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

"Some numbers you can't count on": Review of Imagining Numbers, by BarryMazur. Reviewed by Jonathan Heawood. The Observer, 18 May 2003.

"This is maths at its most lucid, and its most riddling," this review states.The idea of the book is to give readers some intuition about that staple ofhigh school algebra courses, imaginary numbers. The book is not an easy read:"I found that I needed more than pencil and paper to make these calculations. Ineeded a bigger brain," Heawood writes. Nevertheless, he found the book to befascinating and provocative.

--- Allyn Jackson

American Mathematical Society