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# The Magic of Math: Solving for X and Figuring Out Why

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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 ...more

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Hardcover, 336 pages

Published
September 8th 2015
by Basic Books
(first published September 1st 2015)

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I generally read nonfiction and my typical goals are to be entertained and to learn something. This book delivered neither. The author's enthusiasm was nice at first but it quickly became annoying ("By becoming more familiar with the beautiful patterns that emerge when numbers dance, we have a better chance of finding a beautiful answer to this question.") and overwhelming. Imagine someone teaching you to play Ro ...more

As long as you know what buttons to press, that is. Yet something like this book can light a fire in your mind. You can temporarily forget that it may be full of confusing, difficult-looking symbols and theory. There wi ...more

I really enjoyed this book. There's a lot of interesting math that's explored. I do think this would probably be most interesting to people who already know quite a bit of math, but there is something here for everyone.

I've always enjoyed puzzles (that's what got me interested in math) so I liked seeing the patterns and puzzles within the math.

Full review will be up on my blog September 8th: http://courtneysreads.blogspo ...more

*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 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 arithm*...more

Now that I’ve read the book, I want to explore some of the ...more

But then, then we got to chapter 8. And after that, I r ...more

I don't know that someone not interested in math would get mu ...more

Math and I never really got along.

So when I started reading "The Magic of Math" I was a little skeptical, curious, and daunted. I wasn't sure that I was going to like a math book, and I read books about almost anything.

But this isn't just a math book. This isn't a text book like you had in school. This breaks down the more, well, magical side of math and numbers. The chapters are divided into different topics and areas of math such as: the magic of numbers, counting, 9, p ...more

The discussion about Combinations and Permutations are very well explained. The author divulges the hidden magic among Pascal's triangle and Fibonacci series.

The int ...more

I actually found it very interesting. Mr. Benjamin doesn't assume that everyone reading this book is a math lover, but rather, makes it fun for anyone. The forward le ...more

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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 i
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