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

An introduction to the work of Venn as well as the work of the author in extending some of Venn's results.
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.
Nine examples of using history in the mathematics classroom -- for those who read French!
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.

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