Important information regarding the recent AMS power outage.

The transformer that provides electricity to the AMS building in Providence went down on Sunday, April 22. The restoration of our email, website, AMS Bookstore and other systems is almost complete. We are currently running on a generator but overnight a new transformer should be hooked up and (fingers crossed) we should be fine by 8:00 (EDT) Wednesday morning. This issue has affected selected phones, which should be repaired by the end of today. No email was lost, although the accumulated messages are only just now being delivered so you should expect some delay.

Thanks for your patience.



Mathematical Digest


Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"Andre Weil (1906-98): One of the century's most influential puremathematicians," by Robert P. Langlands. Nature, 29 October 1998, page848.

This obituary for Andre Weil describes his life and his mathematicalachievements, which center in the areas of number theory and algebraicgeometry. In addition to his research, Weil was well known for his elegantwriting and for his founding of the Bourbaki group, which had a deep influenceon mathematics, especially in France.

--- Allyn Jackson

American Mathematical Society