# Merten M. Hasse Prize

In 1986 an anonymous donor gave the Mathematical Association of America funds sufficient to support a prize honoring inspiring and dedicated teachers. The prize is to be named after Merten M. Hasse, who was a former teacher of the donor, and who exemplified these qualities of a fine teacher. The prize is designed to be an encouragement to younger mathematicians to take up the challenge of exposition and communication.

The Merten M. Hasse Prize is for a noteworthy expository paper appearing in an Association publication, at least one of whose authors is a younger mathematician, generally under the age of forty. The prize is to be $1,000, together with a certificate, and is to be awarded at Summer Meetings of the Mathematical Association of America in odd-numbered years. The award is to be made for material published during the four calendar years beginning January 1 five years prior to the time of the award. The prize may be given for a paper which has already been recognized by an Allendoerfer, Ford, or Pólya Award.

MAA members may recommend books to be considered for the Merten Hasse Prize by completing the brief survey here.

## List of Recipients

## 2023

Matt Davis, Adam E. Parker, and Daniel A. N. Vargas

Being Rational About Algebraic Numbers,

*The College Mathematics Journal*, Vol. 52, no. 5, pp. 327–337.

doi.org/10.1080/07468342.2021.1967651

## 2021

Zvi Rosen, Jessica Sidman, and Louis Theran

Algebraic Matroids in Action

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 127, no. 3, pp. 199–216.

DOI: 10.1080/00029890.2020.1689781

## 2019

David Treeby

Further Thoughts on a Paradoxical Tower

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 125, no. 1, January 2018, pp. 44–60.

## 2017

Lasse Rempe-Gillen and Zhaiming Shen

The Exponential Map Is Chaotic: An Invitation to Transcendental Dynamics

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 122, no. 10, December 2015, pp. 919-940

## 2015

Charles Doran and Ursula Whitcher

From Polygons to String Theory

*Mathematics Magazine*, Vol. 85, no. 5, December 2012, pp. 343-360

## 2013

Henryk Gerlach and Heiko von der Mosel

On Sphere-Filling Ropes

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 118, no. 10, December 2011, pp. 863-876

## 2011

Alissa S. Crans, Thomas M. Fiore, and Ramon Satyendra

Musical Actions of Dihedral Groups

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, vol. 116, no. 6, June 2009, pp. 479-495.

## 2009

Andrew Bashelor, Amy Ksir, and Will Traves

Enumerative Algebraic Geometry of Conics

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, vol. 115, no. 8, October 2008, pp. 701-728.

## 2007

Franklin Mendivil

Fractals, Graphs, and Fields

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 110, (2003), pp. 503-515.

## 2005

Maureen T. Carroll and Steven T. Dougherty

Tic-Tac-Toe on a Finite Plane

*Mathematics Magazine*, Vol. 77, No. 4, (2004), pp.260-274.

## 2003

Manjul Bhargava

The Factorial Function and Generalizations

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 107, (2000), pp.783-799.

## 2001

Francis Edward Su,

Rental Harmony: Sperner’s Lemma in Fair Division

*The American Mathematical Monthly*, Vol. 106, (1999), pp. 930-942.

## 1999

Aleksandar Jurisic

The Mercedes Knot Problem

*The American Mathematical Monthly,* Vol. 103, (1996), pp. 756-770.

## 1997

Jonathan King

Three Problems in Search of a Measure

*The American Mathematical Monthly,* Vol. 101, (1994), pp. 609-628.

## 1995

Andrew J. Granville

Zaphod Beeblebrox’s Brain and the Fifty-ninth Row of Pascal’s Triangle

*The American Mathematical Monthly,* Vol 99, (1992), 318-331.

## 1993

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.

## 1991

Barry Cipra

An Introduction to the Ising Model

*The American Mathematical Monthly,* Vol. 94, (1987), pp. 937-959.

## 1989

Irl C. Bivens

What a Tangent Line Is When It Isn’t a Limit

*The College Mathematics Journal* Vol. 17, (1986), pp. 133-143.

## 1987

Anthony Barcellos

The Fractal Geometry of Mandelbrot

*The College Mathematics Journal*, Vol. 15, (1984), pp. 98-114.