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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.
This resource consists of a series of 61 worksheets, each focused on a particular problem and related to a particular historical mathematical personality.
A history of algebra from its early beginnings to the twentieth century.
This 1989 revision of the 1969 NCTM yearbook still provides wonderful suggestions for using the history of mathematics in the classroom.
A survey of this theorem's 4000 year history, with applications to many fields.
Archimedes' work, The Method, explained, along with many other important ideas of the great Greek geometer.
A survey of the use of technology in American mathematics teaching over the past 200 years.