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"Mathemagician" to demonstrate the art of mental calculation at Moravian

Dr. Arthur Benjamin(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) -- Moravian College will hold a special "mathemagical" presentation by Dr. Arthur Benjamin on Friday, February 22 at 8 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall. The performance is open to the public and admission is free.

Benjamin is the world's foremost lightning calculator, who can perform his amazing mental feats faster than it can be done on a calculator. Combining his skills as a magician, his mind as a mathematician, Benjamin will not only demonstrate his remarkable skill with numbers, but also teach the audience how he does it. His show is real math, from a real mathematician, that leaves audience members enthusiastic-about math.

Benjamin is a professor of mathematics at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. He earned his B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University and his Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences from Johns Hopkins University. He is co-author of two books on teaching mathematics and the inventor of the Mathemagics course, which teaches children and adults the secrets of rapid mental calculation.

Benjamin is also a professional magician, combining his talents in a dynamic presentation that he calls "Mathemagics." He has appeared on television demonstrating his lightning calculation talents. He frequently performs at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, and has presented his Mathemagics show to schools and organizations all over the world.

Benjamin has been featured in numerous publications including: The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Scientific American, Discover Magazine, Omni Magazine, Esquire Magazine, and People Magazine. He has appeared on many programs including: The Today Show, National Public Radio, and Amazing Discoveries.

Benjamin has served as editor of the Spectrum book series for the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), and currently serves on the editorial board of Mathematics Magazine, the UMAP Journal, and the Anneli Lax New Mathematical Library. In 2000, he received the MAA's Haimo Award for Distinguished Teaching. Aside from his research interests in "combinatorics" and game theory, he enjoys tournament backgammon, racing calculators, and performing magic.

On Saturday, February 23, Benjamin will give an address, "Proofs that really work," at the Student Mathematics Conference sponsored by Moravian College's chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon and the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC): Cedar Crest College, Lehigh University, DeSales University, Moravian College, Lafayette College, and Muhlenberg College.

This sixteenth annual conference at Moravian College offers a unique opportunity for undergraduate students in the Tri-State area to meet and discuss mathematics. The day begins with a lively keynote address followed by a program devoted to student talks in the fields of mathematics, statistics, operations research, and computing.