# Mathematical Digest

### Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics

in the Popular Press

"The proof is out there": Review of four books. Reviewed by Andrew Bowler. *New Scientist,* 12 October 2002, page 52.

This brief review covers four books: *The Philosophy of Mathematics,* by James Robert Brown; *Conversations with a Mathematician,* by Gregory Chaitin; *Mathematics Elsewhere,* by Marcia Ascher; and *Algebraic Number Theory and Fermat's Last Theorem,* by Ian Stewart and David Tall. The books are all quite different; the theme of the review is that each book would give undergraduate students a quite different view on mathematics from that found in mathematics courses.

*--- Allyn Jackson*