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"Arthur Benjamin . . . joyfully shows you how to make nature's numbers dance." -- Bill Nye (the science guy)

"A positively joyful exploration of mathematics." --

"Each [trick] is more dazzling than the last." --

"Arthur Benjamin shows you that numbers do more than just keep track of things and solve problems. He joyfully shows you how to make nature's numbers dance. Let his book be your partner for a lifetime of learning."

"As soon as the reader has absorbed one 'trick', Benjamin is already moving on to the next one - and each is more dazzling than the last."

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"[A] fascinating book.... The writing style is inviting, and the book is filled with fun examples. Readers can easily jump around and choose from the wide variety of topics or read straight through."

"The book is a fast-paced tour of 12 broad topics ranging from simple arithmetic to the subtleties of infinite sums.... Benjamin approaches all of these subjects with the goal of emphasizing the wonder and magic inherent in them, while still giving the reader a sense of the mathematics hiding of the magicians sleeve.... The book offers a dizzying array of mathematical delights. But here, once the mathemagician has finished his sleight-of-hand, we have the luxury of peeking behind the curtain to understand how all those tricks are done."

"This excellent book is filled with mathematical magic.... Benjamin's writing is very readable and entertaining: his numbers dance. "

"The book delivers on all the promise of both aspects of Benjamin's talent: teacher and performer. Like [Martin] Gardner, Benjamin telegraphs a joy in surprising mathematical stunts.... I recommend this book for the math enthusiast embarking on his or her university career, the high school adept in your life intrigued by math yet bored in class, or someone remembering fondly math as their favorite subject yet lacking time to enroll in courses now."

"[Benjamin] use[s] some interesting trickery to draw the reader into the conversation about the importance of math in everyday life....

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"[A] well-written, entertaining volume.... This solid reference for teachers seeking interesting classroom examples (and jokes) could easily lure a student into further studies in mathematics."

"An enthusiastic celebration of the beauty of mathematics.... Benjamin delivers a primer generously filled with insights and intuitions that make math approachable, interesting, and, yes, beautiful."

"[A] positively joyful exploration of mathematics. [Benjamin's] approach is simple and refreshingly practical.... Whether figuring out compound interest, using trigonometry to determine the height of a tree, or employing calculus to work out a shortest possible walking route, each topic is presented in the clearest, simplest way possible.... [I]ts energy and enthusiasm should charm even the most math-phobic readers."

"A look through Art's book shows there really is something magical about maths - and it can be cool too!"

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"Prepare to be dazzled and delighted. This is a fun, fast-paced magic show of the greatest treasures of pre-college math, from poker hands to Pascal's triangle, all revealed with the flair of a showman and the clarity of a master teacher.

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"Conventional magic works because you can't understand how it works. The magic of mathematics comes from that exciting 'aha' moment when you suddenly get what's going on. Arthur Benjamin entertainingly provides readers with an all-access backstage pass to the magical world of mathematics."

"They say magicians should never reveal their secrets. Happily, Arthur Benjamin has ignored this silly adage-for in this small volume, Benjamin reveals to his audience the secrets of numbers and other mathematical illusions that have intrigued mathematicians for millennia."

"This book will be magical for my students, as it would have been for me throughout my school days. They'll be able to revisit the book frequently as they learn more math, finding deeper appreciation and discovering new areas to explore with each visit."

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"This book is a whirlwind tour of mathematics from arithmetic and algebra all the way to calculus and infinity, and especially the number 9. Arthur Benjamin's enthusiastic and engaging writing style makes

"Mathematics is full of surprisingly beautiful patterns, which Arthur Benjamin's witty personality brings to life in

"The Magic of Math is a delightful stroll through a garden filled with fascinating examples. Anyone with any interest in magic, puzzles, or math will have many hours of enjoyment in reading this book."

"Arthur Benjamin has created an instant mathematical classic, by combining Isaac Asimov's clarity with Martin Gardner's taste and adding his own sense of fun and adventure. I wish he wrote this book when I was a kid."

"There's a playful joy to be found in this book, for readers at any level. Most magicians don't reveal their secrets, but in