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Arthur Benjamin - Mathemagician
Using daring displays of algorithmic trickery, lightning calculator and number wizard Arthur Benjamin mesmerizes audiences with mathematical mystery and beauty.

Why you should listen

Arthur Benjamin makes numbers dance. In his day job, he's a professor of math at Harvey Mudd College; in his other day job, he's a "Mathemagician," taking the stage in his tuxedo to perform high-speed mental calculations, memorizations and other astounding math stunts. It's part of his drive to teach math and mental agility in interesting ways, following in the footsteps of such heroes as Martin Gardner.

Benjamin is the co-author, with Michael Shermer, of Secrets of Mental Math (which shares his secrets for rapid mental calculation), as well as the co-author of the MAA award-winning Proofs That Really Count: The Art of Combinatorial Proof. For a glimpse of his broad approach to math, see the list of research talks on his website, which seesaws between high-level math (such as his "Vandermonde's Determinant and Fibonacci SAWs," presented at MIT in 2004) and engaging math talks for the rest of us ("An Amazing Mathematical Card Trick").

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Arthur Benjamin: Teach statistics before calculus!

Formula e Artur Benjamin per te ndryshuar mesimdhenien ne matematike

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Gjithmone dikush pyet mesuesin e tij te matematikes, "A do me duhet ndonjehere te perdor analizen numerike ne jeten e perditshme?" Per shume nga ne , thote Artur, pergjigjia eshte jo. Ai ofron nje menyre te re te mesimdhenies ne matematike per t'iu pershtatur koheve digjitale.
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Now, if President Obama
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Nese president Obama,
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invited me to be the next Czar of Mathematics,
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do me ftonte te behesha Cari i Matematikes,
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then I would have a suggestion for him
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do kisha nje propozim per te
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that I think would vastly improve
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qe mendoj se do ta permiresonte
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the mathematics education in this country.
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ndjeshem mesimdhenien e matematikes ne kete vend.
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And it would be easy to implement
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Propozimi do ishte i thjeshte per tu zbatuar
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and inexpensive.
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dhe jo i kushtueshem.
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The mathematics curriculum that we have
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Kurrikula e matematikes qe kemi ne
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is based on a foundation of arithmetic and algebra.
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eshte bazuar mbi aritmetiken dhe algjebren.
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And everything we learn after that
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Cdo gje me pas eshte ndertuar
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is building up towards one subject.
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mbi te per te arritur ne majen e
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And at top of that pyramid, it's calculus.
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piramides ku qendron analiza numerike.
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And I'm here to say
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Dhe jam ketu per t'ju thene juve
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that I think that that is the wrong summit of the pyramid ...
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se mendoj qe maja e piramides eshte e gabuar...
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that the correct summit -- that all of our students,
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ne vend te saj - te gjithe studentet
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every high school graduate should know --
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dhe cdo gjimnaziste, duhet te mesojne dicka tjeter-
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should be statistics:
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statistiken,
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probability and statistics.
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probabilitetin dhe statistiken.
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(Applause)
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I mean, don't get me wrong. Calculus is an important subject.
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Mos me keqkuptoni. Une mendoj se analiza eshte shume e rendesishme.
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It's one of the great products of the human mind.
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Eshte nje nga produktet e medha te mendjes.
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The laws of nature are written in the language of calculus.
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Ligjet e natyres jane shkruar ne gjuhen e analizes.
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And every student who studies math, science, engineering, economics,
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Dhe cdo student i matematikes, shkences, inxhinieriese, ekonomise
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they should definitely learn calculus
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duhet te mesoje analize numerike
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by the end of their freshman year of college.
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gjer para fundit te vitit te pare ne universitet.
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But I'm here to say, as a professor of mathematics,
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Por si profesor matematike une di dhe kete
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that very few people actually use calculus
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qe shume pak njerez e perdorin analizen
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in a conscious, meaningful way, in their day-to-day lives.
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ne menyre te ndergjegjshme dhe kuptimplote ne jeten e perditshme.
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On the other hand,
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Nga ana tjeter,
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statistics -- that's a subject that you could,
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statistika -eshte lenda qe mund
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and should, use on daily basis. Right?
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dhe duhet ta perdorni perdite. Apo jo?
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It's risk. It's reward. It's randomness.
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Ka te beje me riskun,fitimin, rastesine.
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It's understanding data.
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Ka te beje me interpretimin e te dhenave.
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I think if our students, if our high school students --
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Une mendoj se nese studentet, gjimnazistet-
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if all of the American citizens --
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nese te gjithe qytetaret amerikane-
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knew about probability and statistics,
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do dinin probabilitet dhe statistike,
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we wouldn't be in the economic mess that we're in today. (Laughter) (Applause)
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ne nuk do ishim ne kete kaos ekonomik ku gjendemi sot.
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Not only -- thank you -- not only that ...
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Jo vetem aq- faleminderit-
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but if it's taught properly, it can be a lot of fun.
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por nese mesohet sic duhet mund te jete e kendshme.
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I mean, probability and statistics,
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E kam fjalen qe probabiliteti dhe statistika
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it's the mathematics of games and gambling.
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eshte matematika e lojerave dhe "bixhozit"
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It's analyzing trends. It's predicting the future.
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Ka te beje me analizen e tendencave, parashikimin e te ardhmes.
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Look, the world has changed
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Shihni, bota ka ndryshuar
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from analog to digital.
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nga analoge ne digjitale.
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And it's time for our mathematics curriculum to change
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Ka ardhur dhe koha per te ndryshuar kurrikulen e matematikes
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from analog to digital,
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nga analoge ne digjitale,
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from the more classical, continuous mathematics,
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nga matematika e vazhdueshme dhe klasike
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to the more modern, discrete mathematics --
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ne matematike diskrete dhe moderne,
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the mathematics of uncertainty,
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ne matematiken e pasigurise,
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of randomness, of data --
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te rastesise, se te dhenave-
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that being probability and statistics.
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pra ne probabilitet dhe statistike.
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In summary, instead of our students
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Si permbledhje, ne vend
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learning about the techniques of calculus,
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qe tu mesojme studenteve teknikat e analizes numerike,
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I think it would be far more significant
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do ishte shume me e nevojshme
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if all of them knew what two standard deviations
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tu shpjegonim atyre cdo te thote te jesh
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from the mean means. And I mean it.
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dy standarte devijimi larg mesatares. E kam seriozisht.
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Thank you very much.
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Faleminderit shume.
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Translated by Jonada Rrapo
Reviewed by Alida Hamo

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ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Arthur Benjamin - Mathemagician
Using daring displays of algorithmic trickery, lightning calculator and number wizard Arthur Benjamin mesmerizes audiences with mathematical mystery and beauty.

Why you should listen

Arthur Benjamin makes numbers dance. In his day job, he's a professor of math at Harvey Mudd College; in his other day job, he's a "Mathemagician," taking the stage in his tuxedo to perform high-speed mental calculations, memorizations and other astounding math stunts. It's part of his drive to teach math and mental agility in interesting ways, following in the footsteps of such heroes as Martin Gardner.

Benjamin is the co-author, with Michael Shermer, of Secrets of Mental Math (which shares his secrets for rapid mental calculation), as well as the co-author of the MAA award-winning Proofs That Really Count: The Art of Combinatorial Proof. For a glimpse of his broad approach to math, see the list of research talks on his website, which seesaws between high-level math (such as his "Vandermonde's Determinant and Fibonacci SAWs," presented at MIT in 2004) and engaging math talks for the rest of us ("An Amazing Mathematical Card Trick").

More profile about the speaker
Arthur Benjamin | Speaker | TED.com