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

"Fermat's Last Stand," by Simon Singh and Kenneth A. Ribet. Scientific American, November 1997, pages 68-73.

This is a lively and accessible account of the many mysteries surrounding the world famous mathematics problem known as Fermat's Last Theorem. Andrew Wiles became an international celebrity when he announced a solution to the problem in 1993. The article provides an engaging look at the mathematicians who have worked on Fermat's Last Theorem and why they are so passionate about their work.

--- Allyn Jackson

American Mathematical Society