The Magic of Math

Solving for x and Figuring Out Why

Author: Arthur Benjamin

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465061621

Category: Mathematics

Page: 336

View: 2925

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 empowers you to see the beauty, simplicity, and truly magical properties 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 fooling around with Fibonacci numbers, investigating infinity, and marveling over mathematical magic tricks that will make you look like a math genius! A mathematician who is known throughout the world as the “mathemagician,” Arthur Benjamin mixes mathematics and magic to make the subject fun, attractive, and easy to understand. In The Magic of Math, Benjamin does more than just teach skills: with a tip of his magic hat, he takes you on as his apprentice to teach you how to appreciate math the way he does. He motivates you to learn something new about how to solve for x, because there is real pleasure to be found in the solution to a challenging problem or in using numbers to do something useful. But what he really wants you to do is be able to figure out why, for that's where you'll find the real beauty, power, and magic of math. If you are already someone who likes math, this book will dazzle and amuse you. If you never particularly liked or understood math, Benjamin will enlighten you and—with a wave of his magic wand—turn you into a math lover.

The Magic of Math

Solving for x and Figuring Out Why

Author: Arthur Benjamin

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0465061621

Category: Mathematics

Page: 336

View: 7442

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 empowers you to see the beauty, simplicity, and truly magical properties 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 fooling around with Fibonacci numbers, investigating infinity, and marveling over mathematical magic tricks that will make you look like a math genius! A mathematician who is known throughout the world as the “mathemagician,” Arthur Benjamin mixes mathematics and magic to make the subject fun, attractive, and easy to understand. In The Magic of Math, Benjamin does more than just teach skills: with a tip of his magic hat, he takes you on as his apprentice to teach you how to appreciate math the way he does. He motivates you to learn something new about how to solve for x, because there is real pleasure to be found in the solution to a challenging problem or in using numbers to do something useful. But what he really wants you to do is be able to figure out why, for that's where you'll find the real beauty, power, and magic of math. If you are already someone who likes math, this book will dazzle and amuse you. If you never particularly liked or understood math, Benjamin will enlighten you and—with a wave of his magic wand—turn you into a math lover.

The Magic of Maths

Solving for X and Figuring Out Why

Author: Benjamin Arthur,Arthur Benjamin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780465098743

Category:

Page: 336

View: 6888

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 to measuring mountains and making magic squares--this book empowers you to see the beauty, simplicity, and truly magical properties 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 fooling around with Fibonacci numbers, investigating infinity, and marveling over mathematical magic tricks that will make you look like a maths genius! A mathematician who is known throughout the world as the "mathemagician,” Arthur Benjamin mixes mathematics and magic to make the subject fun, attractive, and easy to understand. In The Magic of Maths, Benjamin does more than just teach skills: with a tip of his magic hat, he takes you on as his apprentice to teach you how to appreciate maths the way he does. He motivates you to learn something new about how to solve for x, because there is real pleasure to be found in the solution to a challenging problem or in using numbers to do something useful. But what he really wants you to do is be able to figure out why, for that’s where you’ll find the real beauty, power, and magic of maths. If you are already someone who likes maths, this book will dazzle and amuse you. If you never particularly liked or understood maths, Benjamin will enlighten you and--with a wave of his magic wand--turn you into a maths lover.

The Magic of Maths

Solving for x and Figuring Out Why

Author: Arthur Benjamin

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465098754

Category: Mathematics

Page: 336

View: 5728

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 to measuring mountains and making magic squares—this book empowers you to see the beauty, simplicity, and truly magical properties 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 fooling around with Fibonacci numbers, investigating infinity, and marveling over mathematical magic tricks that will make you look like a maths genius! A mathematician who is known throughout the world as the “mathemagician,” Arthur Benjamin mixes mathematics and magic to make the subject fun, attractive, and easy to understand. In The Magic of Maths, Benjamin does more than just teach skills: with a tip of his magic hat, he takes you on as his apprentice to teach you how to appreciate maths the way he does. He motivates you to learn something new about how to solve for x, because there is real pleasure to be found in the solution to a challenging problem or in using numbers to do something useful. But what he really wants you to do is be able to figure out why, for that's where you'll find the real beauty, power, and magic of maths. If you are already someone who likes maths, this book will dazzle and amuse you. If you never particularly liked or understood maths, Benjamin will enlighten you and—with a wave of his magic wand—turn you into a maths lover.

