# Mathematical Digest

### Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics

in the Popular Press

"Man of Two Cultures," by Gary Stix. *Scientific American,* June 2002.

John H. Marburger III, science advisor to the White House, applies hisperspective as scientist and administrator. Among his experiences citedin the article is that he "pioneered the mathematical and physical basisfor self-focusing lasers, which are important in nonlinear opticaldevices and laser fusion."

*--- Annette Emerson*