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

"On the Complex Plane": Review of Indra's Pearls: The Vision of FelixKlein, by David Mumford, Caroline Series, and David Wright. Reviewed byBrian Hayes. AmericanScientist, March-April 2003, pages 181-182.

Part of the title of this book comes from a Buddhist legend concerning aninfinite net strung with an infinite number of shiny pearls. Each pearlreflects the universe, including the reflections of all the other pearls, sothat each has a sequence of nested reflections. The authors investigate themathematical version of Indra's pearls in the complex plane, specifically thelimit set of a Möbius transformation. Hayes states that the book isunusual in that it describes the authors' twenty-year long process of discoveryand "theorems, pictures and computer programs are all equally important in thisstory." (Albert Marden also wrote a review of this bookfor the January issue of the Notices.)

--- Mike Breen

American Mathematical Society