The Beckenbach Book Prize, established in 1986, is the successor to the MAA Book Prize which was established in 1982. It is named for the late Edwin Beckenbach, a long-time leader in the publications program of the Association and a well-known professor of mathematics at the University of California at Los Angeles. This prize of $1,000 is awarded to an author of a distinguished, innovative book published by the MAA. The award is not given on a regularly scheduled basis, but is given only when a book appears that is judged to be truly outstanding.
William P. Berlinghoff and Fernando Q. Gouvêa Math through the Ages: a Gentle History for Teachers and Others, The Mathematical Association of America & Oxton House Publishers, 2004