Sunday, December 21, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Amazing, the Incredible, Art Benjamin: Mathemagician!

If you've never seen or heard of this guy, you owe to your self to sit down and watch this amazing demonstration from a TED presentation a few years ago:

What's cool about this guy is that, unlike most magicians, he's happy to share his secrets to rapid calculation.  In fact, you can find much of it on youtube and you can also by products and books that he's created.  Years ago, I bought two sets of cassette tapes of his (I said it was years ago!) that show how to do math much more logically and easily than the way it's taught in school.  And the fact is that his methods work: you'll calculate in your head and do it way faster than you ever thought possible.  And along the way your appreciation for the amazingness and beauty of math will increase as well.  He's an OLS hero!