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

The beginnings of land measurement in the early United States and how this affected American democracy.
Poster of Banneker, with a brief description of his life and work.
A biography of Hypatia in her times, which carefully distinguishes between the known facts of her life and the many speculations about her.
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.
An English translation of Eratosthenes' Geography, which includes "On the Measurement of the Earth."
This website is connected to the book, The Joy of Pi. It has numerous interesting facts about pi, with links to additional sites.
The classic work by Dirk Struik is still worth reading, especially for its attention to the social context of the development of mathematical ideas.
This unique and beautiful book features the biographies of twenty-two notable female mathematicians and scientists, showing how their determination, creativity, and intellectual passion helped them excel in their fields.