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

"Come on feel the noise," by Philip Ball. Nature Science Update,13 February 2001

Jose Vilar and J. M. Rubi have developed a mathematical model that suggeststhat adding more noise to noise may actually make the system less "noisy."Although the result appears to have general implications, the model dealsspecifically with fluctuations occurring in the electrical current in an arrayof ion channels. Ball's update is at research was published in Physical Review Letters, 86, pp. 950-3.

--- Michael Breen

American Mathematical Society