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

"Calculus of the Battlefield," by David Glenn. Chronicle of Higher Education, 8November 2002, pages A14-A16.

This article discusses the use of quantitative methods, such as game theorymodels, in studying wars and other conflicts. Such methods have limitationsand drawbacks but can provide insights. One difficulty is that the informationneeded in order to create realistic models is often not available. The articletouches on present-day conflicts, such as that between the United States andIraq.

--- Allyn Jackson

American Mathematical Society