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Critics Corner

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

Short sketches on how mathematicians work and think.
Two posters illustrating the major milestones in the history of mathematics, from the first ideas of "number" to the proof of Fermat's Last Theorem.
A collection of short biographical sketches of people involved in the development of calculus, as well as brief descriptions of important events in that development.
This collection of readings gives details on the history of mathematics education in the U.S. from 1828 to 1959.
A new history of mathematics in ancient Mesopotamia, concentrating on its social aspects.
A study of the rise of English algebra from the Medieval period to the end of the seventeenth century.
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.