Secrets of Mental Math: The Mathemagician's Guide to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Math Tricks

Secrets of Mental Math: The Mathemagician's Guide to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Math Tricks

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by Arthur Benjamin, Michael Shermer
     
 

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These simple math secrets and tricks will forever change how you look at the world of numbers.

Secrets of Mental Math will have you thinking like a math genius in no time. Get ready to amaze your friends—and yourself—with incredible calculations you never thought you could master, as renowned “mathemagician” Arthur Benjamin shares

Overview

These simple math secrets and tricks will forever change how you look at the world of numbers.

Secrets of Mental Math will have you thinking like a math genius in no time. Get ready to amaze your friends—and yourself—with incredible calculations you never thought you could master, as renowned “mathemagician” Arthur Benjamin shares his techniques for lightning-quick calculations and amazing number tricks. This book will teach you to do math in your head faster than you ever thought possible, dramatically improve your memory for numbers, and—maybe for the first time—make mathematics fun.

Yes, even you can learn to do seemingly complex equations in your head; all you need to learn are a few tricks. You’ll be able to quickly multiply and divide triple digits, compute with fractions, and determine squares, cubes, and roots without blinking an eye. No matter what your age or current math ability, Secrets of Mental Math will allow you to perform fantastic feats of the mind effortlessly. This is the math they never taught you in school.



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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A great introduction to the wonder of numbers, from two superb teachers.” —Brian Greene, author of The Elegant Universe

“A magical mystery tour of mental mathematics! Fascinating and fun.” —Joseph Gallian, president of the Mathematical Association of America

“The clearest, simplest, most entertaining, and best book yet on the art of calculating in your head.” —Martin Gardner, author of Mathematical Magic Show and Mathematical Carnival

“This book can teach you mental math skills that will surprise you and your friends. Better, you will have fun and have valuable practical tools inside your head.” —Dr. Edward O. Thorp, mathematician and author of Beat the Dealer and Beat the Market

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307347466
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
06/03/2008
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
246,375
File size:
11 MB
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Meet the Author

Arthur Benjamin is a professor of mathematics at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. He is also a professional magician and performs his mixture of math and magic all over the world.

Michael Shermer is host of the Caltech public lecture series, a contributing editor to and monthly columnist of Scientific American, the publisher of Skeptic magazine, and the author of several science books. He lives in Altadena, California.


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Secrets of Mental Math: The Mathemagician's Guide to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Math Tricks 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
average_john More than 1 year ago
This book is an easy to read approach on doing mental math for anyone. With all the math that comes up in our lives, it's very important to have some general knowledge of doing computations in your head. A neat trick this book also teaches is how to find out the day of the week for any date in history. I'm reading through the book a second time now and really improving, it is very neat!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My kids are squaring numbers and multiplying by 11 in their heads. The math teachers are amazed. They've just started and picked up a couple of things in less than 30 min...pretty neat book.
Jchang More than 1 year ago
This book is so great I bought three copies for my siblings! It is well worth reading this book. And, I promise, If you just pick up a few tips of how to do these lighting calculations it will WELL be worth the money. For beginners and even math PHDs. Anyone reading this could gain from it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book goes with The Teaching Company course of the same name; love the course and the book. Wish I had learned these secrets in my teens!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You should be fairly good at basic math. If not you will not gain much from this book.
MisterEShopper More than 1 year ago
presents alternative way to do math quickly.
DianeDR More than 1 year ago
Quite good. Helps me do math in my head.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is very understandabe how you could have gotten 5345 instead of 5445. When you multiply 495 with 11 you must be forgetting that 9 + 5 is 14 you take the 1 and add it to the 3 making it a 4. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
My job revolves around math, I wish I knew this stuff in High School.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
excellent
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Loved it!!!
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As soon as i showed some of these tricks off to my friends, they all rushed out to get copies. This book is Great for party tricks. The negative reviews are from people who hate math, so if you are just slightly interested in looking like a genius (become a human calender after reading the last few chapters!) then get this book!
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MUST GET IT!!!!!!
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