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Mathematical Digest


Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"Networking can be hazardous," by Philip Ball. Nature Science Update,9 March 2001. http://www.nature.com/nsu

This brief article discusses models for the spread of Internet viruses. Pastattempts to understand the spread of these viruses mistakenly assumedsimilarity to biological viruses. Computer viruses have a very differentbehavior and call for different kinds of mathematical models.

--- Allyn Jackson

American Mathematical Society