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Critics Corner

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

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.
A collection of problems that should be of interest and use to teachers at all levels
Our reviewer finds this collection of translations of Babylonian mathematical tablets to be both fascinating and accessible.
A collection of original texts to help students learn some important areas of mathematics.
A gallery of episodes from the history of calculus.
A math history class visits the 'Beautiful Science' exhibit at the Huntington Library in Southern California.
A sourcebook of original materials in the history of mathematics from ancient times to the early twentieth century.
Review of a book that suggests that the accepted historical chronology is fundamentally flawed.