birds, Cats and Dogs) by Keith Devlin, April and May 2005

"Works in Progress," Science News, 30 April 2005

"Are we nearly there yet?" New Scientist, 30 April 2005

"Math Motherlode," NetWatch, Science, 29 April 2005

"Making Math Radioactive," Science Friday, National Public Radio, 29 April 2005

"Predicting with Unpredictability," Nature, 28 April 2005

"From ycubed to the GameCube: Math rules at Nintendo," The News Tribune, 25 April 2005

"Going beyond Fermat's last theorem," The Hindu, 25 April 2005

"Baseball's Leading Man of Math Has Some Second Thoughts About the Numbers," The New York Times, 24 April 2005

"Den besten Papst und den besten Song wählen", Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 24 April 2005

"Whatever happened to machines that think?", New Scientist, 23 April 2005

"Saunders Mac Lane, 95, Pioneer of Algebra's Category Theory, Dies", New York Times, 21 April 2005

"Noether's Novelty," National Review Online, 21 April 2005

"The power of staring," New Scientist, 16 April 2005

"Das Auswahlaxiom und seine Konsequenzen (The Axiom of Choice and its Consequences)," Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 13 April 2005

"The Proof," The Front Porch, 12 April 2005

"Capturing the Unicorn: How two mathematicians came to the aid of the Met," The New Yorker, 11 April 2005

"InterViews: Mathematics, with Joel Cohen," National Academies website, 11 April 2005

"Mathematical fluency is no easy equation," Orange County Register, 9 April 2005

"Manuscripts as Fossils," Science News, 9 April 2005

"Science Journal," The Wall Street Journal, 8 April 2005

"Math teacher resets the learning curve," USA Today, 5 April 2005

"Dem Geheimnis der Primzahlen auf der Spur": Review of Die Musik der Primzahlen (Music of the Primes), by Marcus du Sautoy, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 3 April 2005

"Born to Count," Science, 1 April 2005

"Math + Crime = Hit," Wired, April 2005

"Eiffel Equation," Discover, April 2005

"Stay Patient, Stay Alive," Discover, April 2005

Review of Chance: A Guide to Gambling, Love, the Stock Market & Just About Everything Else, by Amir D. Aczel,Discover, April 2005
March 2005

"Why W?" American Scientist, MarchApril 2005

"Anthropology for Mathematicians": Review of Symmetry Comes of Age: The Role of Pattern in Culture edited by Dorothy K. Washburn and Donald W. Crowe, and Embedded Symmetries, Natural and Cultural edited by Dorothy K. Washburn, American Scientist, MarchApril 2005

"The Man Who Defined Truth,": Review of Alfred Tarski: Life and Logic, by Anita Burdman Feferman and Solomon Feferman, American Scientist, MarchApril 2005

Articles on Peter Lax Receiving the 2005 Abel Prize, March 2005

"Proof and Beauty," The Economist, 31 March 2005

"Dot.compass," Greater Boston, 28 March 2005

"Student Scientists to Watch," Science News, 19 March 2005;
"Meet the Best and the Brightest," Business Week, 28 March 2005

"The neverending story. A guide to the biggest idea in the Universe: infinity": Review of The Infinite Book: A Short Guide to the Boundless, Timeless, and Endless by John D. Barrow, Nature, 24 March 2005

"Study Unravels the Mathematics of Wildfires," Scientific American, 22 March 2005

"UWMadison grad student makes math history," Wisconsin State Journal, 18 March 2005;
"Classic maths puzzle cracked at last," New Scientist, 21 March 2005;
"'Cranky' Proof Reveals Hidden Regularities," Science, 1 April 2005;
"Greeley math whiz cracks old equation," The Greeley Tribune, 17 April 2005

"New largest prime discovered," Science News, 19 March 2005

"Count on this": Review of Stalking the Riemann Hypothesis, by Dan Rockmore, New Scientist, 19 March 2005

"Artists on science: scientists on art," Nature, 17 March 2005

"Math confusion setting in," The Boston Globe, 16 March 2005

"Math competitors give no quarter," Providence Journal, 15 March 2005

"Donald Knuth, Founding Artist of Computer Science": Interview with Donald Knuth, NPR's "Morning Edition," 14 March 2005

