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Vol. 96, No. 7


Proof & Beauty
What do you get when you add a couple of math professors, a Roman Catholic nun, and a computer? Not the start of a bad joke, but a major breakthrough in mathematics — and a pretty one, too.
By Mark F. Bernstein

Start Me Up
The letters P.O.V. were once synonymous with I.O.U. Today the fledgling men’s magazine, co-founded by a Penn alumnus working off his laptop, has multimillion-dollar backing, an office equipped with its own bar, and a new nightlife supplement called Egg.
By Susan Lonkevich

Coal Miners’ Doctor
Forty years ago, a freshly-minted M.D. learned about life and death — and how to drink home-brewed beer and (almost) eat squirrel’s brains — while practicing medicine in the hills of eastern Kentucky.
By Rita Mariotii

“Reflections of a Couple of Book Prize Judges”
An insider’s view of the passions, politics, and personalities involved in, well, singling out literary merit.
By Peter Conn and Wendy Steiner


From the Editor
Good Stories

Investment question, pro and con on drinking age, upset over census.

Notes From the Undergrad
Poetry goes public on College Green. 

Can Penn compete?Class of 2002: Better than ever (again)Book lovers beware?Safer sunblocks on the wayGarry Wills on support for the artsNew incentives for home ownershipInvestigating the role of alternative medicine … Africa site reaches 1 million hits … Celebrating Strausz-Hupé … Print show at Faculty Club.

New women’s records in the shot put and discus.

Off the Shelf 
Less in common than meets the eye. Tempest Rising and Pride.

The Alumni
Comings, goings, appointments, promotions, accolades, and other personal news 

Alumni Profiles
A more in-depth look at some of Penn’s outstanding alumni.
Mark A. Aronchick |Formula for a balanced law career: Activism, Justice — and Yoga
Sheri Bailey |Dramatist Puts Spotlight on the African-American South
Blaise Noto | A Most Successful Voyage
Mixed Nuts | Humor for Every Specialty


Double Acrostic by Don Block, Gr ’77

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