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Critics Corner

Reviews of books, websites, poster sets, movies, and other resources for learning and teaching 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.
A popular history of ancient mathematics, dealing with the mathematics of ancient Egypt and Babylonia.
A wonderful survey of the history of mathematics, emphasizing its relationship with the ambient culture.
A sketch of the history of topology, beginning with the polyhedron formula, but continuing up to the present.
Essays on various aspects of mathematical thought by prominent mathematicians of the past century.
The movie Agora, about the mathematician Hypatia of Alexandria (c. 400 AD), is spectacular and intriguing but Hypatia should be portrayed as the hero she was.
A cultural history of the infinite, from ancient to modern times, in which the author clarifies the conceptual underpinnings of this vast topic.
A collection of the Kenneth May lectures in the history of mathematics given at meetings of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics.

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