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

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.
The authors makes the case for Leonardo da Vinci as the first modern scientist, as he discussed Leonardo's mathematics and science.
Portraits of 92 living mathematicians, with autobiographical comments.
Jacqueline Stedall has uncovered the numerous algebraic ideas of Thomas Harriot from the early 17th century and has organized them into a readable treatise.
An English translation of Eratosthenes' Geography, which includes "On the Measurement of the Earth."
This website is connected to the book, The Joy of Pi. It has numerous interesting facts about pi, with links to additional sites.
The classic work by Dirk Struik is still worth reading, especially for its attention to the social context of the development of mathematical ideas.

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