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University of Warwick professor awarded prestigious maths prize

Lauren Clarke 11th Jan, 2017

A MATHEMATICIAN at the University of Warwick has been awarded a prestigious prize for his latest book.

Professor Ian Stewart has received the Euler Book Prize from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) – the world’s largest community of mathematicians, students, and enthusiasts – for his book ‘In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World’.

The prize, only given to authors of ‘outstanding’ books about maths, was presented to him at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Atlanta, Georgia – the world’s largest gathering of mathematicians.

His book, ‘In Pursuit of the Unknown’, a journey through the equations that shaped history and gave us mathematics as we know it today – a collection of individual essays each dedicated to a different equation.

Stewart is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick, and has published more than two dozen mathematical books, including Game, Set and Math, and How to Cut a Cake.

Awarding Professor Stewart his award, President of the MAA Francis Su said: “The conversational style of Stewart’s writing makes complicated mathematical concepts accessible to a broad audience, all the while maintaining a high standard of technical expertise that we expect from the Euler Book Prize winner.

“This award honors Stewart for his positive impact on the public’s understanding of mathematics.”


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