This award was established by the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM) in 1988 to reward and encourage communicators who, on a sustained basis, bring mathematical ideas and information to nonmathematical audiences. Both mathematicians and non-mathematicians are eligible. Currently, the $1,000 award is made annually. JPBM is a collaborative effort of the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, the American Statistical Association, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
List of Recipients
Museum of Mathematics
JPBM Communications Award for Public Outreach
This award is presented to the Museum of Mathematics, "MoMath" for its innovative approach to presenting fundamental mathematical ideas to the public in a variety of creative, informative and entertaining exhibits and events that engage audiences with beauty and utility of mathematics in daily life.
JPBM Communications Award for Expository and Popular Books
The award is presented to Simon Singh for his fascinating books on mathematical topics, including Fermat's Engima, The Code Book, and The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets, which have opened up the beauty of mathematics and mathematical thinking to broad audiences with clear and charming prose.
His books and website have helped the public better understand the world through sound and innovative use of statistics and extraordinarly lucid explanations of his work.
Her books, blog, and public appearances have encouraged countless middle and high school students, especially girls, to be more interested in mathematics.
John Allen Paulos
For books, columns, reviews, speeches, and editorials that have for more than twenty-ﬁve years brought mathematically informed ideas, information, opinion, and humor to a broad nonspecialist audience.
For producing a remarkably broad and deep body of writing for experts and nonexperts alike.
Nicolas Falacci and Cheryl Heuton
For their positive portrayal of the power and fun of mathematics through their hit TV series, Numb3rs.
Marcus du Sautoy
For complementing his love of mathematical discovery with a passion for communicating mathematics to a broad public.
For communicating the beauty and fascination of mathematics and the passion of those who pursue it.
For increasing the public's understanding of mathematical concepts.
Steven H. Strogatz
For making a consistent effort to reach out to a wider audience.
For the discovery of Penrose tilings, which have captured the public’s imagination, and for an extraordinary series of books that brought the subject of consciousness to the public in mathematical terms.
For writing about mathematics of every kind—from the most abstract to the most applied—for nearly twenty years. His lucid explanations of complicated ideas at the frontiers of research have appeared in dozens of articles in newspapers, magazines, and books.
No award was presented for this year.
For being an erudite spokesman for mathematics, communicating its charm and excitement to thousands of people from all walks of life.
Helaman and Claire Ferguson
For dazzling the mathematical community and a far wider public with exquisite sculptures embodying mathematical ideas, along with artful and accessible essays and lectures elucidating the mathematical concepts.
Keith J. Devlin
For his many contributions to public understanding of mathematics through great numbers of radio and television appearances; public talks; books; and articles in magazines, newsletters, newspapers, journals, and online.
For A Beautiful Mind, her biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr.
For communicating the excitement of science and mathematics to millions of people around the world for more than twenty years. Also a "Special Communications Award" to John Lynch and Simon Singh for their exceptional contributions to public understanding of mathematics through their documentary on Andrew Wiles and the Fermat Conjecture, entitled Fermat's Last Theorem (shown on NOVA as The Proof).
For writing about mathematics with grace, knowledge, skill, and clarity.
Philip J. Davis
For being a prolific communicator of mathematics to the general public.
For consistently giving outstanding coverage to many of the most exciting breakthroughs in mathematics and computer science over the past twenty years.
For authoring numerous books and articles about mathematics, including his long-running Scientific American column, "Mathematical Games," and his books, Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science and Mathematical Carnival.
For "Square One TV."
For exceptional skill in communicating mathematics to the general public over the last decade.
For contributions to communicating mathematics to the public in his play, Breaking the Code, which chronicles the brilliant but troubled life of the British mathematician Alan Turing.
For sustained and outstanding contributions in communicating mathematics to the general public.