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

"Proof, Amazement, and the Unexpected," by Reviel Netz. Science, 1 November 2002, pages967-970.

This is an article about Archimedes and some of the results he achieved. Thetitle refers to three of the themes that run together in his treatises. Theaccomplishments described in the article will be familiar to many, but Netzwrites about Archimedes with such enthusiasm that it is worth risking therepetition to read the article.

--- Mike Breen

American Mathematical Society