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Euler Book Prize

The Euler Book Prize is awarded annually to an author or authors of an outstanding book about mathematics. The Prize is intended to recognize authors of exceptionally well written books with a positive impact on the public's view of mathematics and to encourage the writing of such books. Eligible books include mathematical monographs at the undergraduate level, histories, biographies, works of fiction, poetry; collections of essays, and works on mathematics as it is related to other areas of arts and sciences. To be considered for the Euler Prize a book must be published during the five years preceding the award and must be in English. The Euler book prize is $2,000.

The prize was established in 2005 and will be given every year at a national meeting of the Association, beginning in 2007, the 300th anniversary of the birth of Leonhard Euler. This award also honors Virginia and Paul Halmos whose generosity made the award possible.

MAA members may recommend books to be considered for the Euler Prize.

List of Recipients

2014

Steven Strogatz, The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012)

2013

Persi Diaconis and Ron Graham, Magical Mathematics: The Mathematical Ideas that Animate Great Magic Tricks (Princeton University Press, 2011)

2012

Daina Taimiņa, Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes (AK Peters; 2009) 

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2011

Timothy Gowers, The Princeton Companion to Mathematics, Princeton University Press, 2008.

2010

David S. Richeson, Euler’s Gem: The Polyhedron Formula and the Birth of Topology, Princeton University Press, 2008.

2009

Siobhan Roberts, King of Infinite Space: Donald Coxeter, the Man Who Saved Geometry, Walker and Company, New York, 2006.

2008

Benjamin H. Yandell, The Honors Class. Hilbert's Problems and Their Solvers, AK Peters, Natick, MA, 2002.

2007

John Derbyshire, Prime Obsession: Bernhard Riemann and the Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics, Joseph Henry Press (National Academies Press), 2003.

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