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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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73 Courses and Sets

  1. Secrets of Mental Math

    Secrets of Mental Math

    Arthur T. Benjamin
    Starting at $89.95 Starting at $89.95 $199.95 $89.95$199.95
    Improve and expand your math potential—whether you're a corporate executive or a high-school student—in the company of Professor Arthur T. Benjamin, one of the most entertaining members of The Great Courses faculty. The Secrets of Mental Math, his exciting 12-lecture course, guides you through all the essential skills, tips, and tricks for enhancing your ability to solve a range of mathematical problems...
  2. Joy of Mathematics

    Joy of Mathematics

    Arthur T. Benjamin
    Starting at $214.95 Starting at $214.95 $254.95 $214.95$254.95
    Humans have been having fun and games with mathematics for thousands of years. Along the way, they've discovered the amazing utility of this field—in science, engineering, finance, games of chance, and many other aspects of life. This course of 24 half-hour lectures celebrates the sheer joy of math, taught by a mathematician who is literally a magician with numbers. Professor Arthur T. Benjamin shows how...
  3. The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles: From Cards to Sudoku

    The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles: From Cards to Sudoku

    Arthur T. Benjamin
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $219.95 $199.95$219.95
    Whether it’s chess, poker, or Sudoku, most games have this in common: Everything you need to win is rooted in mathematics. Now, using nothing more than a simple grasp of math, you can discover optimal ways to win games and solve puzzles with the speed and accuracy of professional players—many of whom attribute their professional gaming success to mathematical strategies—in The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles:...
  4. Discrete Mathematics

    Discrete Mathematics

    Arthur T. Benjamin
    Starting at $214.95 Starting at $214.95 $254.95 $214.95$254.95
    Discrete mathematics achieves fascinating results using relatively simple means, such as counting. Explore this modern mathematical realm in Discrete Mathematics, 24 mind-expanding lectures delivered by popular Teaching Company Professor Arthur T. Benjamin. Covering combinatorics, number theory, and graph theory, this intriguing course is an ideal point of entry for you to start thinking more mathematically. While...
  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 $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$509.90
    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) Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear & Joy of Mathematics  Set

    (Set) Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear & Joy of Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Reintroduce yourself to the wonders of mathematics with these two courses delivered by engaging mathematicians and award-winning professors. In Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear, take an absorbing look at statistical information and the role it plays in everything from stock performances to political polls. And in The Joy of Mathematics, rediscover the joy to be found in everything from algebra and geometry...
  7. (Set) Secrets of Mental Math & Joy of Mathematics  Set

    (Set) Secrets of Mental Math & Joy of Mathematics

    Arthur T. Benjamin
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
    Open your eyes to the wonders of mathematics with this two-course set by Professor Arthur T. Benjamin—one of the most popular members of our Great Courses faculty. The Secrets of Mental Math guides you through all the essential skills, tips, and tricks for enhancing your ability to solve a range of mathematical problems right in your head. The Joy of Mathematics reveals the amazing utility of mathematics in...
  8. (Set)  Probability Made Clear & Joy of Math Set

    (Set) Probability Made Clear & Joy of Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
  9. (Set) Mathematics Describing the Real World: Precalculus and Trigonometry & Secrets of Mental Math  Set

    (Set) Mathematics Describing the Real World: Precalculus and Trigonometry & Secrets of Mental Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $489.90 Starting at $489.90 $574.90 $489.90$574.90
    Tap into the joy, beauty, importance, and accessibility of mathematics with this rewarding two-course set. First, finally make sense of the mysteries of precalculus and trigonometry with the 36 intensively illustrated lectures of Mathematics Describing the Real World: Precalculus and Trigonometry. Then, get all the essential skills, tips, and tricks for enhancing your ability to solve a range of mathematical...
  10. (Set) Four Great Courses, One Amazingly Low Price!!! Set

    (Set) Four Great Courses, One Amazingly Low Price!!!

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $679.80 Starting at $679.80 $799.80 $679.80$799.80
    Not sure which Great Course you want to order? Then order them all! For a limited time only, you can get Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre; The Secrets of Mental Math; The History of the Bible; and My Favorite Universe in a single four-course set for one amazingly low price! This special offer is the perfect way to sample some of the fascinating subjects, engaging professors, and profound insights you can find only...
  11. (Set) Joy of Mathematics & Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving Set

    (Set) Joy of Mathematics & Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  12. (Set) Improving Your Brain  Set

    (Set) Improving Your Brain

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $874.80 Starting at $874.80 $1,029.80 $874.80$1,029.80
  13. (Set) Mastering Differential Equations: The Visual Method & Discrete Mathematics  Set

    (Set) Mastering Differential Equations: The Visual Method & Discrete Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Learn the math that has practical applications for some of nature's most intriguing phenomena as well as for computer science, cryptography, engineering, and problem solving of all types. Mastering Differential Equations: The Visual Method shows you how easy-to-grasp computer graphics can now approximate solutions for differential equations that had previously required complicated techniques or had defied any...
  14. (Set)  The Intelligent Brain & Secrets of Mental Math Set

