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

"The Future of String Theory: A Conversation with Brian Greene," by GeorgeMusser. Scientific American,November 2003, pages 68-73.

Brian Greene, author of The Elegant Universe, speaks with ScientificAmerican staff editor George Musser about string theory and modern physics.The mathematical subjects mentioned are topology and geometry, especiallynoncommutative geometry. Greene explains how matrices relate to the"microworld." The article was the cover story for the November issue. It is anedited version of the full conversation which is available at the magazine's website.

--- Mike Breen

American Mathematical Society