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

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.
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.
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.

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