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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.
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.