Arthur T. Benjamin

The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles: From Cards to Sudoku

with Arthur T. Benjamin

Games and puzzles tease our brains, challenge our memories and strengthen our competitive skills. And whether it’s chess, poker or Sudoku, everything you need to win is rooted in mathematics. Get an in-depth look at math-oriented strategies to play — and win — games with acclaimed mathematician Arthur. T. Benjamin, Ph.D. Discover a rewarding set of skills that you can apply to countless games and puzzles, whether you’re playing in your living room or in a crowded casino. You’ll see that behind even the simplest of games lies proof of just how far-reaching mathematics is in your everyday life.

  • 12 Sessions
  • 9h 04m
Arthur T. Benjamin

Arthur T. Benjamin

Arthur T. Benjamin is professor of mathematics at Harvey Mudd College. He earned a Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences from Johns Hopkins University in 1989. Prof. Benjamin's teaching has been honored repeatedly by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). In 2000, he received the MAA Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo National Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. The MAA also named Professor Benjamin the 2006-08 George Pólya Lecturer. In 2012, Princeton Review profiled him in "The Best 300 Professors." Prof. Benjamin is a winner of the American Backgammon Tour and has been featured in dozens of TV and radio programs, as well as publications including Scientific American, People Magazine and The New York Times.

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The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles: From Cards to Sudoku
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