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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.
Subtitled How an Ancient Brotherhood Cracked the Code of the Universe and Lit the Path from Antiquity to Outer Space, this is a book of entertaining stories more so than scholarly research.
A great book from which to learn and teach the subject of relativity.
A new history of Greek mathematics, taking into account the latest research.
The author became fascinated with the mysterious role of √-1 in electronics. Turning to history for insight, he brings the perspectives of both a practical man and a scholar in conveying the enchantment of mathematics for a non-mathematician.
An introduction to the prime numbers in many of their aspects.
A history of the concept of zero from as far back as the Babylonian period, with philosophical excursions into the meaning of "nothing".

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