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

"Hypatia." In The Word column, NewScientist, 8 March 2003, page 53.

This is a brief profile of the mathematician and inventor Hypatia, who was bornaround 370 AD in Alexandria. The article says that "[h]er mathematical workscreated a stir" and mentions some of her inventions, one of which was a planeastrolabe. The article appeared on the occasion of International Women's Day.

--- Allyn Jackson

American Mathematical Society