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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.
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.