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. (Set) The Power of Mathematical Visualization & Joy of Mathematics Set

    (Set) The Power of Mathematical Visualization & Joy of Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Learn to appreciate the complicated beauty of math with this two-course set. Start with The Power of Mathematical Visualization to discover the fascinating science of visualizing math. Then, learn how everything in math is connected with tricks so simple, they’re almost magic in Joy of Mathematics.
  2. (Set) How to Play Chess & Secrets of Mental Math Set on sale

    (Set) How to Play Chess & Secrets of Mental Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $372.00 Starting at $66.90 $469.90 $66.90$469.90
    Learn how the power of forecasting and analytics in math and gameplay can help you solve problems in daily life with this powerful set of How to Play Chess: Lessons from an International Master and The Secrets of Mental Math. Learn fun tricks for solving math problems in your head from a math magician, then take an in-depth look at chess strategies with an International Master and renowned teacher of chess.
  3. (Set) Mind-Bending Math & The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles Set

    (Set) Mind-Bending Math & The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $434.90 Starting at $434.90 $489.90 $434.90$489.90
    For thousands of years, puzzles have been a rewarding aspect of human civilization. If you like mental challenges, then this two-course set is for you. The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles is a fun-filled opportunity to engage with math, strengthen your mental skills, and increase your chances to win. Mind-Bending Math: Riddles and Paradoxes shows you how to solve some of the most famous riddles in history.
  4. (Set) Math and Magic & High School Level Algebra I Set

    (Set) Math and Magic & High School Level Algebra I

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $489.90 Starting at $489.90 $574.90 $489.90$574.90
    Master the most interesting parts of math with this two-course set. Discover how magic is the gateway to the love of mathematics with Math and Magic. Then, study the most critical courses that students take in high school with Algebra I.