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

"Infinite Confusion": Review of Everything and More: A Compact History ofInfinity by David Foster Wallace. Reviewed by Rudy Rucker.Science, 16 January 2004,pages 313-314.

Rucker, author of two books on infinity and a member of the Department ofComputer Science at San Jose State University, did not likethe book one bit. His opinion is best summed up in the first paragraph ofthe review: "I fully expected to enjoy Everything and More. But it's a trainwreck of a book, a disaster. Nonmathematicians will findEverything and More unreadable, and mathematicians will view it with,at best, sardonic amusement. Crippling errors abound."

Additionalreviews of this book

--- Mike Breen

American Mathematical Society