THE 34th HARRY S. KIEVAL LECTURE
Wednesday, October 27, 1999
7:30 p.m., Founder's Hall 118
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Harvey Mudd College
"Mathemagics! The Art of Mental Calculation"
Professor Benjamin will demonstrate and explain the secrets of rapid mental
calculation. Dr. Benjamin teaches mathematics at Harvey Mudd College
and is one of the world's fastest "lightning calculators". He is
the author of several books and the inventor of the "Mathemagics" course.
He has presented his mixture of math and magic to audiences all over the
Special Mathematics Colloquium
The Best Way to Knock 'em Down
Thursday, October 28, 1999
The Green and Gold Room
Post-colloquium tea and reception following colloquium.
``Knock 'em Down'' is a game of dice that is so easy to
learn that it is being played in classrooms around the world as a way to
develop students' intuition about probability. However, as our analysis
will show, lurking underneath this deceptively simple game are many surprising
and highly unintuitive results.
Disclaimer: Professor Benjamin takes no responsibility
for any scams or "get rich quick" schemes that students may learn by applying
the ideas of this talk!
Professor Arthur Benjamin earned his B.S. in Applied Mathematics
from Carnegie Mellon U and his PhD in Mathematical Sciences from Johns
Hopkins U where he studied discrete optimization under Alan J. Goldman.
Since 1989, he has taught at Harvey Mudd College, where he is currently
an associate professor. He is Editor of the Spectrum book series for MAA,
and an Associate Editor of Mathematics Magazine. He was recently
selected to receive 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