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

"Edsger Dijkstra, 72, Physicist Who Shaped Computer Era, Dies," by JohnMarkoff. The New York Times, 10August 2002.

The obituary outlines Dijkstra's contributions to mathematical logicthat underlie computer programs and operating systems, making him one ofthe giants in the field.

--- Annette Emerson

American Mathematical Society