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

"Nobelpreis fuer Quatsch". Unsigned article, Der Spiegel, 24 August 1998, pages 104-105. In German.

This article discusses the International Congress of Mathematicians, held in Berlin, Germany in August 1998. In particular, it refers to the work of four mathematicians who at the Congress received the highest honor in mathematics, the Fields Medal: Richard Borcherds, William Timothy Gowers, Maxim Kontsevich, and Curtis McMullen. The Fields Medal is often said to be the equivalent in mathematics of the Nobel Prize. The title of the article---in English, "Nobel Prize for Nonsense"---provides an indication of the tone of the article.

--- Allyn Jackson

American Mathematical Society