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

"Anfassen und begreifen (Touch and understand)," by Simone Rödder. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 17 November 2002, page 75.

"It adds up to a novel way of looking at math," by Wolfram Ahlers. International Herald Tribune, 2 December 2002.

These two articles discuss the Mathematikum, a mathematics museum that opened in November 2002 in Giessen, Germany. The museum is the brainchild of mathematician Albrecht Beutelspacher of the University of Giessen. The first article includes short pieces about some of the exhibits in the museum. The second article is a translation of excerpts from an article that originally appeared in German in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on 29 November 2002. "[T]he museum is designed to draw visitors into a number of mathematical puzzles, where the willingness to participate is all that is required," the second article states. "Here, visitors must execute experiments---and be willing to consider the wonderful world of math in a playful way."

--- Allyn Jackson

American Mathematical Society