Chalkdust Book of the Year 2023

We announce the shortlist of our favourite maths-themed books of last year


It’s time to anounce the shortlist for the Chalkdust Magazine Book of the Year award. One maths book that was published in 2023 will be joining Kit Yates’s The Maths of Life and Death, Eugenia Cheng & Aleksandra Artymowska’s Molly and the Mathematical Mystery, Lara Alcock’s How to Think about Abstract Algebra, and Coralie Colmez’s The Irrational Diary of Clara Valentine and Ben Orlin’s Math Games with Bad Drawings by receiving this prestigious award.

Additionally, you—our readers—can vote for your favourite book on the shortlist, by completing the poll at the bottom of this page.

We have picked nine maths-themed books released in 2023 to be on our shortlist for the prize. These are (in alphabetical order):

The 2023 shortlist

These books are all very good, but we can only pick one winner of the prize. Over the course of the next few weeks, we will be posting reviews of each of these books, including notes relating to our four judging criteria—style, control, damage, and aggression.

Lines are now open for you to vote for your favourite book on the shortlist (see below). Voting closes on Saturday 30 March 2024.

The winner of the Chalkdust Magazine Book of the Year 2023, plus the winner of our readers’ vote, will be announced in issue 19.

What is your favourite book on the 2023 Book of the Year shortlist?

  • That's Mathematics by Chris Smith (91%, 277 Votes)
  • Once Upon a Prime by Sarah Hart (3%, 10 Votes)
  • How to Expect the Unexpected by Kit Yates (2%, 6 Votes)
  • Short Cuts: Maths by Katie Steckles (2%, 5 Votes)
  • Headscratchers by Rob Eastaway (1%, 2 Votes)
  • The Spirit of Mathematics by David Acheson (0%, 1 Votes)
  • The Truth Detective by Tim Harford (0%, 1 Votes)
  • The Secret Lives of Numbers by Kate Kitagawa & Timothy Revell (0%, 1 Votes)
  • A Year in Numbers by Kyle D Evans (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 303

Loading ... Loading ...

More from Chalkdust