Magical Mathematics: The Mathematical Ideas That Animate Great Magic Tricks

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Princeton University Press, Oct 3, 2011 - Mathematics - 264 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
17
Section 3
30
Section 4
108
Section 5
117
Section 6
119
Section 7
121
Section 8
132
Section 12
151
Section 13
183
Section 14
192
Section 15
202
Section 16
203
Section 17
214
Section 18
219
Section 19
220

Section 9
137
Section 10
146
Section 11
150
Section 20
225
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About the author (2011)

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.

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