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

"Metaphors-R-Us: A New Book Explains How Math is Rooted in Metaphors, notDivine Inspiration," by John Allen Paulos. ABCNEWS.com, 1 February 2002.

Paulos contends that the film A Beautiful Mind perpetuates the beliefsthat "you're born with mathematical talent or you're not; one solves mathproblems instantaneously, and/or the source of mathematical insight isunfathomable." He happily reports that Where Mathematics Comes From, abook by linguist George Lakoff and psychologist Rafael Nunez, combats theseimpressions. But Paulos also concludes that both works "remind us of the warmbodies from which this beauty [of mathematics] arises."

--- Annette Emerson

American Mathematical Society