The Chauvenet Prize, consisting of a prize of $1,000 and a certificate, is awarded at the Annual Meeting of the Association to the author of an outstanding expository article on a mathematical topic. First awarded in 1925, the Prize is named for William Chauvenet, a professor of mathematics at the United States Naval Academy. It was established through a gift in 1925 from J.L. Coolidge, then MAA President. Winners of the Chauvenet Prize are among the most distinguished of mathematical expositors.

Regulations governing the Association's award of the Chauvenet Prize

Archive of Chauvenet Prize-winning Articles

Dana Mackenzie

A Tisket, a Tasket, an Apollonian Gasket

*American Scientist*, 98 January-February 2010, no. 1, 10-14.

Ravi Vakil

The Mathematics of Doodling

*American Mathematical Monthly*, 118 (2011), no. 2, 116-129.

Robert Ghrist

Barcodes: The Persistent Topology of Data

Bulletin (New Series) of the American Mathematical Society, Vol. 45, no. 1, January 2008, pp. 61-75

Dennis DeTurck, Herman Gluck, Daniel Pomerleano, and Shea Vela-Vick

The Four Vertex Theorem and Its Converse

*Notices of the American Mathematical Society*, 54 (2007), no. 2, 192–207.

Bjorn Poonen

Undecidability in Number Theory

*Notices of the American Mathematical Society*, 55 (2008), no. 3, 344–350

Brian J. McCartin

e: The Master of All

*The Mathematical Intelligencer*, 28 (2006), no. 2, 10–21

Harold P. Boas

Reflections on the Arbelos

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, 113 (2006), no. 3, 236–249

Andrew Granville

It is Easy to Determine Whether a Given Integer is Prime

*Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society*, Vol. 42, 2005, pp. 3-38.

Andrew J. Simoson

The Gravity of Hades

*Mathematics Magazine*, Vol. 75, December 2002, pp. 335-350.

Florian Pfender and Günter M. Ziegler

Kissing Numbers, Sphere Packings, and Some Unexpected Proofs

*Notices of the AMS*, September 2004, pp. 873-883.

John Stillwell

The Story of the 120-Cell

*Notices of the AMS*, January 2001, pp. 17-24.

Edward B. Burger

Diophantine Olympics and World Champions: Polynomials and Primes Down Under

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 107, November 2000, pp. 822-829.

Thomas C. Hales

Cannonballs and Honeycombs

*Notices of the AMS*, April 2000, Vol. 47, no. 4, pp. 440-449.

Ellen Gethner, Stan Wagon, and Brian Wick

A Stroll through the Gaussian Primes

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 105, (1998), pp. 327-337.

Carolyn S. Gordon and David L. Webb

You Can't Hear the Shape of a Drum This page is currently not available.

*American Scientist*, Vol. 84, (1996), pp. 46-55.

Don Zagier

Newman's Short Proof of the Prime Number Theorem

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 104, (1997), pp. 705-708.

Michael I. Rosen

Niels Hendrik Abel and Equations of the Fifth Degree

The Amererican Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 102, (1995), pp. 495-505.

Alan Edelman and Eric Kostlan

How Many Zeros of a Random Polynomial Are Real?

*Bulletin of the AMS* (N.S.), Vol. 32, (1995), pp. 1-37.

Tom Hawkins

The Birth of Lie's Theory of Groups This page is currently not available.

*Mathematical Intelligencer*, Vol. 16, (1994), pp. 6-17.

Joan Birman

New Points of View in Knot Theory

*Bulletin of the AMS* (N.S.), Vol. 28 (1993), pp. 253-287.

Donald G. Saari

A Visit to the Newtonian N-body Problem Via Elementary Complex Variables

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 97, (1990), pp. 105-119.

Barry Mazur

Number Theory as Gadfly

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 98 (1991), pp. 593-610.

David H. Bailey, Jonathan M. Borwein and Peter B. Borwein

Ramanujan, Modular Equations, and Approximations to Pi, or, How to Compute One Billion Digits of Pi

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 96, (1989), pp. 201-219.

Steven G. Krantz

What is Several Complex Variables?

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 94, (1987), pp. 236-256.

W.B. Raymond Lickorish and Kenneth C. Millett

The New Polynomial Invariants of Knots and Links

*Mathematics Magazine*, Vol. 61, (1988), pp. 2-23.

David Allen Hoffman

The Computer-Aided Discovery of New Embedded Minimal Surfaces. This page is currently not available.

*Mathematical Intelligencer*, Vol. 9, (1987), pp. 8-21.

Jacob Korevaar

Ludwig Bieberbach's Conjecture and Its Proof by Louis de Branges

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 93, (1986), pp. 505-514.

Steve Smale

On the Efficiency of Algorithms in Analysis

*Bulletin of the AMS*, (N.S.), Vol. 13, (1985), pp. 87-121.

