Neumann Prize

Neumann Prize

The British Society for the History of Mathematics is pleased to announce the biennial Neumann Prize for 2021. The prize is awarded for a book in English (including books in translation) dealing with the history of mathematics and aimed at a non-specialist readership and published in 2019 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: 

  • Edited volumes
  • 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.  A list of past prize-winners can be found on the BSHM website:

Nominations for the prize are invited from individuals and publishers. Nominations should be sent to the chair of the judging panel, Ciarán Mac an Bhaird. Publishers should send an electronic copy of their nominated book(s) to and three hard copies to Dr Ciarán Mac an Bhaird, Chair, BSHM Neumann Prize panel, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Maynooth University, Co. Kildare, Ireland, W23 HW31.  

The closing date for receipt of nominations is 1st September, 2021.

Neumann Prize panel 2021: Professor Chris Budd (University of Bath), Professor Serafina Cuomo (University of Durham), Dr. Ciarán Mac an Bhaird (Maynooth University).

Previous winners

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