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

"Cake-cutting perfected," by Philip Ball. Nature Science Update, 7 January 2004.

Political scientist Steven Bram (New York University) and his unnamed mathematician and economist colleagues have determined an "efficient, equitable and envy-free" (and honesty-reinforcing) method of cutting a cake for two or three parties. The story was also reported in The Guardian, by science editor Tim Radford, 14 January 2004.

--- Annette Emerson

American Mathematical Society