# Mathematical Digest

### Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics

in the Popular Press

Reviews of *The Mystery of the Aleph,* by Amir Aczel. Reviewed by RichardBernstein, *New York Times,* 15 Novemeber 2000, and by Laurence A.Marschall, *The Sciences,* November/December 2000.

In *The Mystery of the Aleph,* Amir Aczel describes Georg Cantor'sstruggle to understand the infinite---a struggle that ended in his insanity.Laurence Marschall describes the book as "poignant," "an expert guide onCantor's voyage to the far reaches of abstraction." Richard Bernstein, whilefascinated by the story, suggests the book may not be for everyone: "Too often,Mr. Aczel races so quickly through difficult concepts that I suspect manyreaders will feel left behind."

*--- Kathryn Leonard*