Secrets of Mental Math

The Mathemagician's Guide to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Math Tricks

Author: Arthur Benjamin,Michael Shermer

Publisher: Three Rivers Press

ISBN: 9780307347466

Category: Mathematics

Page: 224

View: 7836

These simple math secrets and tricks will forever change how you look at the world of numbers. Secrets of Mental Math 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. Yes, even you can learn to do seemingly complex equations in your head; all you need to learn are a few tricks. You’ll be able to quickly multiply and divide triple digits, compute with fractions, and determine squares, cubes, and roots without blinking an eye. No matter what your age or current math ability, Secrets of Mental Math will allow you to perform fantastic feats of the mind effortlessly. This is the math they never taught you in school.

Mathemagics

How to Look Like a Genius Without Really Trying

Author: Arthur Benjamin,Michael Shermer

Publisher: Contemporary Books

ISBN: 9780737300086

Category: Mathematics

Page: 207

View: 796

Demonstrates how to solve math problems more quickly in one's head than with a calculator, and describes mathematical tricks and shortcuts

Love and Math

The Heart of Hidden Reality

Author: Edward Frenkel

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465069959

Category: Mathematics

Page: 288

View: 7230

What if you had to take an art class in which you were only taught how to paint a fence? What if you were never shown the paintings of van Gogh and Picasso, weren’t even told they existed? Alas, this is how math is taught, and so for most of us it becomes the intellectual equivalent of watching paint dry. In Love and Math, renowned mathematician Edward Frenkel reveals a side of math we’ve never seen, suffused with all the beauty and elegance of a work of art. In this heartfelt and passionate book, Frenkel shows that mathematics, far from occupying a specialist niche, goes to the heart of all matter, uniting us across cultures, time, and space. Love and Math tells two intertwined stories: of the wonders of mathematics and of one young man’s journey learning and living it. Having braved a discriminatory educational system to become one of the twenty-first century’s leading mathematicians, Frenkel now works on one of the biggest ideas to come out of math in the last 50 years: the Langlands Program. Considered by many to be a Grand Unified Theory of mathematics, the Langlands Program enables researchers to translate findings from one field to another so that they can solve problems, such as Fermat’s last theorem, that had seemed intractable before. At its core, Love and Math is a story about accessing a new way of thinking, which can enrich our lives and empower us to better understand the world and our place in it. It is an invitation to discover the magic hidden universe of mathematics.

Teach Your Child Math

Making Math Fun for the Both of You

Author: Arthur Benjamin,Michael Shermer

Publisher: Contemporary Books

ISBN: 9780737301342

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 194

View: 337

Suggests a variety of games that help teach math and problem-solving skills, and includes activities for preschoolers up to fifth-graders

Think Like A Maths Genius

The Art of Calculating in Your Head

Author: Arthur Benjamin,Michael Shermer

Publisher: Souvenir Press

ISBN: 0285640666

Category: Education

Page: 303

View: 6409

How to calculate almost anything in your head. Did you know that it's easier to add and subtract from left to right, rather than the other way round? You can be taught to square a three-digit number in seconds. Learn how to perform lightning calculations in your head, discover methods of incredible memorisation and other feats of mental agility. Learn maths secrets for the real world, from shopping to calculating a restaurant tip and figuring out gambling odds (or how much you've won). Learn how to solve sudoku faster.

