Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Math and the Media: A Mathemagician?

To some, possibly any and all math is simply magic. It seems to work and who knows what is really going on behind the math doers back. Then you learn the "trick" and it all seems perfectly natural. Until the next "trick", that is....

On the late night satirical news program "The Colbert Report" tonight (January 27, 2010, 11:30pm EST on Comedy Central) is Arthur Benjamin, a Hopkins bred mathematician (PhD in 1989) currently at Harvey Mudd College. A self-styled "mathemagician", he combines mathematics and magic to explore the power of mathematics through stunts and feats of mental agility.

You can visit the Hopkins Alumni page for this announcement (there is a neat video of one of his talks). Better yet, stop by Stephen's place for the show.