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

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.
A wonderful survey of the history of mathematics, emphasizing its relationship with the ambient culture.
A sketch of the history of topology, beginning with the polyhedron formula, but continuing up to the present.
Essays on various aspects of mathematical thought by prominent mathematicians of the past century.
In this fascinating and accessible book, the author devotes one lively, informative page of description and one striking, full-page illustration to each of 250 milestones in mathematics.

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