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Critics Corner

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

Elements of Mathematics: From Euclid to Gödel, by John Stillwell. 440 pp.
Mathematics in Ancient Egypt: A Contextual History, Annette Imhausen, 2016. 248 pp.
Review of the book Enlightening Symbols: A Short History of Mathematical Notation and Its Hidden Powers, by Joseph Mazur
Seventeenth century proponents of the elusive infinitesimal clashed with Clavius and the Catholic Church.
A collection of problems that should be of interest to teachers at all levels. Frank Swetz shares this observation at the close of his book, Mathematical Expeditions: Exploring Word Problems across the Ages.
Our reviewer finds this collection of translations of Babylonian mathematical tablets to be both fascinating and accessible.
Nine examples of using history in the mathematics classroom -- for those who read French!
A history of attempts to solve cubic and higher degree polynomial equations, including the notions of group theory and their relationship to the idea of symmetry.
Boyer's classic text, as revised by Uta Merzbach, is still worth having.
These posters illustrate aspects of the history of mathematics in countries from Babylonia to Ireland.