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

A delightful survey of the history of trigonometry, along with discussions of its uses, both ancient and modern.
William Cook recounts the history of and computational progress on the traveling salesman problem, emphasizing connections within mathematics and with other disciplines.
A new edition of a brief history text, arranged topically rather than chronologically.
A historically minded textbook designed to teach real analysis by considering some of the problems faced by 19th century mathematicians.
The history of the four color problem with sketches of the attempted proofs in the nineteenth century and an outline of the computer proof of the twentieth century.
A collection of articles on mathematics in Europe from the twelfth to the fifteenth century.
A collection of 24 mini-posters, each containing a quotation about mathematics.
A biography of the 18th century author of an early calculus text, with some translations from the text.
Essays on various aspects of Greek science and mathematics, which help give a context for those aspects of Greek culture.
A math history class visits the 'Beautiful Science' exhibit at the Huntington Library in Southern California.

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