Math Magic

Human Calculator Shows How to Master Eve

Author: Scott Flansburg,Victoria Hay

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062434985

Category: Reference

Page: 352

View: 3368

Don't live in fear of math any longer. Math Magic makes math what you may never have imagined it to be: easy and fun! Scott Flansburg -- "the Human Calculator" who believes that there are no "mathematical illiterates," just people who have not learned how to make math work for them -- demonstrates how everyone can put their phobia to rest and deal with essential every-day mathematical calculations with confidence. This is the book for millions of otherwise successful adults who are afraid to balance their checkbooks and don't know how to figure interest on savings or credit, and for the millions of students who dread their math classes and live in fear of the SAT math section. In Math Magic, Scott Flansburg shows the reader how to: Master the basics, including the real way addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division work Simplify calculations through estimation Quick-check answers Convert metric measures to more familiar ones Figure tips, taxes, and percentages -- never get short-changed again! Master algebra using the nine easy steps to algebra Math Magic is for all of us who need and want to improve our understanding of math. With the help of Flansburg, the Guinness World Record holder as the Fastest Human Calculator, you can do math just like magic.

The Joy of X

A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity

Author: Steven Henry Strogatz

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547517653

Category: MATHEMATICS

Page: 316

View: 1180

A comprehensive tour of leading mathematical ideas by an award-winning professor and columnist for the New York Times Opinionator series demonstrates how math intersects with philosophy, science and other aspects of everyday life. By the author of The Calculus of Friendship. 50,000 first printing.

Proofs that Really Count

The Art of Combinatorial Proof

Author: Arthur T. Benjamin,Jennifer J. Quinn

Publisher: MAA

ISBN: 9780883853337

Category: Mathematics

Page: 194

View: 8891

Demonstration of the use of simple counting arguments to describe number patterns; numerous hints and references.

The Art of Mental Calculation

Addition & Subtraction

Author: Arthur Benjamin,Natalya Clair, St.

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781495219962

Category: Mathematics

Page: 60

View: 5098

The Art of Mental Calculation will make math fun and accessible to students of all levels. Whether as an enrichment program for aspiring math geniuses or fun practice as a classroom supplement, this book ail have students excited to practice the joys of mental arithmetic in fun new ways. Following Arthur Benjamin's bestseller Secrets of Mental Math, this new workbook provides over 300 examples and exercises for doing rapid mental addition and subtraction. Through clever writing style, amusing illustrations, and engaging dialogue, the book makes math fun and accessible to everyone. The workbook consists of 20 lessons, 40 reproducible pages, an answer key with full solutions, and a certificate for aspiring mental mathemagicians.

The Joy of SET

The Many Mathematical Dimensions of a Seemingly Simple Card Game

Author: Liz McMahon,Gary Gordon,Hannah Gordon,Rebecca Gordon

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400884489

Category: Mathematics

Page: 320

View: 8121

Have you ever played the addictive card game SET? Have you ever wondered about the connections between games and mathematics? If the answer to either question is "yes," then The Joy of SET is the book for you! The Joy of SET takes readers on a fascinating journey into this seemingly simple card game and reveals its surprisingly deep and diverse mathematical dimensions. Absolutely no mathematical background is necessary to enjoy this book—all you need is a sense of curiosity and adventure! Originally invented in 1974 by Marsha Falco and officially released in 1991, SET has gained a widespread, loyal following. SET's eighty-one cards consist of one, two, or three symbols of different shapes (diamond, oval, squiggle), shadings (solid, striped, open), and colors (green, purple, red). In order to win, players must identify “sets” of three cards for which each characteristic is the same—or different—on all the cards. SET’s strategic and unique design opens connections to a plethora of mathematical disciplines, including geometry, modular arithmetic, combinatorics, probability, linear algebra, and computer simulations. The Joy of SET looks at these areas as well as avenues for further mathematical exploration. As the authors show, the relationship between SET and mathematics runs in both directions—playing this game has generated new mathematics, and the math has led to new questions about the game itself. The first book devoted to the mathematics of one of today’s most popular card games, The Joy of SET will entertain and enlighten the game enthusiast in all of us.

