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Reviews of books, websites, poster sets, movies, and other resources for learning and teaching the history of mathematics.

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 math history class visits the 'Beautiful Science' exhibit at the Huntington Library in Southern California.
A CD with eleven modules, each containing numerous activities designed to help secondary teachers use the history of mathematics to teach mathematics.
Our reviewer praises the selection of excerpts, the use of facsimiles rather than transcriptions, and the commentary and English translation in this collection.
How does geometry begin? This work explores the origins of geometry in the work of artisans.
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.