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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 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.
Brief biographies of mathematicians with mathematical activities based on their work.
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 comprehensive history of trigonometry from ancient times to the Renaissance.
Website containing much information on mathematical symbolism and terminology, as well as portraits of mathematicians from postage stamps.
The author constructs a possible mathematical path from the ancient Babylonians to Pythagoras, Euclid, and the ancient Greeks.

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