# Mathematical Digest

### Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics

in the Popular Press

"Narrative Plus Math Equals Sales," by Judith Rosen. *Publishers Weekly,*16 April 2001.

This full-page article by Rosen in the widely-circulated *PublishersWeekly* notes the popularity of recent mathematics and science-relatedbooks---both fiction and non-fiction. She explores the perennial sales ofEdwin A. Abbott's 1884 classic, *Flatland,* a mix of math and sciencefiction. The newest such book on the market is Ian Stewart's*Flatterland,* which is inspired by Abbott's work and is expected togenerate significant interest and sales. Rosen also notes other math-relatedbooks that are expected to appeal to the general reader because they areinterdisciplinary: *Radical Equations: Math Literacy and Civil Rights,* byRobert P. Moses and Charles E. Cobb, Jr., *Mathematical and PhysicalFormulae,* by Matthew Watkins, *Sacred Geometry,* by Miranda Lundy,and *Sun, Moon & Earth,* by Robin Heath.

*--- Annette Emerson *