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History Topics Index from the MacTutor history of Mathematics archive
An extensive list of essays about math history.

Math History Timeline
Timeline from 600BC till present. Click on the icons to learn more about the mathematicians. You have to push 'hard and long' on the arrow to move on the timeline.

Living Math History Course
Lesson plans to study math through history and related math topics in context. The lessons feature a biography of one or more mathematicians, with reading assignments, resources, suggested links and activities tying in with the concepts and history surrounding the individual studied.

Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Section
A collection of information about Fibonacci numbers, including how they appear in nature (pine cones, flower petals, cauliflower florets etc.), puzzles, and intriguing math about them.

Book: Historical Connections in Mathematics, Vol. I
Includes biographical information, famous quotations, and anecdotes from the lives of 30 mathematicians (10 in each volume). Each chapter also includes four to six ready-to-use classroom activities that relate to the work of the mathematician. Reproducible activity sheets range from problem-solving exercises to hands-on learning experiences and skits. Volume I: Pythagoras, Archimedes, Napier, Galileo, Fermat, Pascal, Newton, Euler, Gauss, and Germain See also the "partial preview" for free sample lessons. Price: $21.95

Mathematicians Are People, Too:
Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians (Volume 1)

A wonderful collection of short stories about mathematicians from many different time periods, including Thales, Pythagoras, Hypatia, Galileo, Pascal, Germain, and still others. Makes great family reading, but is definitely interesting on an adult level, too.

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