    (Set) The Intelligent Brain & Secrets of Mental Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $369.90 Starting at $369.90 $419.90 $369.90$419.90
    Better understand the concept of intelligence with this two-course set. Trace the fascinating history of intelligence testing, leading thinkers, and brain imaging studies with The Intelligent Brain. And as long as you are flexing your mental muscles, improve, and expand your math potential with Secrets of Mental Maththe gateway to success in understanding and mastering higher fields, including algebra and...
  15. (Set) Joy of Mathematics & Joy of Thinking  Set

    (Set) Joy of Mathematics & Joy of Thinking

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$509.90
    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.
  16. (Set)  Mathematical Problem Solving & Discrete Mathematics Set

    (Set) Mathematical Problem Solving & Discrete Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  17. (Set) The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles: From Cards to Sudoku & Secrets of Mental Math  Set

    (Set) The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles: From Cards to Sudoku & Secrets of Mental Math

    Arthur T. Benjamin
    Starting at $369.90 Starting at $369.90 $419.90 $369.90$419.90
    Explore the fun side of math with mathemagician and professor Arthur T. Benjamin in this set that teaches you the mathematical underpinnings of success in popular games, as well as tricks and techniques to solve even complicated problems right in your head. In The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles, discover optimal ways to win games and solve puzzles with the speed and accuracy of professional players. And in The...
  18. (Set)  Einstein's Relativity & Secrets of Mental Math Set

    (Set) Einstein's Relativity & Secrets of Mental Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
  19. (Set) How to Become a SuperStar Student, 2nd Ed. & Secrets of Mental Math  Set

    (Set) How to Become a SuperStar Student, 2nd Ed. & Secrets of Mental Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $399.90 $349.90$399.90
  20. (Set)  Games and Puzzles & Secrets for a Powerful Memory Set

    (Set) Games and Puzzles & Secrets for a Powerful Memory

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $294.90 Starting at $294.90 $319.90 $294.90$319.90
  21. (Set) Secrets of Mental Math & Scientific Secrets for a Powerful Memory  & Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History & How Conversation Works: 6 Lessons for Better Communication  Set

    (Set) Secrets of Mental Math & Scientific Secrets for a Powerful Memory & Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History & How Conversation Works: 6 Lessons for Better Communication

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $529.80 Starting at $529.80 $599.80 $529.80$599.80
    Explore how you can unleash your mind’s amazing potential and hone your communication abilities with this course set that will give you a toolbox of practical life skills. Start with The Secrets of Mental Math, 12 lectures that will show you how to perform even complicated mathematical calculations in your head. Then turn to the 6 lectures of Scientific Secrets for a Powerful Memory to learn how you can...
  22. (Set) Shape of Nature & Discrete Mathematics  Set

    (Set) Shape of Nature & Discrete Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
  23. (Set) Four Great Courses, One Amazingly Low Price!!! Set

    (Set) Four Great Courses, One Amazingly Low Price!!!

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $859.80 Starting at $859.80 $1,019.80 $859.80$1,019.80
    Not sure which Great Course you want to order? Then order them all! For a limited time only, you can get Building Great Sentences; Joy of Mathematics; Understanding the Fundamentals of Music; and The Art of Critical Decision Making in a single four-course set for one amazingly low price! This special offer is the perfect way to sample some of the fascinating subjects, engaging professors, and profound insights you...
  24. (Set) Joy of Mathematics & Games People Play: Game Theory in Life, Business, and Beyond  Set

    (Set) Joy of Mathematics & Games People Play: Game Theory in Life, Business, and Beyond

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  25. (Set) Secrets of Mental Math & High School Level Algebra I  Set

    (Set) Secrets of Mental Math & High School Level Algebra I

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $489.90 Starting at $489.90 $574.90 $489.90$574.90
    Think mathematics is intimidating? Think again with this insightful and accessible set that pairs two of our highly popular math courses. First, master the essential skills, tips, and tricks for solving a range of math problems right in your head with The Secrets of Mental Math. Then, learn how to finally make sense of concepts from first-year algebra—including variables, order of operations, and...
  26. (Set) Secrets of Mental Math & Understanding Calculus Set

    (Set) Secrets of Mental Math & Understanding Calculus

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
  27. (Set)  Our Night Sky & Secrets of Mental Math Set

    (Set) Our Night Sky & Secrets of Mental Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $339.90 Starting at $339.90 $399.90 $339.90$399.90
  28. (Set) Joy of Science & Joy of Mathematics  Set

    (Set) Joy of Science & Joy of Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $744.90 Starting at $744.90 $879.90 $744.90$879.90
    Rediscover the intellectual joy and wonder at the heart of science and mathematics. Joy of Science provides you with a clear overview of the principles underlying modern science, from Newton's laws of motion to contemporary genetic research. Joy of Mathematics reveals the amazing utility of this exciting field in many aspects of life.
  29. (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 $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    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.
  30. (Set) Optimizing Brain Fitness & Secrets of Mental Math  Set

    (Set) Optimizing Brain Fitness & Secrets of Mental Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $339.90 Starting at $339.90 $399.90 $339.90$399.90
    Tap into your hidden mental potential with this engaging two-course set filled with insights and exercises designed to strengthen and enhance the power of your brain. First, discover the secrets to increasing your brain's ability to meet everyday challenges with Optimizing Brain Fitness. Then, gain all the essential skills, tips, and tricks you need to solve a range of mathematical problems right inside your head...