"Mathematicians Get Crafty with Geometry": Interview with Daina Taimina and David Henderson, NPR's "All Things Considered," 13 March 2005

"Crunch time": Review of Electronic Brains, by Mike Hally, New Scientist, 12 March 2005

"QuickStudy: Wavelets," Computer World, 7 March 2005

"Who Says a Woman Can't Be Einstein?," Time, 7 March 2005

"Primed for Numbers," The Chronicle of Higher Education, 4 March 2005

"Mathematics and Biology: New Challenges for Both Disciplines," The Chronicle of Higher Education, 4 March 2005

"Flaw Found in DataProtection Method," Science, 4 March 2005;
"Chinese mathematician decodes two int'l cipher systems", People's Daily Online English, 29 March 2005

"The Feynman File," Discover, March 2005
February 2005

"Time Bandits," The New Yorker, 28 February 2005

"Too much information," New Scientist, 26 February 2005

"A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe": Interview with Roger Penrose, NPR's "Talk of the Nation," 25 February 2005

"Das Wunderkind der Mathematik," Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 23 February 2005

"So einfach ist es, einen Modetrend aufzuspüren," Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 20 February 2005

"'Origins of Cyberspace' To Be Auctioned By Christie's," InformationWeek, 17 February 2005;
"Relic of Computer History in New York Auction," Reuters, 18 February 2005

"Ramanujan's 'Lost Notebook' Astounds Americans," INDOlinkNRI News, 18 February 2005

"The spice of life," The Guardian, 17 February 2005

"Math skills survive linguistic damage," news@nature.com, 14 February 2005;
"Mathematics is a language on its own," The Economic Times Online, 17 February 2005

Obituary of Gerard Debreu, Times Online, 15 February 2005

"Origami as the Shape of Things to Come," New York Times, 15 February 2005

"You do sumthing to me," The Sun Newspaper Online, 13 February 2005;
"Get your calculator, you've just pulled," Scotland on Sunday, 13 February 2005

"Life on the Scales," Science News, 12 February 2005

"Pomona's Prime Number," The Chronicle of Higher Education, 11 February 2005

"Math luminary to show old masters' modern magic," Times of India, 9 February 2005

"Doing the Numbers Carefully Adds Up to a Bit of Mystery," The New York Times, 7 February 2005

"New findings supersize tsunami threat," Seattle PostIntelligencer, 7 February 2005

"Knot Divided in Snow," Science News Online, 5 February 2005

"Murder by numbers": Review of The Oxford Murders by Guillermo Martinez, The Guardian, 5 February 2005

"Cyberdad": Review of Dark Hero of the Information Age: In Search of Norbert Wiener, by Flo Conway and Jim Siegelman, New Scientist, 5 February 2005

"Math from the Ground Up," Science, 4 February 2005

"Freudian quips: Mathematicians' jokes betray a deepseated anxiety about the size of their proofs," Nature, 4 February 2005

"The Eye of the Beholder": Review of Symmetry and the Beautiful Universe, by Leon M. Lederman and Christopher T. Hill, Discover, February 2005

"Deconstructing Eiffel," Mechanical Engineering, February 2005
January 2005

"Naming Names," American Scientist, JanuaryFebruary 2005

"How to do an infinite number of things before breakfast," New Scientist, 29 January 2005

"Wolf Prizes," Science, 28 January 2005

"Learning from 100 Numbers," Science, 28 January 2005

"Romanesque networks," Nature, 27 January 2005

"Researchers explore mystery, and say gotcha," The Boston Globe, 27 January 2005;
"Secrets of the Venus Flytrap Revealed," NPR's Morning Edition, 27 January 2005

"Ein Diplomat mit Liebe für Zahlen und Schach," Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 23 January 2005

"Summers contrite about remarks," The Boston Globe, 20 January 2005;
"Summers storm," The Washington Post, 22 January 2005

"When Laziness Pays," Science News, 15 January 2005

"Handson Math Insights," Science News, 15 January 2005

"Cultural Icons," Science, 14 January 2005

"Caltech dons thinking cap for CBS: Math expert advises smart new TV series," Whittier Daily News, 9 January 2005

"Bridging the gap," Nature, 6 January 2005

"Go with the throw," New Scientist, 1 January 2005

"PrimeTime News," Discover, January 2005

More articles on the remarks by Harvard president Lawrence Summers, January and February 2005
