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

"Vital Statistics," by Dana Mackenzie. New Scientist, 26 June 2004,pages 36-41.

"The boldest claims about the universe rely on physicists sifting the truthfrom the millions of measurements they make," the article states. What thismeans is that, order to understand the phenomena they study, physicists have tounderstand the data they glean from measurements. As this data becomesincreasingly sophisticated and complex, physicists are beginning to realizetheir need for powerful tools from statistics. The article examines threeexamples from modern day physics in which statistical tools---or the lackthereof---made a crucial difference.

--- Allyn Jackson

American Mathematical Society