# Mathematical Digest

### Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics

in the Popular Press

"Math or Mat". Random Samples, *Science*, 23 January 1998, page 487.

Some scholars have argued that decorative patterns in Egyptian burial chambersimply that the Egyptians understood sophisticated mathematical ideas aboutsymmetry. This brief item discusses the work of mathematician MarjorieSenechal, who has set out to debunk this argument.

*--- Allyn Jackson*