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Critics Corner

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

Two excellent volumes on Euler in honor of his three hundredth birthday
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.
A survey of over two thousand years of the history of mathematics on the Indian subcontinent.
Reprint of a classic biography of Gauss, with a new forward by Jeremy Gray.
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.
An excellent book surveying the history of the philosophy of mathematics from the time of Plato to the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Where does pi come from? Why should we be interested in negative numbers, or square roots of negative numbers? How did people ever figure out the quadratic formula? A truly wonderful reference for teachers at all levels.