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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 biography of Arthur Cayley, the outstanding mathematician of Victorian Britain.
Problems taken from Chinese sources
A collection of short pieces detailing how Euler solved a particular mathematics problem.
A collection of sixteen posters of contributors to calculus, with brief biographical sketches.
A biography stressing Agnesi's deep commitment to help those in need.

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