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

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.
Videotape of aspects of the history of mathematics.
The first detailed biography of James Joseph Sylvester.
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.