# Mathematical Digest

### Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics

in the Popular Press

"Point System," by Edward Rothstein. A review of *A Tour of the Calculus*, by David Berlinski. *New York Times Book Review*, 25 February 1996, page 16.

"Calculus for the Literacy, if Not for the Numbers," by Richard Bernstein. A review of *A Tour of the Calculus*, by David Berlinski. *New York Times*, 7 February 1996.

According to Rothstein's review, David Berlinski is an "idiosyncratic tour guide" of the calculus, producing a book in which "the discipline of a well-trained mathematical mind is combined with the indulgences of an overeager novelist." Bernstein calls the book a "playful, witty, highly literate effort to guide the mathematically uninitiated through the mysteries of the calculus." Although Bernstein finds the book's mathematical explanations difficult to follow at times, he says Berlinski is effective at communicating his sense of wonder at the remarkable achievements of calculus. Rothstein notes that Berlinski's book will "begin to open this mathematical universe to the lay reader."

*-Allyn Jackson*