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

"Not for sale," by Joseph Malkevitch. New Scientist, 30 October 1999,pages 50-51.

Can one patent a mathematical idea? A formula expressing a law of nature, suchas Einstein's famous equation E = mc2, is not patentable. But asnew mathematical ideas get translated into commercial software, especially inthe world of finance, companies want to protect their inventions. This articlediscusses some recent examples of such patents and provides insight on a thornyissue.

--- Allyn Jackson

American Mathematical Society