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

"Will it Crack?", by Charles Seife. New Scientist, 23 January 1999 page20.

"Irish Lass Invents Crypto Code". Random Samples, Science, 29 January1999, page 599.

The mathematical project of a 16 year old from Ireland may provide a faster way to encrypt information sent via the Internet. These articles introduce Sarah Flannery and the encryption scheme she helped develop. The scheme uses public key cryptography -- a method which relies on mathematical operations that are difficult to undo -- and is significantly faster than the predominantly used RSA algorithm.

--- Elizabeth Moisan

American Mathematical Society