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Mathematics in Search of History
*Donald Barry* The author argues that the history of mathematics is a fluid field within which lively debate occurs. He shares a math problem that requires a community of scholars to simulate the process by which the history of mathematics is actually developed. |

The Mathematics of Levi ben Gershon
*Shai Simonson* A history of the 14th-century mathematician, some samples of his work with word problems, and an introduction to using historical original sources as a way to interest students and teach mathematics. |

Word Histories: Melding Mathematics and Meanings
*Rheta Rubenstein, Randy Schwartz* Etymologies of mathematics words as a rich resource for deepening students' understanding and appreciation of mathematics, history, and language. Detailed examples are presented concerning the branches of mathematics, conic sections, and words of Arabic origin. |

Mathematics in the Age of Jane Austen: Essential Skills of 1800
*S. Gray* Textbooks from the 1880s for young ladies vs. young men, for the youngest students, more advanced students, as well as university students. These publications furnish a record of the skills thought to be essential at the turn of the previous century. |

Kepler and Wiles: Models of Perseverance
*Paul Shotsberger* A recounting of the work of Kepler and Wiles, exemplars of great minds who made a tangible impact on the field of mathematics but who had to overcome seemingly insurmountable roadblocks. |

The Evolutionary Character of Mathematics
*Richard Davitt* This article advocates Grabiner's UDED paradigm [use-discover-explore-define] as a tool for teachers' own acquisition of authentic historical accounts of the evolution of mathematical topics and as a pedagogical strategem for their students as well. |

Mathematicians Are Human Too
*James Lightner* Fascinating stories about mathematicians and their interesting lives. It shows that mathematicians are human beings with peculiar foibles and personality quirks just like the rest of us. |

From the Top of the Mountain
*Donald Smith* Demonstration that mathematics is a changing science through an in-depth look at the history of the development of logarithms. It also serves as a reminder that we must continue to remember and appreciate the efforts and contributions of past mathematicians. |

The Role of History in a Mathematics Class
*Gerald Marshall, Beverly Rich* This article argues that history has a vital role to play in the math classroom: it prompts teachers and students to think and talk about mathematics in meaningful ways; it enriches the curriculum; demythologizes mathematics; and promotes communicating, connecting, and valuing mathematics. |

Benoit Mandelbrot: The Euclid of Fractal Geometry
*Dane Camp* This article cites Mandelbrot as an exemplar of one who learned the language of the universe -- mathematics -- biding his time until he could employ his knowledge both as a means of creative expression and as a tool for comprehending the intricacies of the world around us. |

Felix Klein and the NCTM's Standards: A Mathematician Considers Mathematics Education
*Kim McComas* A discussion of the parallels between Klein's position at the forefront of a movement to reform mathematics education and that of the NCTM's Standards. A picture of Klein as an important historical figure who saw equal importance in studying pure mathematics, applying mathematics, and teaching mathematics. |