# Mathematical Digest

### Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics

in the Popular Press

Mathematical sidebars in *Discover,*June 2003.

Three sidebars in the June 2003 issue of *Discover* relate to mathematics.The first quotes philosopher Bertrand Russell: "Physics is mathematical notbecause we know so much about the world, but because we know so little; it isonly mathematical properties that we can discover." The "Science Surfing"column suggests readers "meet some of the most brilliant female mathematicalminds in history" at the **Great Women in Math** website at www.agnesscott.edu/lriddle/women/chronol.htm. There are three mathematics-related titles onthe magazine's "Science Best-Sellers" list: *Six Degrees: The Science of aConnected Age,* by Duncan J. Watts (W.W. Norton); *The Golden Ratio: theStory of Phi, the World's Most Astonishing Number,* by Mario Livio (Broadway);and *The Constants of Nature: From Alpha to Omega---the Numbers that Encodethe Deepest Secrets of the Universe,* by John D. Barrow (Pantheon).

*--- Annette Emerson*