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Mathemagics: How to Look Like a Genius Without Really Trying

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ISBN-13: 860-1409752310
ISBN-10: 0929923545
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Amaze and mystify your friends! Benjamin has performed his "art of rapid mental calculation" for audiences of all ages and levels of mathematical sophistication, and now he reveals his secrets to you. Actually, most of these calculation and memorization techniques are fairly commonly known, but Benjamin explains how to perform them to great effect. He uses simple algebraic proofs to show how the tricks work and often adds an anecdote about how he "discovered" an interesting trick. This is a book to ignite mathematical confidence and curiosity. A word of warning, though: despite the subtitle, it will take some dedicated practice to master these tricks. For most collections.
- Amy Brunvand, Fort Lewis Coll. Lib., Durango, Col.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Lowell House (March 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0929923545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929923543
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #899,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on December 16, 1996
Format: Paperback
A truly amazing insight into various ways to mystify others with seemingly impossible mathematical challenges. Learn how to determine the day someone was born on, or guess the missing number in the answer to a multiplication problem. This book provides you with insight to the fun (yes... fun) side of math. You will be greatly impressed by the tricks to amaze your friends and make math interesting
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After seeing Dr. Benjamin perform in Las Vegas at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference in 2002, I bought this book and also his Mathemagics course. My middle school students love it! Many of them prefer to do mental calculations when possible and they love when I do mathematic magic tricks on them. Better, they love the algebraic explanations and can't wait to use the tricks on their friends and family, knowing that they can explain the trick as well.

My college students are amazed when I can square a 2-digit number quicker than they can punch it in on a calculator. (I'm not too fast at the 3 digit numbers; it's hard to teach an old dog new tricks!)

I highly recommend this book for math teachers, school libraries, students, or anyone at all!
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I've been giving copies to this to all of my students, 3rd, 4th and 5th, who really like math but don't get excited about our traditional lessons. Invite them to become mathemagicians and you'll some of them transformed.
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