Arthur T. Benjamin
|Arthur T. Benjamin|
March 19, 1961 |
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
|Residence||Claremont, California, USA|
|Institutions||Harvey Mudd College|
|Alma mater||Carnegie Mellon University
Johns Hopkins University
|Known for||Mental mathematics feats. Combinatorics.|
He is known for mental math capabilities and mathemagics performances. These have included shows at the Magic Castle and TED. He is also the first mathematician to have been featured on the Colbert Report.
He has a Bachelor of Science with highest honors in Applied Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1983, a Master of Science in Engineering in Mathematical Sciences in 1985 and a Doctor of Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University in 1989; his PhD dissertation was titled "Turnpike Structures for Optimal Maneuvers". During his freshman year at CMU he wrote the lyrics and created the magic effects for the musical comedy, Kije!, in collaboration with author Scott McGregor and composer Arthur Darrell Turner. This musical was the winner of an annual competition and was first performed as the CMU's Spring Musical in 1980.
The Mathematical Association of America gave him a regional award for distinguished teaching in 1999 and a national one in 2000. He was the Mathematical Association of America's George Pólya Lecturer for 2006-8. In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.
He also filmed a series of The Teaching Company lectures called "The Joy of Mathematics", "Discrete Mathematics", and "The Secrets of Mental Math". Mathemagics, a multimedia disc released for the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer in 1994, consists largely of short demonstrations and lessons by Benjamin in mental math and mathemagics.
Benjamin won the American Backgammon Tour in 1997. He has written a book named "Think like a Math Genius" in which he shares ways to work with numbers quickly in mind without use of paper and pencil.
Notes and references
- "Mathemagics: Dr. Benjamin's Recent Performances". Retrieved 2008-03-15.
- "Arthur Benjamin: Lightning calculation and other "Mathemagic"". Archived from the original on February 19, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-23.
- "Kije! A Musical Fairy Tale". Archived from the original on April 20, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-15.
- List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2012-11-10.
- "Joy of Mathematics". The Teaching Company. Retrieved 2008-03-15.
- "Discrete Mathematics". The Teaching Company. Retrieved 2010-04-29.
- "The Secrets of Mental Math". The Teaching Company. Retrieved March 26, 2011.
- "San Diego Science Festival Schedule of Performances". San Diego Science Festival. Archived from the original on March 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-12.[dead link]
- Alexanderson, Donald J. (2011). "Arthur Benjamin". Fascinating Mathematical People: Interviews and Memoirs. Princeton University Press. pp. 107–128. ISBN 978-1-4008-3955-1.