Professor Arthur T. Benjamin, Ph.D.

Professor Arthur T. Benjamin
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Johns Hopkins University
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As a professor, I have always wanted to bring math to the masses. The Great Courses has helped make that wish come true.

Dr. Arthur T. Benjamin is Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College. He earned a Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences from Johns Hopkins University in 1989. Professor Benjamin's teaching has been honored repeatedly by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). In 2000, he received the MAA Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo National Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. The MAA also named Professor Benjamin the 2006-2008 George Pólya Lecturer. In 2012, Princeton Review profiled him in The Best 300 Professors. He is a professional magician, whose techniques are explained in his book Secrets of Mental Math: The Mathemagician's Guide to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Math Tricks. Professor Benjamin also served for five years as coeditor of Math Horizons magazine. An avid games player, Dr. Benjamin is a past winner of the American Backgammon Tour and has written more than 15 papers on the mathematics of games and puzzles. Professor Benjamin has appeared on dozens of television and radio programs and has been featured in publications, including Scientific American, People, and The New York Times. In 2005, Reader's Digest called him America's Best Math Whiz.

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"Professor Benjamin pulls back the curtain on what to most is a scary subject.
In a nutshell, he defuses the minefield of Mathematics."

 

"I wish Arthur Benjamin had been my teacher in college. I was shocked that while listening to him that I was easily grasping concepts that I have struggled with before. Amazing."

 

"Professor Benjamin exemplifies how math should be studied- with an explanatory and carefree spirit to find its wonderful hidden treasure of patterns."

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84 Courses and Sets

  1. (Set) Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers; Queen of the Sciences: A History of Mathematics; & Joy of Mathematics  Set

    (Set) Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers; Queen of the Sciences: A History of Mathematics; & Joy of Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £153.98 Starting at £153.98 £153.98 £153.98£153.98
  2. (Set) Understanding the Fundamentals of Music & Joy of Mathematics  Set

    (Set) Understanding the Fundamentals of Music & Joy of Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £74.98 Starting at £74.98 £102.98 £74.98£102.98
    Grasp the unmatched power, genius, and beauty of classical music and mathematics. Delve into the many structural and instrumental resources that composers draw on to create their masterpieces in Understanding the Fundamentals of Music. Gain invaluable insights into the practical applications of mathematics and reasoning in Joy of Mathematics, and discover the amazing utility of this exciting field.
  3. (Set) Discrete Mathematics & Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers  Set

    (Set) Discrete Mathematics & Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £102.98 Starting at £102.98 £102.98 £102.98£102.98
    Explore a field of mathematics that is off the beaten path but that has vital applications in computer science, cryptography, engineering, and problem solving of all types, as well as the fascinating history of numbers, in this two-course set. In Discrete Mathematics, you see the wide range of subjects in the realm of digital math. Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers takes you on an intellectual pilgrimage...
  4. (Set) Mastering the Fundamentals of Mathematics & Secrets of Mental Math  Set

    (Set) Mastering the Fundamentals of Mathematics & Secrets of Mental Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £55.98 Starting at £55.98 £78.98 £55.98£78.98
  5. (Set) Joy of Mathematics & Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers  Set

    (Set) Joy of Mathematics & Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £102.98 Starting at £102.98 £102.98 £102.98£102.98
    Discover the sheer joy of, and intriguing history behind, the world of mathematics. First, exercise your brain cells with The Joy of Mathematics, which reveals the amazing utility of mathematics in everything from science and engineering to finance, games of chance, and many other aspects of life. Then, explore the equally fascinating history of how numbers grew in our understanding and sparked our imagination in...
  6. (Set) Joy of Mathematics & Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning  Set

    (Set) Joy of Mathematics & Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £74.98 Starting at £74.98 £102.98 £74.98£102.98
    Gain invaluable insights into the practical applications of mathematics and reasoning. In The Joy of Mathematics, discover the utility of this exciting field in everything from science and finance to games of chance. Then, strengthen your ability to successfully argue your views in Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning, 2nd Edition.
  7. (Set) Joy of Mathematics & Joy of Thinking  Set

    (Set) Joy of Mathematics & Joy of Thinking

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £102.98 Starting at £102.98 £102.98 £102.98£102.98
    Embark on two amazing mathematical journeys. In The Joy of Mathematics, learn the amazing utility of this field in everything from science to engineering to finance. In The Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas, uncover and grasp insightful strategies for approaching, enjoying, and understanding the world around you.
  8. (Set)  Memory and the Human Lifespan & Secrets of Mental Math Set

    (Set) Memory and the Human Lifespan & Secrets of Mental Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £55.98 Starting at £55.98 £78.98 £55.98£78.98
  9. (Set)  Mathematical Problem Solving & Discrete Mathematics Set

    (Set) Mathematical Problem Solving & Discrete Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £74.98 Starting at £74.98 £102.98 £74.98£102.98
  10. (Set) Understanding How to Boost Your Brain  Set

