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Art Benjamin

Harvey Mudd College; Math Magician
Arthur Benjamin earned his B.S. at Carnegie Mellon University in 1983 and his Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences at Johns Hopkins University in 1989. He is a Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, where he has served as department chair and co-editor of Math Horizons magazine. The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) awarded him the Haimo Prize for Distinguished University Teaching. In 1997, he applied his mathematical talents to the game of backgammon and won the American Backgammon Tour.
Benjamin is also a professional magician who frequently performs at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. He has authored several books and four DVD courses from The Great Courses series, including The Joy of Mathematics, The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles, and The Secrets of Mental Math. He has demonstrated and explained his calculating talents to audiences all over the world and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including The Today Show, CNN, National Public Radio and The Colbert Report. His three TED talks have been viewed over 10 million times.