Dr. Arthur Benjamin

What an incredible start to a fantastic conference.  Friday’s keynote speaker, Dr. Arthur Benjamin is correctly identified by Reader’s Digest as “America’s Best Math Whiz” in my opinion.  He truly is a human calculator.  If I hadn’t experienced this session, I don’t think I would believe how quickly he can perform mental calculations.  In fact, I even had to buy his book and videos so I could show my staff how remarkable this experience was.

Dr. Arthur Benjamin, with audience member participation, demonstrated how quickly he could square random numbers, up to and including random 5 digit numbers.  He created magic birthday squares and solved them so rapidly his phrase “sudoku on steroids” seemed very fitting.   He easily identified participants week days of birth from simply being told the day/month/year of each subjects birth.   It appeared to be truly “magical”!

Perhaps the most magical moment came when he agreed to share his “Secrets of Mental Math” with all of us. 

I still have to read the book and view the videos I purchased, but will be sure to let you know my thoughts!

If anyone is interested in more on this, please see Dr. Arthur Benjamin’s Home Page:

http://www.math.hmc.edu/~benjamin/

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About musingsofamathteacher

I am presently employed at New Sarepta Elementary School as a grade five teacher. During my career I have taught Grades 12 - 2. The past three years I was fortunate to work part-time as Math Lead for my school district, Black Gold Regional Schools, and have just recently accepted a part-time secondment with Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium. I have always had a passion for mathematics and am excited about implementing Alberta's "new" mathematics curriculum.
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