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

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $489.90 Starting at $110.00 $599.90 $110.00$599.90
    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...
  2. (Set) How to Become a SuperStar Student, 2nd Ed. & Secrets of Mental Math  Set on sale

    (Set) How to Become a SuperStar Student, 2nd Ed. & Secrets of Mental Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $349.90 Starting at $75.00 $459.90 $75.00$459.90
  3. (Set) Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition; Joy of Mathematics & Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas  Set on sale

    (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
    Save up to $729.85 Starting at $170.00 $899.85 $170.00$899.85
    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...
  4. (Set)  Games and Puzzles & Secrets for a Powerful Memory Set on sale

    (Set) Games and Puzzles & Secrets for a Powerful Memory

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $239.90 Starting at $75.00 $349.90 $75.00$349.90
  5. (Set) Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear & Joy of Mathematics  Set on sale

    (Set) Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear & Joy of Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $489.90 Starting at $75.00 $599.90 $75.00$599.90
    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...
  6. (Set) Prove It: The Art of Mathematical Argument & Secrets of Mental Math   Set on sale

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $419.90 Starting at $75.00 $529.90 $75.00$529.90
    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...
  7. (Set) Joy of Mathematics & Mastering Differential Equations  Set on sale

    (Set) Joy of Mathematics & Mastering Differential Equations

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $489.90 Starting at $75.00 $599.90 $75.00$599.90
  8. (Set) Optimizing Brain Fitness & Secrets of Mental Math  Set on sale

    (Set) Optimizing Brain Fitness & Secrets of Mental Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $349.90 Starting at $75.00 $459.90 $75.00$459.90
    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...
  9. (Set)  Mathematical Problem Solving & Discrete Mathematics Set on sale

    (Set) Mathematical Problem Solving & Discrete Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $489.90 Starting at $75.00 $599.90 $75.00$599.90
  10. (Set) Improving Your Brain  Set on sale

    (Set) Improving Your Brain

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $959.80 Starting at $155.00 $1,189.80 $155.00$1,189.80
  11. (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 $419.90 Starting at $75.00 $529.90 $75.00$529.90
    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...
  12. (Set) Great Thinkers, Great Theorems & Joy of Mathematics Set on sale

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $489.90 Starting at $75.00 $599.90 $75.00$599.90
  13. (Set)  Our Night Sky & Secrets of Mental Math Set on sale

    (Set) Our Night Sky & Secrets of Mental Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $349.90 Starting at $75.00 $459.90 $75.00$459.90
  14. (Set) The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles: From Cards to Sudoku & Secrets of Mental Math  Set on sale

    (Set) The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles: From Cards to Sudoku & Secrets of Mental Math

    Arthur T. Benjamin
    Save up to $349.90 Starting at $75.00 $459.90 $75.00$459.90
    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...
  15. (Set) Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition & Discrete Mathematics  Set on sale

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $489.90 Starting at $75.00 $599.90 $75.00$599.90
    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.
  16. (Set)  Physics and Our Universe & Secrets of Mental Math Set on sale

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $844.90 Starting at $75.00 $954.90 $75.00$954.90
  17. (Set) Four Great Courses, One Amazingly Low Price!!! Set on sale

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $969.80 Starting at $155.00 $1,199.80 $155.00$1,199.80
    Not sure which Great Course you want to order? Then order them all! For a limited time only, you can get Building Great Sentences; Joy of Mathematics; Understanding the Fundamentals of Music; and The Art of Critical Decision Making 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...
  18. (Set) Joy of Science & Joy of Mathematics  Set on sale

    (Set) Joy of Science & Joy of Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $914.90 Starting at $75.00 $1,024.90 $75.00$1,024.90
    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.
  19. (Set) Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers; Queen of the Sciences: A History of Mathematics; & Joy of Mathematics  Set on sale

    (Set) Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers; Queen of the Sciences: A History of Mathematics; & Joy of Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $729.85 Starting at $170.00 $899.85 $170.00$899.85
  20. (Set)  Physics and Our Universe & Joy of Math Set on sale

    (Set) Physics and Our Universe & Joy of Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $914.90 Starting at $75.00 $1,024.90 $75.00$1,024.90