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

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
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    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...
  2. (Set) Understanding Calculus: Problems, Solutions, and Tips & Secrets of Mental Math  Set

    (Set) Understanding Calculus: Problems, Solutions, and Tips & Secrets of Mental Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $489.90 Starting at $489.90 $574.90 $489.90$574.90
    Dispel the myth that mathematics is an intimidating subject with these two courses that reveal just how accessible&mdashand fun&mdashmath can be. In Understanding Calculus: Problems, Solutions, and Tips, cover all the major topics of a full-year calculus course at the College Board Advanced Placement AB level or a first-semester course in college. And in The Secrets of Mental Math, an award-winning professor guides...
  3. (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
  4. (Set) Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition; Joy of Mathematics & Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas  Set

    (Set) Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition; Joy of Mathematics & Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $764.85 Starting at $764.85 $764.85 $764.85$764.85
    Dispel the myths about math's difficulty and irrelevance to your daily life with this insightful three-course set. In Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, you learn how to grasp the power and beauty of calculus without the technical background required in traditional calculus courses. The Joy of Mathematics demonstrates the amazing utility of this exciting field in everything from science and engineering to...
  5. (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
  6. (Set) Joy of Mathematics & How to Become a SuperStar Student, 2nd Edition   Set

    (Set) Joy of Mathematics & How to Become a SuperStar Student, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $394.90 Starting at $394.90 $454.90 $394.90$454.90
    Let your students discover the wonder and ease of learning with this engaging two-course set. First, they'll rediscover the joy to be found in everything from algebra and geometry to probability and calculus with The Joy of Mathematics. Then, they'll strengthen and enhance their study skills with the invaluable tips and strategies found in How to Become a SuperStar Student, 2nd Edition.
  7. (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...
  8. (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
  9. (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...
  10. (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
  11. (Set) Four Great Courses, One Amazingly Low Price!!! Set

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  12. (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...
  13. (Set) Great Thinkers, Great Theorems & Joy of Mathematics Set

    (Set) Great Thinkers, Great Theorems & Joy of Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  14. (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
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    Not sure which Great Course you want to order? Then order them all! For a limited time only, you can get The Secrets of Mental Math; Black Holes Explained; Origins of Great Ancient Civilization; and Thinking Like an Economist 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...
  16. (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...
  17. (Set) Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition & Discrete Mathematics  Set

    (Set) Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition & Discrete Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Immerse yourself in two important mathematical fields with a pair of award-winning professors. Start by focusing on calculus and the ways it appears around you with Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition. Next, in Discrete Mathematics, explore the modern mathematical realm of discrete mathematics, which achieves fascinating results using relatively simple means, such as counting.
  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) Special Offer: Buy all 8  Set

    (Set) Special Offer: Buy all 8

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,359.60 Starting at $1,359.60 $1,599.60 $1,359.60$1,599.60
    Discover grand insights into a range of fascinating subjects with this dynamic eight-course set: Secrets of Mental Math, History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon, Optimizing Brain Fitness, Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History, Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe, Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre, Origins of Great Ancient...
  20. (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.