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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.
"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."