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

"The Next Big Thing?": Review of A Shortcut Through Time: The Path to theQuantum Computer by George Johnson. Reviewed by Joseph F. Traub. Scientific American, February2003, pages 88-89.

A quantum computer would be built on the principles of quantum mechanics, asubject most people find perplexing. Yet according to Traub, Johnson explainsquantum computers at a level which readers of the New York Times canunderstand. Whether a practical quantum computer can be built remains an openquestion (one with seven quantum bits has been built), but as Traub writes,"the unknown is part of the fun of science."

--- Mike Breen

American Mathematical Society