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**About this book :- **
**Mathemagics: How to Look Like a Genius Without Really Trying ** written by
** Arthur Benjamin, Michael Brant Shermer **

Mathematics is a wonderful, elegant, and exceedingly useful language. It has its own vocabulary and syntax, its own verbs, nouns, and modifiers, and its own dialects and patois. It is used brilliantly by some, poorly by others. Some of us fear to pursue its more esoteric uses, while a few of us wield it like a sword to attack and conquer income tax forms or masses of data that resist the less courageous.

This book does not guarantee to turn you into a Leibniz, or put you on stage as a Professor Algebra, but it will, we hope, bring you a new, exciting, and even entertaining view of what can be done with that wonderful invention-numbers.

We all think we know enough about arithmetic to get by, and we certainly feel no guilt about resorting to the handy pocket calculator that has become so much a part of our lives. But, just as photography may blind us to the beauty of a Vermeer painting, or an electronic keyboard may make us forget the magnificence of a Horowitz sonata, too much reliance on technology can deny us the pleasures that you will find in these pages.

This is a fun book. You wouldn't have it in your hands right now if you didn't have some interest either in improving your math skills or in satisfying a curiosity about this fascinating subject. As with all such instruction books, you may only retain and use a certain percentage of the varied tricks and methods described here, but that alone will make it worth the investment of your time.

**Book Detail :- **
** Title: ** Mathemagics: How to Look Like a Genius Without Really Trying
** Author(s): ** Arthur Benjamin, Michael Brant Shermer
** Publisher: ** Lowell House
** Series: **
** Year: ** 1993
** Pages: ** 240
** Type: ** PDF
** Language: ** German
** ISBN: ** 0929923545,9780929923543,1565651189,9781565651180
** Country: ** US

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**About Author :- **

Author ** Arthur T. Benjamin ** is a Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1983, where he earned a B.S. in Applied Mathematics with university honors. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences in 1989 from Johns Hopkins University, where he was supported by a National Science Foundation graduate fellowship and a Rufus P. Isaacs fellowship. Since 1989, Dr. Benjamin has been a faculty member of the Mathematics Department at Harvey Mudd College, where he has served as department chair. He has spent sabbatical visits at Caltech, Brandeis University, and University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

1999, Professor Benjamin received the Southern California Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics, and in 2000, he received the MAA Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo National Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. He was named the 2006í2008 George Pólya Lecturer by the MAA.

Dr. Benjamin’s research interests include combinatorics, game theory, and number theory, with a special fondness for Fibonacci numbers. Many of these ideas appear in his book (co-authored with Jennifer Quinn), Proofs That Really Count: The Art of Combinatorial Proof published by the MAA. In 2006, that book received the Beckenbach Book Prize by the MAA. Professors Benjamin and Quinn are the co-editors of Math Horizons magazine, published by MAA and enjoyed by more than 20,000 readers, mostly undergraduate math students and their teachers.

Professor Benjamin is also a professional magician. He has given more than 1,000 “mathemagics” shows to audiences all over the world (from primary schools to scienti¿ c conferences), where he demonstrates and explains his calculating talents. His techniques are explained in his book Secrets of Mental Math: The Mathemagician’s Guide to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Math Tricks. Proli¿ c math and science writer Martin Gardner calls it “the clearest, simplest, most entertaining, and best book yet on the art of calculating in your head.” An avid games player, Dr. Benjamin was winner of the American Backgammon Tour in 1997.

Professor Benjamin has appeared on dozens of television and radio programs, including the Today Show, CNN, and National Public Radio. He has been featured in Scienti¿ c American, Omni, Discover, People, Esquire, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Reader’s Digest. In 2005, Reader’s Digest called him “America’s Best Math Whiz.”

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**Book Contents :- **
**Mathemagics: How to Look Like a Genius Without Really Trying ** written by
** Arthur Benjamin, Michael Brant Shermer **
cover the following topics.

Foreword by James Randi

Preface by Michael Shermer

Introduction by Arthur Benjamin

1. A Little Give and Take: Mental Addition and Subtraction

2. Products of a Misspent Youth: Basic Multiplication

3. New and Improved Products: Intermediate Multiplication

4. Divide and Conquer: Mental Division

5. The Art of "Guesstimation"

6. Math for the Board: Pencil and Paper Mathematics

7. A Memorable

8. The Tough Stuff Made Easy: Advanced Multiplication

9. Mathematical Magic

Answers

Bibliograph

Index

- Abstract Algebra
- Calculus
- Differential Equations
- Engineering Mathematics
- Linear Algebra
- Math Magic
- Real Analysis