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

"Two Good Women, or Too Good to Be True?," by Paula Gould. Science, 7 June 2002.

Gould is skeptical of the Victorian and Edwardian biographies of MarySomerville (1780-1872), mathematician, and Caroline Herschel(1750-1848), astronomer, in which the two women were usually portrayedas martyr-like heroines---domestic, "diligent, well-behaved, navigatingtheir way around possible objections with ease, silencing any possibledissenting voices by combining an appropriate model of dutiful, ladylikeconduct with their scientific studies."

--- Annette Emerson

American Mathematical Society