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Index of Award-Winning Articles on History of Mathematics – The Chauvenet Prize

Chauvenet Prizes

For an outstanding expository article on a mathematical topic from any publisher.


William Dunham
The Early (and Peculiar) History of the Möbius Function
Mathematics Magazine, Vol. 91, no. 2, 2018, 83–91.

Ezra (Bud) Brown and Matthew Crawford
Five Families Around a Well: A New Look at an Old Problem
The College Mathematics Journal, Vol. 49, no. 3, 2018, 162–168.


Brian J. McCartin
e: The Master of All
The Mathematical Intelligencer, Vol. 28, no. 2, 2006, 10–21.


Harold P. Boas
Reflections on the Arbelos
The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 113, no. 3, 2006, 236–249.


John Stillwell
The Story of the 120-Cell
Notices of the AMS, Vol. 48, no. 1, January 2001, pp. 17–24.


Thomas C. Hales
Cannonballs and Honeycombs
Notices of the AMS, Vol. 47, no. 4, April 2000, pp. 440–449.


Michael I. Rosen
Niels Hendrik Abel and Equations of the Fifth Degree
The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 102, June–July 1995, pp. 495–505.


Tom Hawkins
The Birth of Lie's Theory of Groups
Mathematical Intelligencer, Vol. 16, 1994, pp. 6–17.


Donald G. Saari
A Visit to the Newtonian N-body Problem Via Elementary Complex Variables
The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 97, February 1990, pp. 105–119.


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, March 1989, pp. 201–219.


George Miel
Of Calculations Past and Present: The Archimedean Algorithm
The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 90, January 1983, pp. 17–35.


Shreeram S. Abhyankar
Historical Ramblings in Algebraic Geometry and Related Algebra
The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 83, June–July 1976, pp. 409–448.


M.D. Davis and Reuben Hersh
Hilbert's 10th Problem
Scientific American, Vol. 229, no. 5, 1973,  pp. 84–91.


C.D. Olds
The Simple Continued Fraction Expansion of e
The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 77, November 1970, pp. 968–974.


Philip J. Davis
Leonhard Euler's Integral: An Historical Profile of the Gamma Function
The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 66, December 1959, pp. 849–869.

"Index of Award-Winning Articles on History of Mathematics – The Chauvenet Prize," Convergence (June 2020)