The Magic of Maths
The Magic of Maths is the maths book you wish you had in school. Using a delightful assortment of examples, from ice cream scoops and poker hands that teach you factorials to mnemonics that help you memorize pi, this book empowers you to see the beauty, simplicity, and fun behind those formulas and equations that once left your head spinning. You'll learn the key ideas of classic areas of mathematics like arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus but you'll also have fun playing with pi, fooling around with Fibonacci numbers, investigating infinity, and marvelling over mathematical magic tricks. A tour of the greatest hits of mathematics, The Magic of Maths is a book for both fans of mathematics and those who want to be proven wrong about their previous prejudices of maths. Arthur Benjamin is a mathematician-known throughout the world as the "mathemagician"-who mixes mathematics and magic to make the subject fun and beautiful. Maths lovers are going to find new ways to look at old friends, the way a view from a mountaintop puts a beautiful valley in a new perspective. For everyone whonever particularly liked or understood maths-The Magic of Maths is going to put you under its spell.
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 Today Show and The Colbert Report. Benjamin has been profiled in such publications as the "New York Times," the "Los Angeles Times," "USA Today," "Scientific American," "Discover," and "Wired.""