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

"Origins of Inspiration: a four-dimensional view of two twentieth-centuryicons": Review of Einstein, Picasso: Space, Time, and the Beauty that CausesHavoc, by Arthur I. Miller. Reviewed by John Christie. Nature, 12April 2001.

The reviewer states that Miller contends that these two creative heroes"depended significantly on a preoccupation with geometry, and that thispreoccupation had its basis in the work of the great Frenchphilosopher-mathematician Henri Poincaré." The author doesn't claim thatany direct communication between Einstein and Picasso influenced their works,but he provides contextual details on the cultural and scientific environmentsof the time, and among those factors identifies Maurice Princet, amathematically-learned actuary, as being an influential character in Picasso'sinner circle. The reviewer praises Miller's extensive research and uniqueconclusions.

--- Annette Emerson

American Mathematical Society