# Mathematical Digest

### Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics

in the Popular Press

"At top speed." Random Samples, *Science,* 31 January 2003, page 659.

The title refers to Richard Tapia's research into drag racing, some of which hepresented in an MAA Invited Address at the Joint Mathematics Meetings inBaltimore. In 1968, Tapia built a car with his brother Bobby that set a worldrecord. Bobby is in the National Hot Rod Association's Hall of Fame. Richardsays, "Cars helped me with math and math helped me with cars."

*--- Mike Breen*