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

The development of 30 important mathematics subjects during the twentieth century made understandable to undergraduate mathematics majors.
A detailed study of the cycles of the Mayan calendar, along with some other ancient calendars.
A survey of techniques of minimizing and maximizing over the centuries.
In this collection of essays on modern trends and issues in the history of mathematics, consideration of mathematics history in the classroom is often more theoretical than practical.
A highly recommended new book on the history and applications of pi.
A wide-ranging site with links to many sources in the history of mathematics.
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.

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