# Mathematical Digest

### Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics

in the Popular Press

"Calculating Doom," by John Allen Paulos. ABCnews.com, 5 May 2004.

Mathematician Paulos subtitles this month's essay "examining a probabilisticdoomsday argument." The essay mentions Bayes' theorem in probability, imaginesa cosmic lottery machine to assess overall risk, and recommends *Anthropic Bias*, byNick Bostrom.

*--- Annette Emerson*