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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.
An excellent and careful study of matrix methods for solving systems of linear equations in first century China.
A wonderful book about the square root of 2, beginning with the search for the side of a square double a given square.
Original source material from seventeen mathematicians, with commentary by Stephen Hawking.
Short biographies of mathematicians with mathematical activities.
Aspects of classical Greek mathematics are compared with areas of Babylonian mathematics.
A collection of biographies of sixty mathematicians from the eighteenth century to the twentieth.