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.
"Curving beyond Fermat's last theorem," by Ivars Peterson. ScienceNews, 2 October 1999, page 221.
In mathematics, as in other aspects of the world, seemingly unrelated objects can sometimes be related in surprising ways. This article explains that mathematicians have recently proven the Taniyama-Shimura conjecture, which states that elliptic curves are actually disguised versions of a complicated mathematical object called a modular form. Aspects of this conjecture were previously proven and used by Andrew Wiles in his proof of Fermat's last theorem.
--- Elizabeth Moisan