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Arthur Benjamin

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.

Dr. Benjamin has given 3 TED talks, which have been viewed over 12 million times. He has demonstrated and explained his calculating talents to audiences all over the world and has appeared on numerous television programs, including The Today Show, CNN, and The Colbert Report. He has been featured in Scientific American, Omni, Discover, People, Esquire, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Reader's Digest. Reader's Digest calls him "America's Best Math Whiz." His book, Secrets of Mental Math is one of the best-selling mathematics books ever written. His newest book, The Magic of Math: Solving for X and Figuring out whY is a New York Times bestseller.



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.

The Beauty & Magic of Math

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!

Down with Calculus! Up with Statistics!

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.

The Mathematics of Games & Puzzles

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.

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