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

"Secrets of sports thrills spilled," by Sara Abdulla. Nature Science Update, 19 February 2001.

This article reports on a talk about mathematics and sports given by Stanford Professor Thomas Cover at February's meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Abdulla writes that Cover used random walks to show that "in some senses, all sports are equally exciting." Abdulla's article is at

--- Michael Breen

American Mathematical Society