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Reviews of books, websites, poster sets, movies, and other resources for learning and teaching the history of mathematics.

Elements of Mathematics: From Euclid to Gödel, by John Stillwell. 440 pp.
Mathematics in Ancient Egypt: A Contextual History, Annette Imhausen, 2016. 248 pp.
Review of the book Enlightening Symbols: A Short History of Mathematical Notation and Its Hidden Powers, by Joseph Mazur
Seventeenth century proponents of the elusive infinitesimal clashed with Clavius and the Catholic Church.
A collection of problems that should be of interest to teachers at all levels. Frank Swetz shares this observation at the close of his book, Mathematical Expeditions: Exploring Word Problems across the Ages.
Our reviewer finds this collection of translations of Babylonian mathematical tablets to be both fascinating and accessible.
An excellent book surveying the history of the philosophy of mathematics from the time of Plato to the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Where does pi come from? Why should we be interested in negative numbers, or square roots of negative numbers? How did people ever figure out the quadratic formula? A truly wonderful reference for teachers at all levels.
This book demonstrates the relationship between the mathematics in some recently discovered Babylonian tablets and some standard problems from Egyptian mathematics.
Poster picturing five famous women, from Hypatia to Grace Hopper.