# Mathematical Digest

### Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics

in the Popular Press

"Kreise, Kugeln, Zufälle: Überall spukt pi herum," ("Circles,balls, coincidences: pi is lurking everywhere"), by AlbrechtBeutelspacher. *Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung,* 20 January 2002,pages 64-65.

This article, which runs over a two-page spread, describes how pi arises inmany different contexts, from sphere packing to Monte Carlo simulation methodsto the Buffon Needle Trick.

*--- Allyn Jackson*