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

"Narrative Plus Math Equals Sales," by Judith Rosen. Publishers Weekly,16 April 2001.

This full-page article by Rosen in the widely-circulated PublishersWeekly notes the popularity of recent mathematics and science-relatedbooks---both fiction and non-fiction. She explores the perennial sales ofEdwin A. Abbott's 1884 classic, Flatland, a mix of math and sciencefiction. The newest such book on the market is Ian Stewart'sFlatterland, which is inspired by Abbott's work and is expected togenerate significant interest and sales. Rosen also notes other math-relatedbooks that are expected to appeal to the general reader because they areinterdisciplinary: Radical Equations: Math Literacy and Civil Rights, byRobert P. Moses and Charles E. Cobb, Jr., Mathematical and PhysicalFormulae, by Matthew Watkins, Sacred Geometry, by Miranda Lundy,and Sun, Moon & Earth, by Robin Heath.

--- Annette Emerson

American Mathematical Society