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

"Will Abel prize for maths rival the Nobels?," by Stephen Battersby. New Scientist, 7 June 2003, page12.

The Abel Prize, given for the first time in 2003, recognizes achievement inmathematics research and carries a prize purse of US$816,000. The hope is thatthe Abel Prize, which was established by the government of Norway, willeventually be viewed as on a par with the Nobel Prizes. There is no NobelPrize in mathematics; the Fields Medal is usually considered to be the topaward in the field. The 2003 Abel Prize was awarded to Jean-Pierre Serre.

--- Allyn Jackson

American Mathematical Society