# Mathematical Digest

### Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics

in the Popular Press

"In Goedel and Cantor, Madness as Accessory to Genius," by Carlin Romano.*Chronicle of Higher Education,* 8 September 2000, page B10.

This article presents some reflections on two recent books: a biography ofGeorg Cantor called *The Mystery of the Aleph,* by Amir Aczel, and abiography of Kurt Goedel called *Goedel: A Life of Logic,* by John L.Casti and Werner DePauli. According to the article, these books presentmatter-of-fact portrayals of mad geniuses without attempting to understand theinteraction of madness and genius. "[I]n both books, it's as if Cantor andGoedel are mainly sets of theses, their messy autobiographies included as derigeur color, rather than as challenges to their analytical brilliance,"Romano writes.

*--- Allyn Jackson*