'Mathemagician' to Speak Monday at UA

On Oct. 17, Arthur Benjamin, a professor at Harvey Mudd College, will present a performance that merges mathematics and magic.
Oct. 14, 2011
Arthur Benjamin, a "mathemagician" and professor from California, has appeared on numerous television and radio programs such as the Today Show, CNN and National Public Radio. He will be presenting at the UA in October.
Arthur Benjamin, a "mathemagician" and professor from California, has appeared on numerous television and radio programs such as the Today Show, CNN and National Public Radio. He will be presenting at the UA in October.

Arthur Benjamin, a mathematics professor at Harvey Mudd College, will speak today, Oct. 17, during the Daniel Bartlett Memorial Lecture, which is presented by the University of Arizona mathematics department. 

In addition to serving as a professor at his California institution, Benjamin also is a professional magician.

During his entertaining and fast-paced performance, Benjamin will demonstrate how to mentally add and multiply  numbers faster than a calculator, how to memorize 100 digits of pi, how to figure out the day of the week of any date in history, among other feats.

Benjamin, who has received several awards and honors for his work, will present "The Secrets of Mental Math" on Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Gallagher Theater, which is located in the Student Union Memorial Center, 1303 E. University Blvd. 

The UA mathematics department is hosting the talk in conjunction with the UA College of Science. The event is free and open to the public, though seating is limited and provided on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Contributions from the late Daniel Bartlett’s family and friends have made it possible to establish a scholarship and annual lecture in his honor. 

The purpose of both the scholarship and lecture is to  memorialize Bartlett, who was a graduate student in mathematics at the time of his death in 2006.

The scholarship and lecture series also are meant to foster awareness and appreciation of mathematics, both at the UA and in the Tucson community.

For the last 30 years, Benjamin has presented his mixture of math and magic all over the world to thousands of groups. 

He has authored several books, such as “Secrets of Mental Math," and also has prepeared a course on DVD titled, “The Joy of Mathematics.”