- Magical Mathematics
The Mathematical Ideas That Animate Great Magic Tricks
Persi Diaconis & Ron Graham
With a foreword by Martin Gardner
- Hardcover2011© 201229.9524.00ISBN9780691151649264 pp.8 1/2 x 9 1/2133 color illus. 14 halftones. 56 line illus. 10 tables.
- Paperback2015© 201119.9514.99ISBN9780691169774264 pp.8 1/2 x 9 1/2133 color illus. 14 halftones. 56 line illus. 10 tables.
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.
Persi Diaconis is professor of mathematics and statistics at Stanford University, and a former professional magician. Ron Graham is professor of mathematics and computer science at the University of California, San Diego, and a former professional juggler.
More about this book
- Winner of the 2013 Euler Book Prize, Mathematical Association of America
- Honorable Mention for the 2012 Award for Best Professional/Scholarly Book in Popular Science & Popular Mathematics, Association of American Publishers
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