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.

Testimonials

"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. Joy of Mathematics

    Joy of Mathematics

    Arthur T. Benjamin
    4.4 out of 5
    81% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (202)
    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...
  2. Secrets of Mental Math Sale

    Secrets of Mental Math

    Arthur T. Benjamin
    4.7 out of 5
    92% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (172)
    Save up to $160.00 Starting at $24.95 $199.95 $24.95$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...
  3. Math and Magic Sale

    Math and Magic

    Arthur T. Benjamin
    4.5 out of 5
    75% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (48)
    Save up to $160.00 Starting at $24.95 $199.95 $24.95$199.95
    Taught by award-winning math professor and professional magician Arthur T. Benjamin of Harvey Mudd College, this course shows the math behind magic through dozens of tricks based on mathematical principles. You’ll learn the algebra that explains card tricks, the shortcuts to lightning-fast mental calculations, and other marvels of the magician’s art—all while impressing your friends, family, and yourself.
  4. The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles: From Cards to Sudoku

    The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles: From Cards to Sudoku

    Arthur T. Benjamin
    4.6 out of 5
    89% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (55)
    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:...
  5. Discrete Mathematics

    Discrete Mathematics

    Arthur T. Benjamin
    4.7 out of 5
    92% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (57)
    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...
  6. (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
  7. (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...
  8. (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
  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)  Physics and Our Universe & Secrets of Mental Math Set

    (Set) Physics and Our Universe & Secrets of Mental Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $699.90 Starting at $699.90 $824.90 $699.90$824.90
  11. (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
  12. (Set) The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles: From Cards to Sudoku & Joy of Mathematics  Set

    (Set) The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles: From Cards to Sudoku & Joy of Mathematics

    Arthur T. Benjamin
    Starting at $414.90 Starting at $414.90 $474.90 $414.90$474.90
  13. (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...
  14. (Set)  Physics and Our Universe & Joy of Math Set

    (Set) Physics and Our Universe & Joy of Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $744.90 Starting at $744.90 $879.90 $744.90$879.90
  15. (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...
  16. (Set)  How Music and Mathematics Relate & Joy of Mathematics Set

    (Set) How Music and Mathematics Relate & Joy of Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $414.90 Starting at $414.90 $474.90 $414.90$474.90
  17. (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...
  18. (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...
  19. (Set)  Mastering the Fundamentals of Mathematics & The Joy of Math Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  20. (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