College of Science

Celebrity mathemagician Art Benjamin shares his secrets of mental math March 13


CLEMSON — Mathematician, magician and professor Arthur Benjamin brings his fast-paced presentation to campus, performing high-speed mental calculations, memorization tricks and other astounding math stunts.

Art Benjamin in tux holding magic hat with numbers
Art Benjamin brings his dynamic math + magic presentation to Clemson on March 13, 2020.

His talk, “The secrets of mental math,” will take place at 11:15 a.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020, in the Watt Family Innovation Center auditorium.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

Benjamin combines his love for mathematics and magic to create a dynamic presentation where he demonstrates and explains his secrets for performing rapid mental calculations faster than a calculator. Audience members will see why the Los Angeles Times described Benjamin this way: “He talks like a performer, acts like a magician, and multiplies faster than a calculator.”

Benjamin is the Smallwood Family Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College. He is an inaugural Fellow of the American Mathematical Society and was listed by Princeton Review as one of America’s Top 300 Professors. He has appeared on the Today Show, CNN, and The Colbert Report and he has been profiled in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Scientific American, Wired, and Reader’s Digest.

One of his TED Talks has been viewed more than 20 million times. He has a Ph.D. in mathematical sciences from Johns Hopkins University.

Benjamin’s talk is sponsored by the College of Science’s Discover Science Lecture Series.

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