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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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70 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) The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles: From Cards to Sudoku & How Music and Mathematics Relate  Set on sale

    (Set) The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles: From Cards to Sudoku & How Music and Mathematics Relate

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $333.00 Starting at $88.90 $106.90 $88.90$106.90
    Explore how math can increase your success in winning popular games and puzzle and how it explains the sounds instruments make and how composers put those sounds together in this fun and intriguing course set. In The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles, you'll discover optimal ways to win games and solve puzzles with the speed and accuracy of professional players. And in How Music and Mathematics Relate, you'll...
  6. (Set)  Joy of Math & Optimizing Brain Fitness Set

    (Set) Joy of Math & Optimizing Brain Fitness

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
  7. (Set)  Mastering the Fundamentals of Mathematics & The Joy of Set

    (Set) Mastering the Fundamentals of Mathematics & The Joy of

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  8. (Set)  Advanced Investments & Secrets of Mental Math Set

    (Set) Advanced Investments & Secrets of Mental Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $404.90 Starting at $404.90 $469.90 $404.90$469.90
  9. (Set) What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear & Secrets of Mental Math  Set

    (Set) What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear & Secrets of Mental Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $339.90 Starting at $339.90 $399.90 $339.90$399.90
    Improve and expand your facility with math in this two-course set that makes numbers come alive. What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear explores the fundamental concepts and fascinating applications of probability in your life. And 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.
  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 Optimizing Brain Fitness; Experiencing Hubble; The Secrets of Mental Math; and The Origins of Ancient Civilization 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...
  11. (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 $764.85 Starting at $764.85 $764.85 $764.85$764.85
  12. (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 $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$509.90
    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...
  13. (Set) Joy of Mathematics & Mastering Differential Equations  Set

    (Set) Joy of Mathematics & Mastering Differential Equations

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  14. (Set)  The Everyday Guide to Wine & Secrets of Mental Math Set

    (Set) The Everyday Guide to Wine & Secrets of Mental Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
  15. (Set)  How Music and Mathematics Relate & Secrets of Mental Ma Set

    (Set) How Music and Mathematics Relate & Secrets of Mental Ma

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $369.90 Starting at $369.90 $419.90 $369.90$419.90
  16. (Set)  Einstein's Relativity & Joy of Math Set

    (Set) Einstein's Relativity & Joy of Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  17. (Set) Scientific Secrets for a Powerful Memory  & Secrets of Mental Math  Set

    (Set) Scientific Secrets for a Powerful Memory & Secrets of Mental Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $264.90 Starting at $264.90 $299.90 $264.90$299.90
  18. (Set) Prove It: The Art of Mathematical Argument & Secrets of Mental Math   Set

    (Set) Prove It: The Art of Mathematical Argument & Secrets of Mental Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
    Challenge yourself to improve and expand your math potential with this duo of Great Courses. Prove It: The Art of Mathematical Argument introduces those at a high-school level of proficiency and above to the thrilling discipline of solving proofs. The Secrets of Mental Math guides you through all the essential skills, tips, and tricks that enhance your ability to solve a range of mathematical problems right in your...
  19. (Set) Understanding Calculus: Problems, Solutions, and Tips & Discrete Mathematics  Set

    (Set) Understanding Calculus: Problems, Solutions, and Tips & Discrete Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Make sense of two sometimes-intimidating mathematics fields with this engaging and accessible two-course set. In Understanding Calculus: Problems, Solutions, and Tips, get crystal-clear explanations of the beautiful ideas of calculus, along with invaluable study tips and common pitfalls to avoid. And in Discrete Mathematics, truly grasp the intricate details of combinatorics, number theory, and graph theory.
  20. (Set) Discrete Mathematics & Secrets of Mental Math  Set

    (Set) Discrete Mathematics & Secrets of Mental Math

    Arthur T. Benjamin
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
    Learn how to think more mathematically with the information and strategies featured in this engaging two-course set. Discrete Mathematics guides you through the modern mathematical realm of combinatorics, number theory, and graph theory in a way that anyone with a basic knowledge of high-school algebra can understand. And The Secrets of Mental Math features skills, tips, and tricks for strengthening your ability to...
  21. (Set)  12 Essential Scientific Concepts & Joy of Mathematics Set

    (Set) 12 Essential Scientific Concepts & Joy of Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  22. (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...
  23. (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...
  24. (Set) Secrets of Mental Math & Joy of Mathematics  Set on sale

    (Set) Secrets of Mental Math & Joy of Mathematics

    Arthur T. Benjamin
    Save up to $357.00 Starting at $84.90 $97.90 $84.90$97.90
    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...
  25. (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
  26. (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...
  27. (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...
  28. (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
  29. (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
  30. (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...