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

"Quantum Logic with Light, Glass, and Mirrors," by Andrew Shields. Science, 13 September 2002.

"Although only a handful of quantum algorithms have been discovered so far,they include important mathematical problems, such as finding the prime factorsof large numbers, the Achilles heel of classical cryptography." From there theauthor predicts that because unlike every other known method quantumcryptography can guarantee the secrecy of encryption keys, it "may soon secureoptical links between different sites of banks or large corporations across ametropolitan area. Thus the first applications for quantum logic are verylikely to be such photonic systems."

--- Annette Emerson

American Mathematical Society