Eli Maor

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Eli Maor
OccupationHistorian of mathematics
EmployerLoyola University Chicago

Eli Maor (born 1937), an Israel-born historian of mathematics, is the author of several books about the history of mathematics.[1] Eli Maor received his PhD at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He teaches the history of mathematics at Loyola University Chicago.[2] Maor was the editor of the article on trigonometry for the Encyclopædia Britannica.[3]

Asteroid 226861 Elimaor, discovered at the Jarnac Observatory in 2004, was named in his honor.[1] The official naming citation was published by the Minor Planet Center on 22 July 2013 (M.P.C. 84383).[4]

Selected works[edit]

  • To Infinity and Beyond: A Cultural History of the Infinite, 1991, Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0-691-02511-7
  • e:The story of a Number, by Eli Maor, Princeton University Press (Princeton, New Jersey) (1994) ISBN 0-691-05854-7
  • Venus in Transit, 2000, Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-691-04874-6
  • Trigonometric Delights, Princeton University Press, 2002 ISBN 0-691-09541-8. Ebook version, in PDF format, full text presented.
  • The Pythagorean Theorem: A 4,000-Year History, 2007, Princeton University Press, ISBN 978-0-691-12526-8
  • The Facts on File Calculus Handbook (Facts on File, 2003), 2005, Checkmark Books, an encyclopedia of calculus concepts geared for high school and college students
  • Music by the Numbers. Princeton University Press. 2018. ISBN 9780691176901.


  1. ^ a b "226861 Elimaor (2004 TV18)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  2. ^ Eli Maor biography at Princeton University Press
  3. ^ Maor, Eli (2010). "Encyclopædia Britannica: Author". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 30 August 2010.(subscription required)
  4. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 27 August 2019.