Presentation to teach ‘playful’ side of mathematics

Dr. Arthur Benjamin, a professor of mathematics and a magician, will demonstrate and explain his secrets for performing rapid mental calculations faster than a calculator at West Shore Community College next week. (Courtesy photo)

Dr. Arthur Benjamin, a professor of mathematics and a magician, will demonstrate and explain his secrets for performing rapid mental calculations faster than a calculator at West Shore Community College next week. (Courtesy photo)

SCOTTVILLE — West Shore Community College will host a presentation called “Mathemagics” next week.

Dr. Arthur Benjamin, a professor of mathematics and a magician, will demonstrate and explain his secrets for performing rapid mental calculations faster than a calculator.

The free performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 24 at WSCC’s Center Stage Theater, located at 3000 N. Stiles Road in Scottville.

This event kicks off a year-long program series designed to help students and members of the community encounter the delightful, playful side of mathematics.

Benjamin’s entertaining presentation is open to the public.

“Too many students come to college apprehensive about math or feel uncomfortable working in that subject, hindering their success,” said Academic Projects Team chair Seán Henne. “Consequently, the college’s Academic Projects Team is working to inspire students to think of math as something they not only can do well, but can even enjoy, and is designing a year of programming centered on a healthy appreciation for mathematics.”

Call the box office at (231) 843-5507 for reservations.

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