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

"Unconventional Mathematician is Making Brain Waves," by Douglas Martin.Education Life, New York Times supplement, 31 March 1996, page 7.

This short piece is a profile of University of Michigan mathematician Fred L.Bookstein, who has developed statistical theory of shape, dubbed"morphometrics." This theory is being used to identify differences in theshapes of the brains of schizophrenics. It may also have applications toearthquake and weather prediction, diagnosing fetal alcohol syndrome, andimproving golf swings.

-Allyn Jackson

American Mathematical Society