The Magic of Math: Solving for x and Figuring Out Why by Arthur BenjaminThe Magic of Math: Solving for x and Figuring Out Why by Arthur Benjamin

The Magic of Math: Solving for x and Figuring Out Why

byArthur Benjamin

Hardcover | September 8, 2015

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The world's greatest mental mathematical magician takes us on a spellbinding journey through the wonders of numbers (and more)

"Arthur Benjamin ... joyfully shows you how to make nature's numbers dance."--Bill Nye (the science guy)

The Magic of Math is the math book you wish you had in school. Using a delightful assortment of examples-from ice-cream scoops and poker hands to measuring mountains and making magic squares-this book revels in key mathematical fields including arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and calculus, plus Fibonacci numbers, infinity, and, of course, mathematical magic tricks. Known throughout the world as the "mathemagician," Arthur Benjamin mixes mathematics and magic to make the subject fun, attractive, and easy to understand for math fan and math-phobic alike.

"A positively joyful exploration of mathematics."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Each [trick] is more dazzling than the last."
-Physics World
Arthur Benjamin holds a PhD from Johns Hopkins University and is a professor of mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, where he has taught since 1989. He is a noted “mathemagician,” known for being able to perform complicated computations in his head. He is the author, most recently, of The Secrets of Mental Math, and has appeared on The ...
Title:The Magic of Math: Solving for x and Figuring Out WhyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.62 × 6.62 × 1.12 inPublished:September 8, 2015Publisher:Basic BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0465054722

ISBN - 13:9780465054725

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Variety of Fun Math Topics For me, reading this pleasant math book was like stepping back in time to my old high school years – for much of the book, anyway. Separate chapters are devoted to the basics of algebra, geometry, trigonometry and mathematical proofs. Other chapters concentrate on differential calculus, combinatorics, the Fibonacci series, pi, exponents, imaginary numbers and infinity. Also, there are a few chapters on what I refer to as number gymnastics, e.g., how to do mental math, and some chapters flirt with number theory, e.g., intriguing properties of Pascal’s triangle, of the Fibonacci numbers, etc. The author’s clear, lively, very friendly and often witty style makes this book a pleasure to read, despite the material on number theory which is not my favorite branch of mathematics. The author’s gentle approach is such that this book could be a valuable reference for high school students. On the other hand, older readers can enjoy it as a review of material that may have been forgotten but was a lot of fun when it was studied; it certainly was for me.
Date published: 2015-10-09

Table of Contents

1. The Magic of Numbers
2. The Magic of Algebra
3. The Magic of 9
4. The Magic of Counting
5. The Magic of Fibonacci Numbers
6. The Magic of Proofs
7. The Magic of Geometry
8. The Magic of Pi
9. The Magic of Trigonometry
10. The Magic of i and e
11. The Magic of Calculus
12. The Magic of Infinity

Editorial Reviews

"There's a playful joy to be found in this book, for readers at any level. Most magicians don't reveal their secrets, but in The Magic of Math, Arthur Benjamin shows how uncovering the mystery behind beautiful mathematical truths makes math even more marvelous to behold."-Francis Su, president, Mathematical Association of America "The Magic of Math offers an expansive, unforgettable journey through mathematics where numbers dance and mathematical secrets are revealed. Just open the book and start reading; you'll be swept over by the magic of Benjamin's writing. Luckily, there is no magician's code to these secrets as you'll undoubtedly want to share and perform them with family and friends." -Tim Chartier, professor of Mathematics, Davidson College, and author of Math Bytes