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The 2011 World Science Festival took place on June 1-June 5 in New York City. We offered a slate of exciting new programs and old favorites this year, all aimed at unlocking the beauty and complexity of science for everyone. Sign up for our newsletter to stay connected and get exclusive interviews, stories, and updates.

MATHEMAGICIAN

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Date: Saturday, June 4, 2011
Time: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Venue: NYU Kimmel Center, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium
Participants: Arthur Benjamin

Join us for a truly amazing presentation of mental mathematical gymnastics that will seemingly turn math into magic. We watched as mathemagician and math whiz Arthur Benjamin “out-calculated” an electronic calculator and figured out the weekday of any date in history with lightning-fast speed. We discovered the fun side of math that’s sometimes easy to forget when doing your homework, and met a surprising young guest who just might be a worthy mathemagical opponent.

The Mathemagician event was followed by Mathemagician’s Apprentice, a workshop in which Benjamin divulged some of his amazing mental-math secrets. For ages 10 and up.

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Participants

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Mathematician, Magician, Author

A professional magician, Arthur Benjamin can multiply large numbers faster than a calculator, figure out the weekday of any date in history, and has memorized the decimal numbers of Pi out to 100 digits. Anointed “America’s Best Math Whiz” by Reader’s Digest, Benjamin applied his skills to the game of backgammon and won the American Backgammon Tour in 1997. He is the author of several books, including Secrets of Mental Math. Benjamin is professor of mathematics at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California.

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