Magical Mathematics

Magical Mathematics

The Mathematical Ideas That Animate Great Magic Tricks

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Magical Mathematics reveals the secrets of fun-to-perform card tricks--and the profound mathematical ideas behind them--that will astound even the most accomplished magician. Persi Diaconis and Ron Graham provide easy, step-by-step instructions for each trick, explaining how to set up the effect and offering tips on what to say and do while performing it. Each card trick introduces a new mathematical idea, and varying the tricks in turn takes readers to the very threshold of today's mathematical knowledge.

Diaconis and Graham tell the stories--and reveal the best tricks--of the eccentric and brilliant inventors of mathematical magic. The book exposes old gambling secrets through the mathematics of shuffling cards, explains the classic street-gambling scam of three-card Monte, traces the history of mathematical magic back to the oldest mathematical trick--and much more.

Publisher: Princeton University Press,
ISBN: 9780691151649
Branch Call Number: ANF 793.85 DIAC
Characteristics: xii, 244 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Graham, Ronald L. 1935-

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