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# 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."

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*Publishers Weekly*, starred review"Each [trick] is more dazzling than the last."

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*Physics World*### Details & Specs

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

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0465054722

ISBN - 13:9780465054725

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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

11. The Magic of Calculus

12. The Magic of Infinity

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