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

"Galileo points the way": Review of Galileo's Finger, by Peter Atkins. Reviewed by Frank Wilczek. Nature, 27 March 2003.

Wilczek reviews Galileo's Finger, by Peter Atkins. The reviewer highly recommends the book for its successful identification and exposition of "the Ten Great Ideas" in science. The book includes a chapter, "Arithmetic," that covers foundational issues and so is somewhat different than the other chapters, as the reviewer claims that Atkins moves into areas of speculation: "Our brains, and their product mathematics have exactly the same logical structure as the physical universe itself."

--- Annette Emerson

American Mathematical Society