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

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

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

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

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

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    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.
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    (Set) Joy of Mathematics & Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear

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    Exercise your brain cells and see mathematics as both accessible and enjoyable. Joy of Mathematics reveals the amazing utility of this exciting field in everything from science and engineering to finance and games of chance. Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition, teaches you the power and beauty of calculus without the technical background traditionally required in calculus courses.
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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 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...
  12. (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

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    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...
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    (Set) Shape of Nature & Discrete Mathematics

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    (Set) Special Offer: Buy all 8

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    Save up to $1,369.60 Starting at $315.00 $1,839.60 $315.00$1,839.60
    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...
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  17. (Set) Discrete Mathematics & Joy of Mathematics  Set on sale

    (Set) Discrete Mathematics & Joy of Mathematics

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    Discover a wealth of mathematical wonders in this two-course set taught by acclaimed mathematician and popular Teaching Company Professor Arthur T. Benjamin. Explore a modern mathematical realm in Discrete Mathematics, 24 mind-expanding lectures that cover combinatorics, number theory, and graph theory. Next, in The Joy of Mathematics, discover the amazing utility of this exciting field in everything from science...
  18. (Set) Discrete Mathematics & Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers  Set on sale

    (Set) Discrete Mathematics & Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers

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

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    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...
  20. (Set) Queen of the Sciences & Joy of Mathematics  Set on sale

    (Set) Queen of the Sciences & Joy of Mathematics

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    Embark on exciting intellectual adventures into the world of mathematics. In The Queen of the Sciences: A History of Mathematics, explore more than 4,000 years of rich mathematical history and come to appreciate the enormous efforts that went into deciphering our natural world. Then, discover the amazing utility of mathematics in everything from science to engineering to finance in The Joy of Mathematics.