June 03, 2024

Roger Nelsen Awarded the 2024 Beckenbach Book Prize

Roger Nelsen, professor emeritus of mathematics, has been awarded the 2024 Beckenbach Book Prize by the Mathematical Association of America for his latest book titled Nuggets of Number Theory: A Visual Approach.

Roger Nelsen, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Roger Nelsen, Professor Emeritus of MathematicsNuggets of Number Theory: A Visual Approach invites readers on a fascinating journey into the world of elementary number theory. Through his accessible and engaging writing style, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Roger Nelsen effortlessly blends historical references, anecdotes, and compelling topics to create an intriguing narrative for readers of all backgrounds.

“The book would not exist without the ongoing support I receive every day at the College from the Mathematical Sciences faculty and students,” Nelsen said. “My thanks to the faculty for ensuring, fifteen years after my retirement, that I am still welcomed in the department. And so, my heartfelt thanks to Paul Allen, Yung-Pin Chen, Peter Drake, Jeff Ely, Andy Fry, Alain Kägi, Jens Mache, Liz Stanhope, Iva Stavrov, and Sweta Suryanarayan—the best colleagues an emeritus could ever have.”

Nuggets of Number Theory by Roger Nelsen Nuggets of Number Theory by Roger NelsenThe book’s innovative style is evident from the start. Opening Nuggets of Number Theory to any page reveals a neat visual proof, an intriguing numerical insight, or a captivating historical anecdote. The book is designed to draw readers into the wonders of number theory and offer fresh perspectives on classic theorems and problems. Readers will discover that elementary number theory remains a vibrant subject where new approaches to traditional problems can still be found.

The Mathematical Association of America is the world’s largest community of mathematicians, students, and enthusiasts. The Beckenbach Prize, established in 1986 as the successor to the MAA Book Prize from 1982, is named in honor of the late Edwin Beckenbach, a prominent figure in the Association’s publications program and a renowned mathematics professor at UCLA.