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The Encyclopedia of Mathematics and Society is an impressive achievement of collective effort and serious thought, an amazing collection of delightful, unexpected essays, a sourcebook for students and teachers alike. The experience of reading the EMS was, for this encyclopedia enthusiast, enlightening and enjoyable.
If any librarians out there are still wondering, let me be clear: I strongly recommend this encyclopedia. For individuals, the expense might well be an initial turn-off; keeping in mind that the hard copy books come with online access to the same content might alleviate some of the pain.
As for me? I expect to enjoy these three volumes for years to come.
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Karaali, G., Encyclopedia of Mathematics and Society, by Sarah J. Greenwald and Jill E. Thomley, extended book review, College Mathematics Journal, Volume 44 Number 4 (September 2013), pages 332–335.