Neumann Prize

Neumann Prize


The British Society for the History of Mathematics is pleased to announce the biennial Neumann Prize for 2023. The prize is awarded for a book in English (including books in translation) dealing with the history of mathematics, aimed at a non-specialist readership, and published in 2021 or later. There is no further restriction on the subject matter, nor on the nationality of the author or the country of publication. However, the following will not be considered: 

  • Books submitted previously for consideration for the Neumann Prize
  • Edited collections
  • Second and subsequent editions, unless they are very substantially different from the earlier editions 
  • Books by members of BSHM Council in the year of the award, or by the editor of the BJHM (see  

The prize is named in honour of the late Peter M. Neumann O.B.E., a former President and longstanding contributor to the Society.  The value of the prize is £1000.  

Nominations for the prize are invited from individuals and publishers. Intended nominations should be first communicated to the chair of the judging panel, Ciarán Mac an Bhaird ( Publishers will be asked to provide an electronic copy and three hard copies of each nominated book. Please contact Ciarán Mac an Bhaird for the postal addresses to which the hard copies should be posted.     

The closing date for receipt of nominations is 1st September, 2023.

Previous winners

2021: Tony Royle. The Flying Mathematicians of World War I

2019: Martin Beech. Going Underground

2017: Jimmy Soni & Rob Goodman.  A Mind at Play 

2015: Sydney Padua, The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

2013:  Jacqueline Stedall. The history of mathematics: A very short introduction

2011: Clifford A. Pickover, The Math Book

2009: Reviel Netz and William Noel, The Archimedes Codex