# Mathematical Digest

### Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics

in the Popular Press

"Galileo points the way": Review of *Galileo's Finger,* by Peter Atkins. Reviewed by Frank Wilczek. *Nature,* 27 March 2003.

Wilczek reviews *Galileo's Finger,* by Peter Atkins. The reviewer highly recommends the book for its successful identification and exposition of "the Ten Great Ideas" in science. The book includes a chapter, "Arithmetic," that covers foundational issues and so is somewhat different than the other chapters, as the reviewer claims that Atkins moves into areas of speculation: "Our brains, and their product mathematics have exactly the same logical structure as the physical universe itself."

*--- Annette Emerson*