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Critics Corner

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

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.
Review of a book that suggests that the accepted historical chronology is fundamentally flawed.
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.
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.