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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 Euler Book Prize was established in 2005 and first given 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. The award is given every year at a national meeting of the Association.

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List of Recipients


Ian Stewart, In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations that Changed the World (Basic Books, New York, 2012)


Jordan Ellenberg, How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking (The Penguin Press, New York, 2014)


Edward Frenkel, Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality (Basic Books,New York 2013)


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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