Magical Mathematics

The Mathematical Ideas That Animate Great Magic Tricks

by Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham, Martin Gardner

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  • 1400839386
  • 9780691151649
  • 9781400839384

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.

  • Princeton University Press; October 2011
  • ISBN: 9781400839384
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  • Title: Magical Mathematics
  • Author: Persi Diaconis; Ron Graham; Martin Gardner (other)
  • Imprint: Princeton University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1400839386
  • 9780691151649
  • 9781400839384

In The Press

"A truly stunning exposition by two masters in the field. Diaconis and Graham trace the fascinating relationship between mathematics and magic, which goes back at least eight hundred years. Nothing like this has been published before. Magical Mathematics is a huge contribution both to magic and mathematics."—Colm Mulcahy, author of Card Colm, an online column hosted by the Mathematical Association of America

About The Author

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.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1400839386
  • 9780691151649
  • 9781400839384