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

"Running Numbers": A review of The Universe and the Teacup, byK. C. Cole. Reviewed by Robert March. Boston Globe, 25 January 1998, page F1

The book reviewed here, The Universe and the Teacup: The Mathematics ofTruth and Beauty, is by K. C. Cole, a respected science reporter at the LosAngeles Times. The book touches on a wide variety of mathematical topics,including exponential growth, quantum theory, and the work of history's mostfamous woman mathematician, Emmy Noether.

--- Allyn Jackson

American Mathematical Society