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

The author became fascinated with the mysterious role of √-1 in electronics. Turning to history for insight, he brings the perspectives of both a practical man and a scholar in conveying the enchantment of mathematics for a non-mathematician.
An introduction to the prime numbers in many of their aspects.
A history of the concept of zero from as far back as the Babylonian period, with philosophical excursions into the meaning of "nothing".
The two final volumes of the MAA tercentenary series on Euler present numerous papers on various aspects of Euler's life and work.
A collection of articles from the American Mathematical Monthly by experts on the evolution of various fields of mathematics.
A new history of mathematics in ancient Mesopotamia, concentrating on its social aspects.
A study of the rise of English algebra from the Medieval period to the end of the seventeenth century.
A survey of techniques of minimizing and maximizing over the centuries.
In this collection of essays on modern trends and issues in the history of mathematics, consideration of mathematics history in the classroom is often more theoretical than practical.
A highly recommended new book on the history and applications of pi.

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