# Elena Marchisotto

**Elena Anne Corie Marchisotto** (born 1945)[1] is a mathematician, mathematics educator, and historian of mathematics. She is a professor emeritus of mathematics at California State University, Northridge.[2]

## Education and career

Marchisotto graduated from Manhattanville College in 1967 and earned a master's degree from California State University, Northridge in 1977. She completed a Ph.D. in 1990 from New York University.[2] Her dissertation, *The contributions of Mario Pieri to mathematics and mathematics education*, was jointly supervised by Kenneth P. Goldberg and Anneli Cahn Lax.[3]

She joined the California State University, Northridge faculty in 1983.[2] At Northridge, she directed the developmental mathematics program.[4]

## Writing

With James T. Smith, Marchisotto wrote a book on Mario Pieri, *The legacy of Mario Pieri in geometry and arithmetic* (Birkhäuser, 2007).[5]

In 1995, Marchisotto became a co-author of an updated edition of *The Mathematical Experience* (a book originally published in 1981 by Reuben Hersh and Philip J. Davis),[6] after having read the book and used it for her teaching from the early 1980s.[7]
She also co-authored an English translation of a history of mathematics by Umberto Bottazzini, *Hilbert's Flute: The History of Modern Mathematics* (with Bottazzini and Patricia Miller, Springer, 2016).

Marchisotto's textbooks include:

*Topics in Intermediate Algebra*(Wiley, 1987)*Developmental Mathematics: Arithmetic, Algebra, and Measurement Geometry*(Wiley, 1987)*Mathematics for High School Teachers: An Advanced Perspective*(with Zalman Usiskin, Anthony Peressini, and Dick Stanley, Prentice Hall, 2003)[8]

## References

- "Marchisotto, Elena (1945–....)",
*IdRef – Identifiants et référentiels pour l'Enseignement supérieur et la recherche*, retrieved 2018-11-11 - "Emeritus Faculty: Marchisotto, Elena A.",
*University Catalog*, California State University, Northridge, 2018–2019 - Elena Marchisotto at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- Kilts, Stefanie (February 18, 2013), "Faculty of Year honorees focus on students: online and in classroom",
*Post Independent*,Jason Vargas owes it to a very special mentor that he is now teaching math at Colorado Mountain College. Dr. Elena Marchisotto, the director of the developmental math program at Cal State University – Northridge where Vargas attended college, recognized his potential and encouraged him to pursue teaching.

- Reviews of
*The legacy of Mario Pieri*: - Reviews of the updated edition of
*The Mathematical Experience*:- Burgess, J. P.; Ernest, P. (June 1997),
*Philosophia Mathematica*,**5**(2): 175–188, doi:10.1093/philmat/5.2.173CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link) - Bultheel, A. (1997), "Review",
*Bulletin of the Belgian Mathematical Society*,**4**(5): 706–707 - Millett, Kenneth C. (November 1997), "Review" (PDF),
*Notices of the American Mathematical Society*,**44**(10): 1316–1318 - Wilders, Richard J. (March 2012), "Review",
*MAA Reviews*

- Burgess, J. P.; Ernest, P. (June 1997),
- Marchisotto, Elena Anne Corie (2017), "A case study in Reuben Hersh's philosophy: Bézout's theorem",
*Humanizing mathematics and its philosophy*, Birkhäuser/Springer, Cham, pp. 329–345, MR 3751539 - Review of
*Mathematics for High School Teachers*:- Ashbacher, Charles (December 2011),
*Review*, MAA Reviews

- Ashbacher, Charles (December 2011),