The Fascinating World of Graph Theory

Author: Arthur Benjamin,Gary Chartrand,Ping Zhang

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400852005

Category: Mathematics

Page: 344

View: 3549

Graph theory goes back several centuries and revolves around the study of graphs—mathematical structures showing relations between objects. With applications in biology, computer science, transportation science, and other areas, graph theory encompasses some of the most beautiful formulas in mathematics—and some of its most famous problems. The Fascinating World of Graph Theory explores the questions and puzzles that have been studied, and often solved, through graph theory. This book looks at graph theory's development and the vibrant individuals responsible for the field's growth. Introducing fundamental concepts, the authors explore a diverse plethora of classic problems such as the Lights Out Puzzle, and each chapter contains math exercises for readers to savor. An eye-opening journey into the world of graphs, The Fascinating World of Graph Theory offers exciting problem-solving possibilities for mathematics and beyond.

Secrets of Mental Math - Master the Art

Advanced Calculation and Memorization All in Your Head

Author: Kenneth Paek

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781507670811

Category: Mathematics

Page: 68

View: 5538

Mathematics is not a new subject to us because almost everyone knows how to count either with fingers or pen and paper in whichever language we are comfortable with. Math is not only the game of numbers but also the language of nature. As a matter of fact, it has been established through research that the more we understand our universe, the more we discover interesting mathematical connections. For instance, flowers have spirals that are carefully lines up in a special sequence of numbers commonly referred to as Fibonacci numbers. This sequence can be studied, understood and generated. A study on seashells also revealed that they form perfect mathematical curves known as logarithmic spirals that originate from a chemical balance. Apart from the flowers and seashells, star clusters also form a mathematical arrangement in the way they tag on one another. This has been observed through astronomical studies. Scientists including mathematicians have spent centuries trying to discover the nature of math and how to develop a mastery of the same. It is possible to get comfortable with calculations of any nature as long as you discover the secrets behind the numerics. The reason why it is important to unravel and enhance your command of math is because numbers are part and parcel of our daily lives even in ways that at times we don't notice. For example, if you need to call someone, you need a phone number. The time you spend on your phone conversation is measured in hours and minutes which are also numbers. Think of any date in history including your birthday, graduation day or just any other significant day and you will find that recording it in numbers is much easier than in any other form. This book will show you the tricks and shortcuts that will make math so intriguing. You will definitely impress your friends and colleagues with your lightning fast calculating ability. But most importantly, these secrets will benefit you at a personal level because you will be able to handle complex numeric problems within seconds.

How to Become a Human Calculator

Author: Aditi Singhal

Publisher: S. Chand Publishing

ISBN: 8121939216

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: N.A

View: 7433

Useful for School students, teachers, and professionals and a must for those appearing for competitive exams like UPSC, MBA, MCA, GMAT, GRE, CSAT, etc. “After reading this book, solving 5378942639 ÷ 8120594263, finding the square of 99975, the cube root of 704969 or calculating any day from 500 years would be child’s play

The Magic of Numbers

Author: Benedict H. Gross,Joe Harris

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: 9780131777217

Category: Mathematics

Page: 287

View: 8278

A math book for non-math people, this text provides the reader with a mathematical view of the world. Based on the Quantitative Reasoning Course at Harvard University, it introduces the reader to the beauty of numbers, including the patterns in their behavior as well as their application.

How to Calculate Quickly

The Art of Calculation

Author: Henry Sticker

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 048620295X

Category: Mathematics

Page: 185

View: 3676

A number sense approach to the four basic operations of arithmetic together with fractions and decimals

Biscuits of Number Theory

Author: Arthur T. Benjamin,Ezra Brown

Publisher: MAA

ISBN: 9780883853405

Category: Mathematics

Page: 311

View: 2262

An anthology of articles designed to supplement a first course in number theory.