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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 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.
Reprint of a classic biography of Gauss, with a new forward by Jeremy Gray.
The movie Agora, about the mathematician Hypatia of Alexandria (c. 400 AD), is spectacular and intriguing but Hypatia should be portrayed as the hero she was.
A cultural history of the infinite, from ancient to modern times, in which the author clarifies the conceptual underpinnings of this vast topic.
A collection of the Kenneth May lectures in the history of mathematics given at meetings of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics.
Brief biographies of mathematicians with mathematical activities based on their work.
Two excellent volumes on Euler in honor of his three hundredth birthday
Posters illustrating mathematics concepts in such places as China, Japan, India, and the Americas.

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