    (Set) Understanding How to Boost Your Brain

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £108.98 Starting at £108.98 £150.98 £108.98£150.98
  11. (Set) Math and Magic & Joy of Mathematics Set

    (Set) Math and Magic & Joy of Mathematics

    Arthur T. Benjamin
    Starting at £55.98 Starting at £55.98 £78.98 £55.98£78.98
    Learn to love math with this two-course set. Master dozens of easy crowd-pleasing tricks and the math that makes them work with Math and Magic. Then, uncover simple tricks that allow anyone to look like a math magician with Joy of Mathematics.
  12. (Set) Outsmart Yourself & Secrets of Mental Math Set

    (Set) Outsmart Yourself & Secrets of Mental Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £55.98 Starting at £55.98 £78.98 £55.98£78.98
    Make the most of your mind with this two-course set. Change the way you think by "hacking" your own brain in Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You. Then, optimize your mental capabilities and boost your brain power with Secrets of Mental Math.
  13. (Set) How to Play Chess & The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles Set

    (Set) How to Play Chess & The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £64.98 Starting at £64.98 £97.98 £64.98£97.98
    Everything you need to win games is rooted in an understanding of the underlying patterns and sequences. Learn how to improve your game skills with this two-course set. How to Play Chess provides you with winning strategies and tips for controlling the game from the first move. The lessons you’ll learn in The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles help you increase the chances of coming out a winner in games of all...
  14. (Set) Mind-Bending Math & Secrets of Mental Math Set

    (Set) Mind-Bending Math & Secrets of Mental Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £55.98 Starting at £55.98 £78.98 £55.98£78.98
    Many of us, when faced with math problems, immediately reach for a calculator or a pen. Learning mental math tips can be helpful in situations from grocery shopping to riddle solving. This two-course set provides directions to strengthen your mental calculating skills and then teaches you how to put that newfound knowledge to work in a fun way. Explore Secrets of Mental Math and Mind-Bending Math: Riddles and...
  15. (Set) Math and Magic & How Music and Mathematics Relate Set

    (Set) Math and Magic & How Music and Mathematics Relate

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £46.98 Starting at £46.98 £74.98 £46.98£74.98
    Take an innovative look at math with this two-course set. A “mathemagician” teaches you his favorite math-based tricks and the ideas that make them work in Math and Magic. Then, gain a new perspective on two of the greatest achievements of human culture: music and mathematics with How Music and Mathematics Relate.
  16. (Set) The Power of Mathematical Visualization & The Secrets of Mental Math Set

    (Set) The Power of Mathematical Visualization & The Secrets of Mental Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £55.98 Starting at £55.98 £78.98 £55.98£78.98
    No matter how you feel about math, this two-course set will give you a new way to view—and appreciate—this fascinating subject. The Power of Mathematical Visualization teaches you how to approach math visually, to solve problems in a whole new way. The Secrets of Mental Math guides you through all the essential skills, tips, and tricks for improving your ability to solve a range of mathematical problems right in...
  17. (Set) Mind-Bending Math & Joy of Mathematics Set

    (Set) Mind-Bending Math & Joy of Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £74.98 Starting at £74.98 £102.98 £74.98£102.98
    Humans have been having fun with mathematics for thousands of years. This two-course set that explores math with magic, riddles, and loads of good humor. The Joy of Math is taught by a mathematician who is literally a magician with numbers, while Mind-Bending Math: Riddles and Paradoxes will demonstrate how math has solved some of the greatest puzzles in history.
  18. (Set) Math and Magic & The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles Set

    (Set) Math and Magic & The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles

    Arthur T. Benjamin
    Starting at £46.98 Starting at £46.98 £74.98 £46.98£74.98
    Join a renowned “mathemagician” for some amazing insights into math. First, learn magic tricks and the math behind them with Math and Magic. Then, learn a rewarding set of skills you can apply to countless games and puzzles with The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles: From Cards to Sudoku.
  19. (Set) Math and Magic & Secrets of Mental Math Set

    (Set) Math and Magic & Secrets of Mental Math

    Arthur T. Benjamin
    Starting at £36.98 Starting at £36.98 £55.98 £36.98£55.98
    Unlock the secrets of math with a set of two fun courses! Discover that magic is the gateway to the love of mathematics with Math and Magic. Then, get essential skills, tips, and tricks for improving and enhancing your ability to solve a range of mathematical problems right in your head with Secrets of Mental Math.
  20. (Set) The Power of Mathematical Visualization & Joy of Mathematics Set

    (Set) The Power of Mathematical Visualization & Joy of Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £74.98 Starting at £74.98 £102.98 £74.98£102.98
    Learn to appreciate the complicated beauty of math with this two-course set. Start with The Power of Mathematical Visualization to discover the fascinating science of visualizing math. Then, learn how everything in math is connected with tricks so simple, they’re almost magic in Joy of Mathematics.