# Mathematical Digest

### Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics

in the Popular Press

"Double Dept.: A Beautiful Hand," by Blake Eskin, 'Talk of the Town', *TheNew Yorker,* 11 March 2002.

In this brief profile of mathematician David Bayer, the author notes that"The [Oscar-winning *A Beautiful Mind* film] director Ron Howard, hiredBayer as the film's math consultant after reading Bayer's review--in*Notices of the American Mathematical Society*--of the play "Proof,"which also explores mathematical genius and madness." Bayer relates hisexperiences and impressions as his "role" expanded to include serving asRussell Crowe's hand double, and writing all the equations that appeared onwindows and blackboards in the film.

*--- Annette Emerson*