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

"Signed, sealed, and delivered," by Marcus Chown. New Scientist, 14 July 2001,pages 46-47.

This article tells the story of Wolfgang Doeblin, German-born Jewishmathematician who fled to France to escape the Nazis in 1936. At age 23, whileserving in the French army, he made some extraordinary mathematical discoveriesabout random phenomena. These ideas became known to the world only in the1950s, when they were discovered independently by the Japanese mathematicianKiyoshi Ito. Doeblin scribbled his ideas in a school exercise book, whichafter his death in the war was filed in a sealed envelope at the French Academyof Sciences. The envelope was finally opened in May 2000 by Doeblin's brother.

--- Allyn Jackson

American Mathematical Society