Bengaluru: On March 3rd, 2023, MIT Ab1 Quadrangle hosted the much-awaited MathMagic Show that drew in about 1000 students from 30 schools in and around Manipal, along with 500 students from various MAHE units. The one-hour show was a spectacular success, leaving the audience awestruck with its intriguing magic tricks and mathematical feat which was hosted by Dr. Arthur T. Benjamin.
The MathMagic Show, which was designed to showcase the beauty of mathematics in a fun and interactive way, was a unique experience for students of all ages. The show featured several performances by renowned mathemagicians, who blended mathematics and magic to create a fascinating show that kept the audience engaged from start to finish.
Speaking about the show Lt Gen (Dr) MD Venkatesh, Vice-Chancellor of MAHE said, “We are thrilled to host Dr. Arthur T. Benjamin’s Mathemagics show at MAHE. As an institution of higher learning, we recognise the importance of promoting STEM education and inspiring students to pursue careers in these fields. Dr. Benjamin’s show is an innovative way to engage young minds and spark their interest in mathematics.”
Dr. Arthur T. Benjamin, Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College said, “Mathematics is not just about numbers, equations, and formulas; it is also about creativity, logic, and problem-solving. That’s what I hope to convey through my Mathemagics show. I want to show people that math can be fun and magical, and that everyone has the potential to be a mathmagician. My message to young people is that don’t be afraid of math. Embrace it, engage with it, and use it to explore the world around you. Whether you want to be an engineer, a scientist, an entrepreneur, or anything else, math will be a powerful ally in your journey. So don’t let math intimidate you – let it inspire you to greatness.”
The show was not only entertaining but also educational, as it helped students appreciate the beauty of mathematics and understand its practical applications. The MathMagic Show aimed to inspire students to pursue mathematics and other STEM fields and to promote an interest in these fields among the youth.
The event was a collaborative effort between MIT Ab1 and several local schools and MAHE units. The success of the MathMagic Show is a testament to the power of collaboration and the importance of promoting mathematics and STEM education in the community.