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

"Science in culture: Algorithmic architecture," by Martin Kemp. Nature, 8 August 2002, page 590.

Toyo Ito and Cecil Balmond have designed and built a temporary pavilion inLondon's Hyde Park whose "floors and walls dissolve into an intricate web ofinterpenetrating squares, triangles and irregular polygons generated by analgorithm." Kemp gives the algorithm in the article as well as pictures of thepavilion, which has a square base 17 meters per side and is 4.5 meters high.

--- Mike Breen
American Mathematical Society