Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
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"Much Ado About Flapping," by Kathy A. Svitil. Discover, April2001.

Jun Zhang uses two-dimensional simulation to answer the question "Why do flagsflap in the wind?" and aims to use this technique to analyze similar phenomenasuch as swimming fish, blood flow and even snoring. Tony Phillips wrote aboutZhang et al's research in a "Letter to Nature" (December 14, 2000) in Math in theMedia (February 2001).

--- Annette Emerson

American Mathematical Society