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

An excellent book surveying the history of the philosophy of mathematics from the time of Plato to the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Where does pi come from? Why should we be interested in negative numbers, or square roots of negative numbers? How did people ever figure out the quadratic formula? A truly wonderful reference for teachers at all levels.
This book demonstrates the relationship between the mathematics in some recently discovered Babylonian tablets and some standard problems from Egyptian mathematics.
Poster picturing five famous women, from Hypatia to Grace Hopper.
Essays on how number has been critical to the work of scientists through the ages.
A discussion of the meaning of mathematical unsolvability in the context of the history of Abel's proof of the unsolvability of the quintic equation in terms of radicals.
A bibliographical reference to mathematics books printed in the new world before 1700.
A collection of articles on using the history of mathematics of the past 200 years in the undergraduate classroom.
Nine examples of using history in the mathematics classroom -- for those who read French!
A history of attempts to solve cubic and higher degree polynomial equations, including the notions of group theory and their relationship to the idea of symmetry.

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