MAA Writing Awards
A Motivated Account of an Elementary Proof of the Prime Number Theorem
Year of Award: 1970
Award: Lester R. Ford, also the Chauvenet Prize in 1971
Publication Information: The American Mathematical Monthly, vol. 76, 1969, pp. 225-245
Summary: The author provides a self-contained account of an elementary proof of the prime number theorem because “with the tremendous proliferation of mathematics, many mathematicians no longer study number theory”.
About the Author: (from The American Mathematical Monthly, vol. 76, (1969)) Norman Levinson
studied with Norbert Wiener and received the Sc.D. degree in 1935. He was a travelling Fellow at Cambridge University in 1934-35 and an NRC Fellow in 1935-37. He has been on the MIT staff since 1937, except for a year as Guggenheim Fellow at the Mathematics Institute, Copenhagen and a year at the University of Tel Aviv. His main research interests are transforms, entire functions, probability, and differential equations. He is the author of the AMS Colloquium volume, Gap and Density Theorems, and (with E. Coddington) Ordinary Differential Equations. Professor Levinson received the AMS Bocher Prize and he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.