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 proof is out there": Review of four books. Reviewed by Andrew Bowler. New Scientist, 12 October 2002, page 52.

This brief review covers four books: The Philosophy of Mathematics, by James Robert Brown; Conversations with a Mathematician, by Gregory Chaitin; Mathematics Elsewhere, by Marcia Ascher; and Algebraic Number Theory and Fermat's Last Theorem, by Ian Stewart and David Tall. The books are all quite different; the theme of the review is that each book would give undergraduate students a quite different view on mathematics from that found in mathematics courses.

--- Allyn Jackson

American Mathematical Society