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

A math history class visits the 'Beautiful Science' exhibit at the Huntington Library in Southern California.
A CD with eleven modules, each containing numerous activities designed to help secondary teachers use the history of mathematics to teach mathematics.
Our reviewer praises the selection of excerpts, the use of facsimiles rather than transcriptions, and the commentary and English translation in this collection.
How does geometry begin? This work explores the origins of geometry in the work of artisans.
This resource consists of a series of 61 worksheets, each focused on a particular problem and related to a particular historical mathematical personality.
A history of algebra from its early beginnings to the twentieth century.
This 1989 revision of the 1969 NCTM yearbook still provides wonderful suggestions for using the history of mathematics in the classroom.
A survey of this theorem's 4000 year history, with applications to many fields.
This a wonderfully written tour of aspects of classical geometry-- a must read for all geometry teachers.
This book describes some of the so-called temple geometry problems that Japanese mathematicians posed and solved beginning in the seventeenth century.