Convergence is once again pleased to present the three winning papers from the 2011 Student Paper Contest sponsored by the History of Mathematics Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of America (HOM SIGMAA). The winning papers were selected by a team of judges headed by HOM SIGMAA Prize Coordinator Herb Kasube and facilitated by HOM SIGMAA Program Coordinator Amy Shell-Gellasch. HOM SIGMAA has sponsored the Student Paper Contest since 2004 and this is Kasube's first year organizing the contest.
Winners received books from Johns Hopkins University Press and the MAA, along with a one-year MAA membership. All finalists in the contest received a one-year membership to the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics (CSHPM).
Kepler's Development of Mathematical Astronomy, by Paul Stahl, University of Missouri - Kansas City (faculty advisor: Richard Delaware)
Mathematics and Mathematical Thought in the Quadrivium of Isidore of Seville, by Sarah Costrell, Brandeis University
Thomas Harriot's Artis Analyticae Praxis and the Roots of Modern Algebra, by Rick Hill, University of Missouri - Kansas City (faculty advisor: Richard Delaware)