# Mathematical Digest

### Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics

in the Popular Press

"Hoffman's Erdos is number one", *Nature,* 17 June 1999, page 654.

This year's winner of the Rhone-Poulenc Prize for Science Books went to PaulHoffman's *The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdos and theSearch for Mathematical Truth.* Another book about a mathematician alsoappeared among the six finalists for the prestigious award: *A BeautifulMind,* by Sylvia Nasar, which is a biography of the mathematician John Nash,winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics.

*--- Allyn Jackson*