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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 history of attempts to solve cubic and higher degree polynomial equations, including the notions of group theory and their relationship to the idea of symmetry.
Boyer's classic text, as revised by Uta Merzbach, is still worth having.
These posters illustrate aspects of the history of mathematics in countries from Babylonia to Ireland.
The beginnings of land measurement in the early United States and how this affected American democracy.
Poster of Banneker, with a brief description of his life and work.
A biography of Hypatia in her times, which carefully distinguishes between the known facts of her life and the many speculations about her.
A discussion of the meaning of mathematical unsolvability in the context of the history of Abel's proof of the unsolvability of the quintic equation in terms of radicals.