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

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.
An introduction to the work of Venn as well as the work of the author in extending some of Venn's results.
A comprehensive history of trigonometry from ancient times to the Renaissance.
Website containing much information on mathematical symbolism and terminology, as well as portraits of mathematicians from postage stamps.
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.
Boyer's classic text, as revised by Uta Merzbach, is still worth having.

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