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Essays on how number has been critical to the work of scientists through the ages.
A brief introduction to the life of John Napier, along with an animation of calculations using Napier's bones.
The classic work by Dirk Struik is still worth reading, especially for its attention to the social context of the development of mathematical ideas.
A delightful survey of the history of trigonometry, along with discussions of its uses, both ancient and modern.
This a wonderfully written tour of aspects of classical geometry-- a must read for all geometry teachers.
A superb collection of articles by experts on various areas of the history of analysis, from the Greeks to modern times.
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.
An English translation of Eratosthenes' Geography, which includes "On the Measurement of the Earth."
The history of apportionment of representatives in the U.S. Congress, from the 1790s until today, along with a discussion of the mathematics involved in the various methods.
The expression 0^0 is usually called an indeterminate form. This article details the history of the meaning of this expression and concludes that, in some cases, we should evaluate it as 1.

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