# Mathematical Digest

### Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics

in the Popular Press

"Strung out across the universe": Review of *The Fabric of the Cosmos,* byBrian Greene. Reviewed by Michael Duff. *New Scientist*, 10 April 2004, page52.

With his best-selling book *The Elegant Universe,* Brian Greene showed arare talent for explaining complex theories of modern physics in a way thegeneral public could understand. His new book, *The Fabric of theCosmos,* "does not disappoint," the reviewer writes. "Topics that have beentreated ad nauseam by other popularisers, such as special relativity, blackholes and the big bang, are given a new lease of life with Greene'suser-friendly analogies and skilful turn of phrase." The book presents a"convincing case" that the mysterious M-theory may be the ultimateall-encompassing theory that physicists have been searching for.

*--- Allyn Jackson*