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Mathematical Digest


Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"Mathematicians primed to prove twin theory Pride, cash at stake in solutions,"by Keay Davidson. San FranciscoChronicle, 16 June 2003.

This engaging article takes as its starting point the flaw found in the proofof a number theory result that attracted a lot of media attention. The flawwas discovered as two independent experts scrutinized the proof. The articlediscusses truth, proof, and assumption in mathematics, quoting variousmathematicians.

--- Allyn Jackson

American Mathematical Society