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Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"Math and Asociality". Random Samples, Science, 25 February 2000.

This brief piece discusses a recent study of Asperger syndrome, a mild versionof autism that can make people socially withdrawn and unable to sense theemotions of others. One of the subjects in the study was the mathematicianRichard Borcherds, whose work earned him a Fields Medal (the equivalent inmathematics of the Nobel Prize) in 1998.

--- Allyn Jackson

American Mathematical Society