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

"In Archimedes' Puzzle, a New Eureka Moment," by Gina Kolata. New York Times, 14 December 2003.
"Problem Solved." Random Samples, edited by Adrian Cho. Science, 5 December 2003, page 1655.

Both articles deal with a solution to a problem posed by Archimedes: How many ways are there to arrange a given set of 14 triangles and quadrilaterals into a square? Kolata writes that through the years the problem was mistranslated so that until recently the combinatorics involved in the problem was not appreciated.

--- Mike Breen

American Mathematical Society