MAA Writing Awards
Year of Award: 1966
Publication Information: The American Mathematical Monthly, vol. 72, 1965, pp. 577-591
Summary: The permanent of a square matrix is the analog of a determinant where all the signs in the expansion by minors are taken as positive. (See http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Permanent.html.) The authors review the history of the concept, discuss the properties of permanents, and give some conjectures and problems.
About the Authors: Both Marvin Marcus and Henryk Minc were at U.C., Santa Barbara, at the time of publication.