# Mathematical Digest

### Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics

in the Popular Press

"Metaphors-R-Us: A New Book Explains How Math is Rooted in Metaphors, notDivine Inspiration," by John Allen Paulos. ABCNEWS.com, 1 February 2002.

Paulos contends that the film *A Beautiful Mind* perpetuates the beliefsthat "you're born with mathematical talent or you're not; one solves mathproblems instantaneously, and/or the source of mathematical insight isunfathomable." He happily reports that *Where Mathematics Comes From,* abook by linguist George Lakoff and psychologist Rafael Nunez, combats theseimpressions. But Paulos also concludes that both works "remind us of the warmbodies from which this beauty [of mathematics] arises."

*--- Annette Emerson*