# Mathematical Digest

### Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics

in the Popular Press

"What is the best way to lace your shoes?," by Burkhard Polster. *Nature,* 5 December 2002.

The results of this research paper were picked up by Reuters and reported in *The New York Times* and *Boston Globe* newspapers. Essentially, Polster found that although most of us lace shoes using the "criss-cross" or "straight" method, the most efficient way to tie shoelaces (in order to use the least amount of lace) is the "bow-tie" method. The article includes diagrams and the mathematical explanation.

*--- Annette Emerson *