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

"Time and Emotion": Review of the play God and Stephen Hawking. Reviewedby Jeremy Kingston. The London Times art section, 5 September 2000,page 20.

"As the title God and Stephen Hawking implies, this is heady stuff," thereview begins. The play, written by Robin Hawdon, mixes science and biographywith fantasy episodes in which Hawking converses with God. The reviewer foundthat the play gave him a better understanding of certain scientific concepts,such as black holes. Less satisfying was the character of God, whose approachto the conversations with Hawking, the reviewer writes, are "shot through withflippancy." The reviewer saw a touring production at the Oxford Playhouse inEngland.

--- Allyn Jackson

American Mathematical Society