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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 survey of concepts of infinite sets over the centuries.
Review of a book that suggests that the accepted historical chronology is fundamentally flawed.
A math history class visits the 'Beautiful Science' exhibit at the Huntington Library in Southern California.
A delightful survey of the history of trigonometry, along with discussions of its uses, both ancient and modern.
William Cook recounts the history of and computational progress on the traveling salesman problem, emphasizing connections within mathematics and with other disciplines.
A new edition of a brief history text, arranged topically rather than chronologically.

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