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Maor, Eli

Works: 45 works in 257 publications in 8 languages and 11,481 library holdings
Genres: History  Handbooks and manuals  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by Eli Maor
E : the story of a number by Eli Maor( Book )

62 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 3,185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of [pi] has been told many times, both in scholarly works and in popular books. But its close relative, the number e, has fared less well: despite the central role it plays in mathematics, its history has never before been written for a general audience. The present work fills this gap. Geared to the reader with only a modest background in mathematics, the book describes the story of e from a human as well as a mathematical perspective. In a sense, it is the story of an entire period in the history of mathematics, from the early seventeenth to the late nineteenth century, with the invention of calculus at its center. Many of the players who took part in this story are here brought to life. Among them are John Napier, the eccentric religious activist who invented logarithms and - unknowingly - came within a hair's breadth of discovering e; William Oughtred, the inventor of the slide rule, who lived a frugal and unhealthful life and died at the age of 86, reportedly of joy when hearing of the restoration of King Charles II to the throne of England; Newton and his bitter priority dispute with Leibniz over the invention of the calculus, a conflict that impeded British mathematics for more than a century; and Jacob Bernoulli, who asked that a logarithmic spiral be engraved on his tombstone - but a linear spiral was engraved instead! The unifying theme throughout the book is the idea that a single number can tie together so many different aspects of mathematics - from the law of compound interest to the shape of a hanging chain, from the area under a hyperbola to Euler's famous formula e[superscript i[pi]] = -1, from the inner structure of a nautilus shell to Bach's equal-tempered scale and to the art of M.C. Escher. The book ends with an account of the discovery of transcendental numbers, an event that paved the way for Cantor's revolutionary ideas about infinity. No knowledge of calculus is assumed, and the few places where calculus is used are fully explained
Trigonometric delights by Eli Maor( )

34 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,761 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the earliest known trigonometric table, carved on a clay tablet by an unknown Babylonian scholar, to Fourier's famous theorem, which finally explained the source of musical harmony, here is a rich tapestry of almost four thousand years of trigonometric history."--Jacket
To infinity and beyond : a cultural history of the infinite by Eli Maor( Book )

47 editions published between 1986 and 2017 in English and held by 1,624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eli Maor examines the role of infinity in mathematics and geometry and its cultural impact on the arts and sciences. He evokes the profound intellectual impact the infinite has exercised on the human mind, from the "horror infiniti" of the Greeks to the works of M.C. Escher; from the ornamental designs of the Moslems, to the sage Giordano Bruno, whose belief in an infinite universe led to his death at the hands of the Inquisition. But above all, the book describes the mathematician's fascination with infinity, a fascination mingled with puzzlement. "Maor explores the idea of infinity in mathematics and in art and argues that this is the point of contact between the two, best exemplified by the work of the Dutch artist M.C. Escher, six of whose works are shown here in beautiful color plates."--Los Angeles Times "[Eli Maor's] enthusiasm for the topic carries the reader through a rich panorama." Choice "Fascinating and enjoyable ... places the ideas of infinity in a cultural context and shows how they have been espoused and molded by mathematics."-Science
The Pythagorean theorem : a 4,000-year history by Eli Maor( Book )

17 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in English and Chinese and held by 1,224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author presents a complex history of the Pythagorean Theorem, examining the earliest evidence of knowledge of the theorem to Einstein's theory of relativity
Beautiful geometry by Eli Maor( Book )

21 editions published between 1900 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 827 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"If you've ever thought that mathematics and art don't mix, this stunning visual history of geometry will change your mind. As much a work of art as a book about mathematics, Beautiful Geometry presents more than sixty exquisite color plates illustrating a wide range of geometric patterns and theorems, accompanied by brief accounts of the fascinating history and people behind each. With artwork by Swiss artist Eugen Jost and text by acclaimed math historian Eli Maor, this unique celebration of geometry covers numerous subjects, from straightedge-and-compass constructions to intriguing configurations involving infinity. The result is a delightful and informative illustrated tour through the 2,500-year-old history of one of the most important and beautiful branches of mathematics."--Jacket
The Facts on File calculus handbook by Eli Maor( Book )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 781 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers a chronology of the history of calculus as well as biographies of relevant mathematicians and explains topics including absolute value, greatest integer function, and second derivative
June 8, 2004 : Venus in transit by Eli Maor( Book )

11 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 668 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 2004, Venus will cross the sun's face for the first time since 1882. Some will not bother to step outside. Others will plan for years, reserving airline tickets to see the transit in its entirety. But even this group of astronomers and experience seekers will be attracted not by scientific purpose but by the event's beauty, rarity, and perhaps - after this book - history. For previous sky-watchers, though, transits afforded the only chance to determine the all-important astronomical unit: the mean distance between earth and sun." "Eli Maor tells the intriguing tale of the five Venus transits observed by humans and the fantastic efforts made to record them. This is the story of heroes and cowards, of reputations earned and squandered, told against a backdrop of phenomenal geopolitical and scientific change. Throughout, Maor guides readers to the upcoming Venus transits in 2004 and 2012, opportunities to witness a phenomenon seen by no living person and not to be repeated until 2117"--Jacket
Music by the numbers : from Pythagoras to Schoenberg by Eli Maor( Book )

3 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How music has influenced mathematics, physics, and astronomy from ancient Greece to the twentieth century
Dem Unendlichen auf der Spur by Eli Maor( Book )

4 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in German and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Venus in transit by Eli Maor( Book )

6 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mao qi lai shuoe by Mao er( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in Chinese and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dem Unendlichen Auf Der Spur by Eli Maor( )

3 editions published in 1989 in German and English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All'infinito e oltre : storia culturale del concetto di infinito by Eli Maor( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in Italian and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Utsukushii kikagaku by Eli Maor( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in Japanese and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trigonometric Delights (New in Paperback) by Eli Maor( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trigonometry has always been an underappreciated branch of mathematics. It has a reputation as a dry and difficult subject, a glorified form of geometry complicated by tedious computation. In this book, Eli Maor draws on his remarkable talents as a guide to the world of numbers to dispel that view. Rejecting the usual arid descriptions of sine, cosine, and their trigonometric relatives, he brings the subject to life in a compelling blend of history, biography, and mathematics. He presents both a survey of the main elements of trigonometry and a unique account of its vital contribution to sc
E : a história de um número by Eli Maor( Book )

2 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in Portuguese and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[Pi] : the story of a number by Eli Maor( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mao qi lai shuo wu xian by Mao er( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in Chinese and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Subarashii sankakuhō no sekai : Kodai ejiputo kara gendai made( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in Japanese and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pitagorasu no teiri : 4000nen no rekishi( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in Japanese and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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E : the story of a number
Trigonometric delightsTo infinity and beyond : a cultural history of the infiniteThe Pythagorean theorem : a 4,000-year historyThe Facts on File calculus handbookJune 8, 2004 : Venus in transitVenus in transit
Alternative Names
Eli Maor israelischer Autor und Mathematikhistoriker

Eli Maor matemático israelí

Eli Maor mathématicien et historien des mathématiques israélien

Eli Maor wiskundige uit Israël

Маор, Эли

אלי מאור

אלי מאור מתמטיקאי ישראלי

الی مائور

マオール, E

マオール, イーリー

マオール, エリ