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Critics Corner

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

Essays on various aspects of mathematical thought by prominent mathematicians of the past century.
In this fascinating and accessible book, the author devotes one lively, informative page of description and one striking, full-page illustration to each of 250 milestones in mathematics.
The story of the negative numbers
A section of a much larger website, dealing with some random topics in the history of mathematics.
A reprint of the 32nd yearbook of the NCTM, dealing with developments in mathematics education in the U.S. and Canada. In particular, it gives a history of the various reform movements up to the publication date of 1980.
This book explores the history of mathematics from the perspective of the creative tension between common sense and the "impossible" as the author follows the discovery or invention of new concepts that have marked mathematical progress.


A lively description of ten of the greatest feuds in mathematics.
Posters illustrating mathematics concepts in such places as China, Japan, India, and the Americas.
A book connecting mathematics to mysticism, but not recommended.
A collection of short lectures by Howard Eves giving details on 20 important happenings in the history of mathematics before 1650.

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