The Mathical Book Prize is awarded by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in Berkeley, California. MSRI is one of the world’s preeminent centers for collaborative research in mathematics. Our mission is to advance mathematical research, foster talent, and further the appreciation and understanding of mathematics.
Our public programs aim to showcase the importance and beauty of math to the general public. MSRI strives to make mathematics accessible and exciting to those outside the field through the National Math Festival, sponsorship of Numberphile (one of YouTube’s most popular informal mathematics channels, with over 4.1 million subscribers), film production for public television (mostly recently Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani), and the Mathical Book Prize.
MSRI is supported by the National Science Foundation with additional support from other government agencies, private foundations, corporations, individual donors, and over 100 academic institutions.
In 2022-23, MSRI is becoming the Simons Laufer Mathematical Sciences Institute (SLMath).
MSRI is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the United States, and it is not affiliated with any publisher or bookseller of Mathical award titles.
MSRI is pleased to partner with two of the United States’ premier professional associations for educators, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Members of each organization are represented on the Mathical Book Prize selection panel, and both organizations coordinate with MSRI to announce the competition results, share resources for educators, and promote Mathical award winning titles both online and at events throughout the country.
The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is the nation’s most comprehensive literacy organization, supporting more than 25,000 teachers across the PreK–college spectrum. Through the expertise of its members, NCTE has served at the forefront of every major improvement in the teaching and learning of English and the language arts since 1911.
Support for Low-Income Communities and Schools
We gratefully acknowledge the following organizations and individuals:
The Mathical Book Prize is made possible with support from the Firedoll Foundation and Joan and Irwin Jacobs.
The Firedoll Foundation, a private family foundation founded by Sandor and Faye Straus in 1998, helps non-profits “fight the good fight” for environmental conservation and justice, immigration and human rights, community development, Middle East peace, and support for those affected by traumatic brain injury.
Joan and Irwin Jacobs co-sponsor the Mathical Book Prize, as well as supporting initiatives promoting arts and culture, education, science, health, and medicine in the San Diego community and nationwide.