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]


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]


  1. "Marchisotto, Elena (1945–....)", IdRef – Identifiants et référentiels pour l'Enseignement supérieur et la recherche, retrieved 2018-11-11
  2. "Emeritus Faculty: Marchisotto, Elena A.", University Catalog, California State University, Northridge, 2018–2019
  3. Elena Marchisotto at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. 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.
  5. Reviews of The legacy of Mario Pieri:
    • Ruane, Peter N. (September 2007), "Review", MAA Reviews
    • Lewis, Albert C. (2008), Mathematical Reviews, MR 2310967CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Review of Mathematics for High School Teachers:
    • Ashbacher, Charles (December 2011), Review, MAA Reviews
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