# Mathematical Digest

### Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics

in the Popular Press

"Autistic Genius?": Review of two books on autism. Reviewed by Allan Snyder.*Nature*, 1 April 2004.

Snyder summarizes and critiques two recent books: *Autism and Creativity: IsThere a Link between Autism in Men and Exceptional Ability?,* by MichaelFitzgerald (Brunner-Routledge, 2003) and *Autism: Mind and Brain,* editedby Uta Frith and Elisabeth Hill (Oxford University press, 2003). Both booksexamine the spectrum of autistic behaviors and individuals and the idea of"genius". The review includes a photograph of mathematician Ramanujan with thecaption, "Did autism help shape the thinking of Indian mathematician SrinivasaRamanujan?"

*--- Annette Emerson*