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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.
A thorough study of Benjamin Franklin's mathematical accomplishments, in particular his work on magic squares.
The authors makes the case for Leonardo da Vinci as the first modern scientist, as he discussed Leonardo's mathematics and science.
Portraits of 92 living mathematicians, with autobiographical comments.
Jacqueline Stedall has uncovered the numerous algebraic ideas of Thomas Harriot from the early 17th century and has organized them into a readable treatise.
An English translation of Eratosthenes' Geography, which includes "On the Measurement of the Earth."
This website is connected to the book, The Joy of Pi. It has numerous interesting facts about pi, with links to additional sites.