Levi L. Conant Prize

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The Levi L. Conant Prize is a mathematics prize of the American Mathematical Society, which has been awarded since 2000 for outstanding expository papers published in the Bulletin of the AMS or the Notices of the AMS in the past five years. The award is worth $1,000 and is awarded annually.

The award is named after Levi L. Conant (1857–1916), a professor at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, known as the author of anthropological mathematics book "The number concept" (1896). He left the AMS $10,000 for the foundation of the award bearing his name.


  • 2017: David H. Bailey, Jonathan Borwein, Andrew Mattingly and Glenn Wightwick for The Computation of Previously Inaccessible Digits of π2 and Catalan's Constant, Notices of the AMS, August 2013
  • 2016: Daniel Rothman for Earth's Carbon Cycle: A Mathematical Perspective, Bulletin of the AMS, vol 52, 2015, p 86-102
  • 2015: Jeffrey Lagarias and Zong Chuanming for Mysteries in Packing Regular Tetrahedra, Notices of the AMS, Volume 59, No. 11, (2012), 1540-1549.
  • 2014: Alex Kontorovich for From Apollonius to Zaremba: Local-global phenomena in thin orbits, Bulletin AMS, Vol. 50, 2013, pg. 187-228
  • 2013: John C. Baez and John Huerta, for "The algebra of grand unified theories". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 47 (3): 483–552. 2010. doi:10.1090/S0273-0979-10-01294-2. 
  • 2012: Persi Diaconis for The Markov chain Monte Carlo revolution, Bulletin AMS, Vol. 46, 2009, pg. 179–205
  • 2011: David Vogan for The Character Table for E8, Notices of the AMS, Vol. 54, 2007, pg. 1122–1134
  • 2010: Bryna Kra for The Green–Tao Theorem on arithmetic progressions in the primes: an ergodic point of view. Bulletin AMS, Vol. 43, 2006, pg. 3–23
  • 2009: John Morgan for Recent Progress on the Poincaré Conjecture and the Classification of 3-Manifolds. Bulletin of the AMS, Vol. 42, 2005, pg. 57–78.
  • 2008: J. Brian Conrey for The Riemann Hypothesis. Notices of the AMS, Vol. 50, 2003, No. 3, pg. 341–353; and Shlomo Hoory, Nathan Linial, Avi Wigderson for Expander graphs and their applications. Bulletin of the AMS, Vol. 43, 2006, No. 4, pg. 439–561.
  • 2007: Jeffrey Weeks for The Poincare Dodecahedral Space and the Mystery of the Missing Fluctuations. Notices of the AMS, Vol. 51, 2004, No. 6, pg. 610–619.
  • 2006: Ronald Solomon for A Brief History of the Classification of the Finite Simple Groups. Bulletin of the AMS, Vol. 38, 2001, No. 3, pg. 315–352.
  • 2005: Allen Knutson, Terence Tao for Honeycombs and Sums of Hermitian Matrices. Notices of the AMS, Vol. 48, 2001, pg. 175–186
  • 2004: Noam Elkies for Lattices, Linear Codes, and Invariants. Notices of the AMS, Vol. 47, 2000, Part 1: No. 10, pg. 1238–45; Part 2: No. 11, pg. 1382–91.
  • 2003: Nicholas Katz, Peter Sarnak for Zeroes of zeta functions and symmetry. Bulletin of the AMS, Vol. 36, 1999, pg. 1–26
  • 2002: Elliott Lieb and Jakob Yngvason for A Guide to Entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Notices of the AMS, Vol. 45, 1998, No. 5, pg. 571–581.
  • 2001: Carl Pomerance for A Tale of Two Sieves. Notices of the AMS Vol. 43, No. 12, 1996, pg. 1473–1485


The original article was a translation of the corresponding German article.