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Beckenbach Book Prize

The Beckenbach Book Prize, established in 1986, is the successor to the MAA Book Prize established in 1982. It is named for the late Edwin Beckenbach, a long-time leader in the publications program of the Association and a well-known professor of mathematics at the University of California at Los Angeles. The Prize of $2,500 is intended to recognize the author(s) of a distinguished, innovative book published by the MAA and to encourage the writing of such books. The award is not given on a regularly scheduled basis. To be considered for the Beckenbach Prize a book must have been published during the five years preceding the Award.

List of Recipients

2014

Judith Grabiner, A Historian Looks Back: The Calculus as Algebra and Selected Writings, MAA Spectrum, 2010

2012

Uncommon Mathematical Excursions: Polynomia and Related Realm (The Mathematical Association of America; 2008) by Dan Kalman.

Visual Group Theory (The Mathematical Association of America; 2009) by Nathan Carter.

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2008

William Dunham Euler: The Master of Us All, The Mathematical Association of America, 1999

2007

William P. Berlinghoff and Fernando Q. Gouvêa Math through the Ages: A Gentle History for Teachers and Others, The Mathematical Association of America & Oxton House Publishers, 2004

2006

Arthur Benjamin and Jennifer Quinn Proofs That Really Count: the Art of Combinatorial Proof, Dolciani Mathematical Expositions, 2003

2004

James Tanton, Solve This: Math Activities for Students and Clubs, MAA Classroom Resource Materials, 2001.

2002

Joseph Kirtland, Identification Numbers and Check Digits Schemes, MAA Classroom Resource Materials, 2001.

1999

David M. Bressoud, Proofs and Confirmations, The Story of the Alternating Sign Matrix Conjecture, Spectrum Series, 1999.

1998

Sherman Stein and Sandor Szabo, Algebra and Tiling, Carus Mathematical Monographs, Number 25, 1994.

1996

Constance Reid, The Search for E.T. Bell, Also Known as John Taine, Spectrum, 1993.

1994

Steven George Krantz, Complex Analysis: The Geometric Viewpoint, Carus Mathematical Monographs, Number 23, 1990.

1989

Thomas M. Thompson, From Error-Correcting Codes through Sphere Packings to Simple Groups, Carus Mathematical Monographs, Number 21, 1984.

1986

Edward W. Packel, The Mathematics of Games and Gambling, New Mathematical Library, 1981.

1984

Charles Robert Hadlock, Field Theory and Its Classical Problems, Carus Mathematical Monographs, Number 19, 1978.

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