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)  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
  2. (Set) Secrets of Mental Math & High School Level Algebra I  Set on sale

    (Set) Secrets of Mental Math & High School Level Algebra I

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $549.90 Starting at $75.00 $659.90 $75.00$659.90
    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...
  3. (Set) Mastering the Fundamentals of Mathematics & Secrets of Mental Math  Set on sale

    (Set) Mastering the Fundamentals of Mathematics & Secrets of Mental Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $419.90 Starting at $75.00 $529.90 $75.00$529.90
  4. (Set) Joy of Mathematics & Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers  Set on sale

    (Set) Joy of 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
    Discover the sheer joy of, and intriguing history behind, the world of mathematics. First, exercise your brain cells with The Joy of Mathematics, which reveals the amazing utility of mathematics in everything from science and engineering to finance, games of chance, and many other aspects of life. Then, explore the equally fascinating history of how numbers grew in our understanding and sparked our imagination in...
  5. (Set) Joy of Mathematics & Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning  Set on sale

    (Set) Joy of Mathematics & Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $489.90 Starting at $75.00 $599.90 $75.00$599.90
    Gain invaluable insights into the practical applications of mathematics and reasoning. In The Joy of Mathematics, discover the utility of this exciting field in everything from science and finance to games of chance. Then, strengthen your ability to successfully argue your views in Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning, 2nd Edition.
  6. (Set)  Games and Puzzles & Mathematical Problem Solving Set on sale

    (Set) Games and Puzzles & Mathematical Problem Solving

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $419.90 Starting at $75.00 $529.90 $75.00$529.90
  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 on sale

    (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
    Save up to $469.80 Starting at $155.00 $699.80 $155.00$699.80
    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 & Joy of Thinking  Set on sale

    (Set) Joy of Mathematics & Joy of Thinking

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $489.90 Starting at $110.00 $599.90 $110.00$599.90
    Embark on two amazing mathematical journeys. In The Joy of Mathematics, learn the amazing utility of this field in everything from science to engineering to finance. In The Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas, uncover and grasp insightful strategies for approaching, enjoying, and understanding the world around you.
  9. (Set)  Memory and the Human Lifespan & Secrets of Mental Math Set on sale

    (Set) Memory and the Human Lifespan & Secrets of Mental Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $419.90 Starting at $75.00 $529.90 $75.00$529.90
  10. (Set) Math and Magic & The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles Set on sale

    (Set) Math and Magic & The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles

    Arthur T. Benjamin
    Save up to $349.90 Starting at $75.00 $459.90 $75.00$459.90
    Join a renowned “mathemagician” for some amazing insights into math. First, learn magic tricks and the math behind them with Math and Magic. Then, learn a rewarding set of skills you can apply to countless games and puzzles with The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles: From Cards to Sudoku.
  11. (Set) Math and Magic & Secrets of Mental Math Set on sale

    (Set) Math and Magic & Secrets of Mental Math

    Arthur T. Benjamin
    Save up to $349.90 Starting at $75.00 $459.90 $75.00$459.90
    Unlock the secrets of math with a set of two fun courses! Discover that magic is the gateway to the love of mathematics with Math and Magic. Then, get essential skills, tips, and tricks for improving and enhancing your ability to solve a range of mathematical problems right in your head with Secrets of Mental Math.
  12. (Set) The Power of Mathematical Visualization & Joy of Mathematics Set on sale

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $489.90 Starting at $75.00 $599.90 $75.00$599.90
    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.
  13. (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 $419.90 Starting at $75.00 $529.90 $75.00$529.90
    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.
  14. (Set) Mind-Bending Math & The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles Set on sale

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $441.00 Starting at $57.90 $529.90 $57.90$529.90
    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.
  15. (Set) Math and Magic & High School Level Algebra I Set on sale

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $549.90 Starting at $75.00 $659.90 $75.00$659.90
    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.
  16. (Set) Math and Magic & Joy of Mathematics Set on sale

    (Set) Math and Magic & Joy of Mathematics

    Arthur T. Benjamin
    Save up to $419.90 Starting at $75.00 $529.90 $75.00$529.90
    Learn to love math with this two-course set. Master dozens of easy crowd-pleasing tricks and the math that makes them work with Math and Magic. Then, uncover simple tricks that allow anyone to look like a math magician with Joy of Mathematics.
  17. (Set) Outsmart Yourself & Secrets of Mental Math Set on sale

    (Set) Outsmart Yourself & Secrets of Mental Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $419.90 Starting at $75.00 $529.90 $75.00$529.90
    Make the most of your mind with this two-course set. Change the way you think by "hacking" your own brain in Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You. Then, optimize your mental capabilities and boost your brain power with Secrets of Mental Math.
  18. (Set) How to Play Chess & The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles Set on sale

    (Set) How to Play Chess & The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $419.90 Starting at $75.00 $529.90 $75.00$529.90
    Everything you need to win games is rooted in an understanding of the underlying patterns and sequences. Learn how to improve your game skills with this two-course set. How to Play Chess provides you with winning strategies and tips for controlling the game from the first move. The lessons you’ll learn in The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles help you increase the chances of coming out a winner in games of all...
  19. (Set) Mind-Bending Math & Secrets of Mental Math Set on sale

    (Set) Mind-Bending Math & Secrets of Mental Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $419.90 Starting at $75.00 $529.90 $75.00$529.90
    Many of us, when faced with math problems, immediately reach for a calculator or a pen. Learning mental math tips can be helpful in situations from grocery shopping to riddle solving. This two-course set provides directions to strengthen your mental calculating skills and then teaches you how to put that newfound knowledge to work in a fun way. Explore Secrets of Mental Math and Mind-Bending Math: Riddles and...
  20. (SET) Mathematical Brain Teasers and Logic Puzzles & Math and Magic Set on sale

    (SET) Mathematical Brain Teasers and Logic Puzzles & Math and Magic

    Arthur T. Benjamin
    Save up to $384.00 Starting at $48.90 $459.90 $48.90$459.90
    Take mathematics from boring to absolutely engaging with this fun and educational two-course set. In Mathematical Brain Teasers and Logic Puzzles, join award-winning teacher and puzzle master Jason Rosenhouse as he teaches you how to master tricky brain teasers, solve challenging riddles, and increase your chances of winning games. And in Math and Magic, award-winning math professor and professional magician Arthur...