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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 website with links to information about numerous topics in the history of mathematics.
Author Keith Devlin argues that the impact of the Pisan merchant and his Arabic numbers on medieval Europe was even greater than previously thought.
A new edition of a classic work on number theory.
A collection of articles in the history of mathematics that appeared in journals of the Mathematical Association of America over the past 90 years.
A historically minded textbook designed to teach real analysis by considering some of the problems faced by 19th century mathematicians.

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