Congratulations to Timothy Gowers, editor of The Princeton Companion to Mathematics, who was recently awarded the Euler Book Prize for 2011 by the Mathematical Association of America. In the Euler Book Prize citation it is noted, “[t]he Committee, in recommending the award, singled out Professor Gowers because of his extraordinary achievement in putting this whole volume together (over 1000 pages of text) and also for writing a beautiful 76-page introduction as well as 68 of the 288 individual entries.”
The Euler Book Prize, according to the Mathematical Association’s website, is given to the author or authors of an outstanding book about mathematics. They claim that each book “shall be judged on clarity of exposition and the degree to which they have had or show promise of having a positive impact on the public’s view of mathematics […] A textbook, though not normally eligible for this award, could be recognized if the Committee on the Euler Book Prize is convinced that it is innovative, distinctive, well written, and very likely to have a long-standing impact on mathematics.”
Besides this award, Gowers’ work has been praised by CHOICE Magazine’s Outstanding Academic Titles in 2009, and received Honorable Mention for the 2008 PROSE Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence for Single Volume Reference/Science by the Association of American Publishers.
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