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 Theorem's First Cousin," by Dana Mackenzie. Science, 4February 2000, pages 792-793.

The "Langlands Program" is a set of conjectures that have had an enormousimpact on number theory. Formulated by mathematician Robert Langlands, theseconjectures suggest deep and surprising connections between mathematical areasthat are very different. One of the reasons Andrew Wiles's proof of Fermat'sLast Theorem was so important is that it helped to push forward the LanglandsProgram. Now the French mathematician Laurent Lafforgue has supplied the proofof another piece of the program. This article describes the Langlands Programand the work of Lafforgue.

--- Allyn Jackson

American Mathematical Society