# Mathematical Digest

### Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics

in the Popular Press

"Magical numbers innature," by John Whitfield. *Nature Science Update,* 12 October 2001.

This is an interview with Ian Stewart in which Stewart talks about his latestbook *What Shape is a Snowflake?* and about the role that mathematics plays inother sciences, especially in biology. Along the way, the topics of chaos,symmetry, and bifurcations are touched on. Stewart predicts that a new kind ofscience and mathematics will emerge from the linking of mathematical ideas,such as dynamics and fractals, with the information that comes out of genetics,biochemistry, and DNA.

*--- Mike Breen*