# Mathematical Digest

### Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics

in the Popular Press

"Entertaining Mr. Chicken": Review of *Everything and More,* by DavidFoster Wallace. Reviewed by Michael Brooks. *New Scientist,* 5 November 2003,pages 52-53.

This brief and positive review calls the book "a great read." Because DavidFoster Wallace is a novelist, one might expect a watered-down or purelyhistorical presentation. But, the review says, "*Everything and More*, anovelist's (and novel) look at infinity, has the maths and the history, as wellas dry and very funny asides, and---most impressive of all---the flair andstyle to put all of it together."

Another review, more negative, of this same book: "When good novelists do badscience," a review by Amir Aczel of David Foster Wallace's *Everything andMore: A Compact History of Infinity*, *The Globe and Mail*, 3 January2004.

Yet another review: "Electrified Paté," John Allen Paulos, *The AmericanScholar*, Winter 2004, page 147.

The following review is summarized in the Math Digest, 200311-infinity.html: "From here to infinity:Germs, math, and the beauty of discovery": A review of *Everything and More:A Compact History of Infinity,* by David Foster Wallace. Reviewed byAnthony Doerr. *Boston Sunday Globe,*19 October 2003.

A review about two books on infinity---Wallace's and one by BrianClegg---has also appeared: "Keep on Tracking," by Frank Kermode. *The Guardian*, 18 October 2003.It was summarized in the Math Digest, 200311-infinity1.html.

*--- Allyn Jackson*