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Roland van der Veen to receive MAA Beckenbach Book Prize

The book ‘The Riemann Hypothesis: A Million Dollar Problem’ has been elected by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) as one of the best books on mathematics. On 13 January assistant professor at Leiden University Roland van der Veen and co-author Jan van de Craats will receive the MAA Beckenbach Book Prize.

Beckenbach Book Prize

The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) is one of the world’s largest communities of mathematicians, students, and enthousiasts. They accelerate the understanding of our world through mathematics. With the Beckenbach Book Prize they honour authors of distinguished, innovative books published by MAA Press.

'A masterful book '

‘Taking on one of the most famous open problems in mathematics, The Riemann Hypothesis: A Million Dollar Problem covers a challenging journey that many mathematicians would struggle to communicate concisely. Authors Van der Veen and Van de Craats have written a masterful book that is an effective introduction to a fascinating mathematical problem,’ the MAA conclude. Michael Pearson, executive director of the MAA, adds: ‘The MAA is proud to award the prestigious Beckenbach Book Prize to the creators behind this innovative work on the Riemann Hypothesis which exemplifies the quality we strive for in MAA Publications.’

About the authors

As an assistant professor at Leiden University, Van der Veen studies topology, representation theory, and mathematical physics. Co-author Van de Craats is an emeritus mathematics professor at the University of Amsterdam and had been the coach for the Dutch International Mathematical Olympiad team for many years.

Van der Veen and Van de Craats will receive their prize on 13 January at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego, one of the world’s largest gatherings of mathematicians.