Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"Numbers crunched": Review of Mathematics: A very short introduction, byTimothy Gowers. Reviewed by Elizabeth Sourbut. New Scientist, 8 February 2003, page53.

This is a review of a popular overview of the field of mathematics, written byFields Medalist Timothy Gowers. "He makes a very good job of introducing sucha huge topic, one that could easily have been distributed between half a dozenseparate volumes," the review states. Gowers organizes the book around theconcepts of abstraction, modeling, and proof and "succeeds well incommunicating a flavor of the pleasures to be gained from mathematics."

--- Allyn Jackson

American Mathematical Society