Magical Mathematics: The Mathematical Ideas that Animate Great Magic Tricks
Princeton University Press, Oct 23, 2011 - Crafts & Hobbies - 244 pages
Diaconis and Graham are mathematicians as well as skilled performers with decades of professional experience between them. In this book they share a wealth of conjuring lore, including some closely guarded secrets of legendary magicians. Magical Mathematics covers the mathematics of juggling and shows how the I Ching connects to the history of probability and magic tricks both old and new. It tells the stories--and reveals the best tricks--of the eccentric and brilliant inventors of mathematical magic. Magical Mathematics 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 thirteenth century and the oldest mathematical trick--and much more.
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1 MATHEMATICS IN THE AIR
2 IN CYCLES
3 IS THIS STUFF ACTUALLY GOOD FOR ANYTHING?
4 UNIVERSAL CYCLES
5 FROM THE GILBREATH PRINCIPLE TO THE MANDELBROT SET
6 NEAT SHUFFLES
7 THE OLDEST MATHEMATICAL ENTERTAINMENT?
8 MAGIC IN THE BOOK OF CHANGES