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Critics Corner

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

An overly ambitious textbook on the history of mathematics.
A five-volume set of biographies of mathematicians from ancient times to the twentieth century, aimed at secondary students.
A small selection of Euler's works, explained by a master expositor.
The history of the Poincare conjecture up to its recent proof by Grigori Perelman.
Whimsical posters of fifteen mathematicians with brief biographies.
A history of the various algebraic structures that came together to give us "abstract algebra" by early in the twentieth century.
A brief version of the author's well-known history of mathematics text.
A math history class visits the 'Beautiful Science' exhibit at the Huntington Library in Southern California.
A survey of the attempts to prove Kepler's conjecture over the past 400 years.
[Translation of title: Algebra in the Time of Babylon. When Mathematics Were Written on Clay.] A thorough review of Jens Hoyrup's revision, expansion, and French translation of his own 1998 book for Danish high-school students.

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