# Mathematical Digest

### Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics

in the Popular Press

"Sixteen steps to Isaac": Review of *From Newton to Hawing,* edited byKevin Knox and Richard Noakes. Reviewed by Roy Herbert. *New Scientist*, 17 April 2004,page 53.

This book is about the work of those who have held the Lucasian professorshipin mathematics at the University of Cambridge. The first was Isaac Barrow in1663; currently it is Stephen Hawking. Others on the list are Newton, Babbage,and Dirac. Reading this "staggering book" is a major enterprise, thereviewer writes. But the reader's reward is a journey "through a magnificenthistory of mathematics and physics, nothing less than humanity's constanteffort to understand the universe."

*--- Allyn Jackson*