# Mathematical Digest

### Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics

in the Popular Press

"Anfassen und begreifen (Touch and understand)," by Simone Rödder. *Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung,* 17 November 2002, page 75.

"It adds up to a novel way of looking at math," by Wolfram Ahlers. *International Herald Tribune,* 2 December 2002.

These two articles discuss the Mathematikum, a mathematics museum that opened in November 2002 in Giessen, Germany. The museum is the brainchild of mathematician Albrecht Beutelspacher of the University of Giessen. The first article includes short pieces about some of the exhibits in the museum. The second article is a translation of excerpts from an article that originally appeared in German in the *Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung* on 29 November 2002. "[T]he museum is designed to draw visitors into a number of mathematical puzzles, where the willingness to participate is all that is required," the second article states. "Here, visitors must execute experiments---and be willing to consider the wonderful world of math in a playful way."

*--- Allyn Jackson*