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Maor, Eli

Overview
Works: 62 works in 350 publications in 9 languages and 12,664 library holdings
Genres: History  Handbooks and manuals  Pictorial works  Illustrated works 
Roles: Author, htt
Classifications: QA247.5, 512.73
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Most widely held works by Eli Maor
E : the story of a number by Eli Maor( Book )

72 editions published between 1993 and 2019 in 4 languages and held by 3,370 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( )

46 editions published between 1998 and 2020 in 3 languages and held by 2,227 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 )

51 editions published between 1986 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,626 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 )

29 editions published between 2007 and 2019 in 4 languages and held by 1,562 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 )

29 editions published between 1900 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,130 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
June 8, 2004 : Venus in transit by Eli Maor( Book )

10 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 888 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
The Facts on File calculus handbook by Eli Maor( Book )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 750 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
Music by the numbers : from Pythagoras to Schoenberg by Eli Maor( )

18 editions published between 2018 and 2020 in 3 languages and held by 750 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 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Venus in transit by Eli Maor( Book )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 79 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

e : the story of a number by Eli Maor( )

2 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To Infinity and Beyond : a Cultural History of the Infinite by Eli Maor( )

2 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Music by the Numbers : From Pythagoras to Schoenberg by Eli Maor( )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How music has influenced mathematics, physics, and astronomy from ancient Greece to the twentieth centuryMusic is filled with mathematical elements, the works of Bach are often said to possess a math-like logic, and Igor Stravinsky said "musical form is close to mathematics," while Arnold Schoenberg, Iannis Xenakis, and Karlheinz Stockhausen went further, writing music explicitly based on mathematical principles. Yet Eli Maor argues that music has influenced math at least as much as math has influenced music. Starting with Pythagoras, proceeding through the work of Schoenberg, and ending with contemporary string theory, Music by the Numbers tells a fascinating story of composers, scientists, inventors, and eccentrics who played a role in the age-old relationship between music, mathematics, and the sciences, especially physics and astronomy. Music by the Numbers explores key moments in this history, particularly how problems originating in music have inspired mathematicians for centuries. Perhaps the most famous of these problems is the vibrating string, which pitted some of the greatest mathematicians of the eighteenth century against each other in a debate that lasted more than fifty years and that eventually led to the development of post-calculus mathematics. Other highlights in the book include a comparison between meter in music and metric in geometry, complete with examples of rhythmic patterns from Bach to Stravinsky, and an exploration of a suggestive twentieth-century development: the nearly simultaneous emergence of Einstein's theory of relativity and Schoenberg's twelve-tone system.Weaving these compelling historical episodes with Maor's personal reflections as a mathematician and lover of classical music, Music by the Numbers will delight anyone who loves mathematics and music
Dem Unendlichen auf der Spur by Eli Maor( )

2 editions published in 1989 in German and English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La música y los números : de Pitágoras a Schoenberg by Eli Maor( Book )

2 editions published in 2018 in Spanish and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La música está llena de números: la obra de Bach tiene una cierta lógica matemática; Igor Stravinski estaba seguro de la relación entre la forma musical y las matemáticas; y músicos como Arnold Schoenberg, Iannis Xenakis y Karlheinz Stockhausen fueron un poco más allá al basar directamente sus composiciones en criterios matemáticos. La música ha influido a las matemáticas tanto como las matemáticas a la música. Desde Pitágoras hasta los autores contemporáneos, Eli Maor nos cuenta una historia fascinante de compositores, científicos, inventores y excéntricos que unieron el arte y la ciencia
San jiao zhi mei : Bian bian jiao jiao de qu shi = Trigonometric delights by Eli Maor( Book )

2 editions published between 2010 and 2018 in Chinese and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben shu cong li shi de yuan tou chu fa,Yi da jia xi wen le jian de fang shi wei wei jiang shu kua yue qian nian de shi shi.Ben shu you gu ai ji ying yong ce liang de fa duan zhan kai,Jiang du zhe shou xian dai dao 6 ge san jiao han shu zhong.Shu zhong de pian zhang wan ru yi ge ge yin ren ru sheng de xiao gu shi,Jiang li shi,Qu wen,Ying yong he li lun rong ren dao le mi ren de gu shi qing jie dang zhong.Quan shu gong 15 zhang,Han gai le san jiao xue de jing hua bu fen.Ci wai hai bao han 6 ge xiang shi de xiao chuan ji,Wei du zhe gan shou san jiao zhi mei ti gong le nan de yi jian de zhen gui zi liao
All'infinito e oltre : storia culturale del concetto di infinito by Eli Maor( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in Italian and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a number by Eli Maor( Book )

3 editions published between 1994 and 1998 in English and held by 6 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

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

Eli Maor matamaiticeoir Iosraelach

Eli Maor matemàtic israelià

Eli Maor matemático israelí

Eli Maor matematikan izraelit

Eli Maor mathématicien et historien des mathématiques israélien

Eli Maor wiskundige uit Israël

Маор, Эли

אלי מאור

אלי מאור מתמטיקאי ישראלי

الی مائور

마오, 엘리 1937-

マオール, E

マオール, イーリー

マオール, エリ

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