James H. Wilkinson

The Perfidious Polynomial

*Studies in Numerical Analysis*, pp. 1-28, MAA Stud. Math., Vol. 24,Math. Assoc. America, Washington, DC, 1984.

George Miel

Of Calculations Past and Present: The Archimedean Algorithm

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 90, (1983), pp. 17-35.

Carl Pomerance

Recent Developments in Primality Testing. This page is currently not available.

*Mathematical Intelligencer*, Vol. 3, (1981), pp. 97-105.

R. Arthur Knoebel

Exponentials Reiterated

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 88, (1981), pp. 235-252.

Kenneth I. Gross

On the Evolution of Noncommutative Harmonic Analysis

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 85, (1978), pp. 525-548.

Heinz Bauer

Approximation and Abstract Boundaries

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 85, (1978), pp. 632-647.

Neil J.A. Sloane

Error-Correcting Codes and Invariant Theory: New Applications of a Nineteenth-Century Technique

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 84, (1977), pp. 82-107.

Shreeram S. Abhyankar

Historical Ramblings in Algebraic Geometry and Related Algebra

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 83, (1976), pp. 409-448.

W. Gilbert Strang

Piecewise Polynomials and the Finite Element Method

*Bulletin of the AMS*, Vol. 79, (1973), pp. 1128-1137.

Lawrence Zalcman

Real Proofs of Complex Theorems (and vice versa)

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 81, (1974), pp. 115-137.

M.D. Davis and Reuben Hersh

Hilbert's 10th Problem This page is currently not available.

*Scientific American*, vol. 229, (1973), pp. 84-91.

Peter D. Lax

The Formation and Decay of Shock Waves

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 79, (1972), pp. 227-241.

C.D. Olds

The Simple Continued Fraction Expansion of e

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 77, (1970), pp. 968-974.

Jean Francois Treves

On Local Solvability of Linear Partial Differential Equations

*Bulletin of the AMS*, Vol. 76, (1970), pp. 552-571.

Norman Levinson

A Motivated Account of an Elementary Proof of the Prime Number Theorem

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 76, (1969), pp. 225-245.

Shiing Shen Chern

Curves and Surfaces in Euclidean Space

*Studies in Global Geometry and Analysis*, pp. 16-56, MAA Stud. Math., Vol. 4, Math. Assoc. America, Washington, DC, 1967.

Mark Kac

Can One Hear the Shape of a Drum?

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 73, (1966), pp. 1-23.

Guido Weiss

Harmonic Analysis

*Studies in Real and Complex Analysis*, pp. 124-178, MAA Stud. Math., Vol. 3, Math. Assoc. America, Washington, DC, 1965.

Jack K. Hale & Joseph P. LaSalle

Differential Equations: Linearity vs. Nonlinearity. This page is currently not available.

*SIAM Review* 5 (1963), pp. 249-272.

Leon Henkin

Are Mathematics and Logic Identical?

*Science*, Vol. 138, (1962), pp. 788-794.

Philip J. Davis

Leonhard Euler's Integral: An Historical Profile of the Gamma Function

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 66, (1959), pp. 849-869.

Cornelius Lanczos

Linear Systems in Self-Adjoint Form

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 65, (1958), pp. 665-679.

R.H. Bruck

Recent Advances in the Foundations of Euclidean Plane Geometry

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 62, (1955), pp. 2-17.

E.J. McShane

Partial Orderings and Moore-Smith Limits

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 59, (1952), pp. 1-11.

Mark Kac

Random Walk and the Theory of Brownian Motion

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 54, (1947), pp. 369-391.

Paul R. Halmos

The Foundations of Probability

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 51, (1944), pp. 493-510.

R.H. Cameron

Some Introductory Exercises in the Manipulation of Fourier Transforms

*National Mathematics Magazine*, Vol. 15, (1941), pp. 331-356.

Saunders MacLane

Modular Fields

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 47, (1940), pp. 67-84

Some Recent Advances in Algebra

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 46, (1939), pp. 3-19.

G.T. Whyburn

On the Structure of Continua

*Bulletin of the AMS*, Vol. 42, (1936), pp. 49-73.

Dunham Jackson

The Convergence of Fourier Series

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 41, (1934), pp. 67-84

Series of Orthogonal Polynomials

*Annals of Mathematics*, Vol. 34, (1933), pp. 527-545

Orthogonal Trigonometric Sums

*Annals of Mathematics*, Vol. 34, (1933), pp. 799-814.

G.H. Hardy

An Introduction to the Theory of Numbers

*Bulletin of the AMS*, Vol. 35, (1929), pp. 778-818.

T.H. Hildebrandt

The Borel Theorem and Its Generalizations

*Bulletin of the AMS*, Vol. 32, (1926), pp. 423-474.

G.A. Bliss

Algebraic Functions and Their Divisors

*Annals of Mathematics*, Vol. 26, (1924), pp. 95-124.