# Mathematical Digest

### Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics

in the Popular Press

"Newton's Rational Mechanics": Review of *Newton's Gift: How Sir Isaac NewtonUnlocked the System of the World,* by David Berlinski. Reviewed by HugoRossi. *American Scientist,* March-April 2001, page 184.

According to the review, this book provides an accessible account of the mainideas contained in Newton's *Principa.* Despite some ``florid linguisticembellishments'' that tend to obscure some of the concepts discussed, thereviewer finds that Berlinski's exposition of the structure of Newton'srational mechanics is ``excellent.''

*--- Allyn Jackson*