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Secrets of Mental Math, by A. Benjamin and M. Shermer
NOTE: This book was formerly titled
Mathemagics: How to Look Like a Genius Without Really Trying
Secrets of Mental Math: The Mathemagician’s Guide
to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Math Tricks
This book will have you thinking like a math genius in no time. Get ready to amaze your friends — and yourself — with incredible calculations you never thought you could master, as renowned “mathemagician” Arthur Benjamin shares his techniques for lightning-quick calculations and amazing number tricks. This book will teach you to do math in your head faster than you ever thought possible, dramatically improve your memory for numbers, and — maybe for the first time — make mathematics fun.
“A great introduction to the wonder of numbers, from two superb teachers.” — Briane Greene, author of The Elegant Universe
“A magical mystery tour of mental mathematics! Fascinating and fun.”
— Joseph Gallian, President of the Mathematical Association of America
“The clearest, simplest, most entertaining, and best book yet on the art of calculating in your head.” — Martin Gardner, author of Mathematical Magic Show and Mathematical Carnival
“This book can teach you mental math skills that will surprise you and your friends. Better, you will have fun and have valuable practical tools inside your head.” — Dr. Edward O. Thorp, mathematician and author of Beat the Dealer and Beat the Market
Dr. ARTHUR BENJAMIN is a Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, having received his Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences from Johns Hopkins University in 1989. In 2000, the Mathematical Association of America awarded him the Haimo Prize for Distinguished College Teaching. Arthur Benjamin is also a professional magician, and frequently performs at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. He has demonstrated and explained his calculating talents to audiences all over the world. In 2005, Reader’s Digest called him “America’s Best Math Whiz.”
DR. MICHAEL SHERMER is a monthly columnist for Scientific American, the Publisher of Skeptic magazine, and the host of the Caltech public science lecture series. He is the author of Why People Believe Weird Things, How We Believe, The Science of Good and Evil, The Borderlands of Science, and Science Friction.
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