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

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.
Videotape of aspects of the history of mathematics.
The first detailed biography of James Joseph Sylvester.
A brief history of mathematics aimed at college students with little technical knowledge of mathematics.
A book delving into the working of the mathematical mind.
The development of 30 important mathematics subjects during the twentieth century made understandable to undergraduate mathematics majors.
A detailed study of the cycles of the Mayan calendar, along with some other ancient calendars.