Distinguished Mathematician & One of the World’s Fastest Mental Calculators
Dr. Arthur Benjamin is a distinguished mathematician, a professional magician, and one of the world’s fastest mental calculators. He has been repeatedly honored by the Mathematical Association of America for his teaching and writing, and was recently selected by Princeton Review as one of The Best 300 Professors in America. He is the sole recipient of the 2017 Communications Award from Joint Policy Board for Mathematics. This award is given to people who, on a sustained basis, share the beauty and value of mathematics to a broad audience. Read More >
Dr. Benjamin is one of the world’s fastest mental calculators. In this dynamic and high energy talk, he demonstrates and explains how to perform rapid mental calculations in your head faster than a calculator. Whether you are a student, parent, or teacher, you will experience math like you’ve never seen before.
We learn mathematics for one of three reasons: calculation, applications, and last but not least, inspiration. Taught by “mathemagician” Arthur Benjamin, you will be empowered to see the beauty, power, and magic of mathematics. You will have fun fooling around with Fibonacci numbers, investigating infinity, and marveling over mathematical magic tricks that will make you look like a genius!
Most of the mathematics that we learn in high school is preparing us for a class that most of us will never use in the real world, calculus. We would be much better served learning about the mathematics that describes risk, randomness, and data, namely probability and statistics. Filled with entertaining applications of probabilistic thinking and other suggestions for improving our system of mathematics education.
Most games and puzzles can be better appreciated when viewed mathematically. What are the best games to play in the casino and which are best avoided? What are the best strategies for playing games (or deciding on investments) when you have an advantage or disadvantage? This talk can be turned into a day-long seminar with such topics as Optimal Blackjack, Expert Backgammon, Solving Sudoku, and Mastering Rubik’s Cube.
"Dr. Arthur Benjamin made two presentations at Millersville University. The audience for the afternoon presentation consisted of 5th through 9th graders. The audience for the evening performance consisted of children through adults including university students and faculty. There was standing room only for both presentations (750 each). These were the largest crowds to ever attend the Science Lectureship. Dr. Benjamin appealed to all ages. His presentations were energetic and humorous as well as being informative. He had people excited about mathematics. One teacher stated: 'Dr. Benjamin was a fantastic lecturer and truly inspiring to the students.'"
"Your gift for mental calculation is truly astounding. The technology, risk management and compliance professionals who attended the Summit were completely captivated by your presentation, and we appreciate the excitement that you brought to our event. You had the complete attention of everyone in the room throughout your entire presentation, and your feats of mind were a major point of discussion for the remainder of the Summit. You inspired us all to use our brains a little bit more, and we will never forget your incredible show."
"I just wanted to send a note thanking you for the fantastic keynote you gave for our Mathematics Educator Appreciation Day (MEAD) Conference. Many teachers commented on how fun and motivational your presentation was. We were eager to have a keynote speaker who could remind our audience why they love the subject they teach. You did an amazing job of this. It was everybody's consensus that this was the best MEAD Conference yet. You played a key role in making it happen. Thank you for being so generous in working with us."
"Your presentation at BMS was thoroughly enjoyed by both the students and the faculty. You were phenomenal! You have such a great way of getting kids thinking and enjoying math!! We look forward to having you back in the future."
"Thanks again for presenting at the Amazon event. The feedback I received was amazing; everyone loved your show. It was *perfect* for the team there assembled. Now my big challenge is how do I even come close to something like that for next year?"
"Doctor Benjamin's presentation ranks among the very best. He is able to entertain, motivate, stimulate, and educate simultaneously, a rare ability that helps to bring the joy of math and science into the lives of his audiences."
"I wanted to profusely thank you for coming to our annual meeting and dinner. Our investors and guests continue to sing your praises and routinely tell us you were the most memorable part of the evening."
"He talks like a performer, acts like a magician, and multiplies faster than a calculator."
"Parents, teachers, and children, with multiple layers of math phobia, related easily to your imaginative style of storytelling and theater that brings math to a 'Wow!' level."
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