Magical Mathematics : The Mathematical Ideas That Animate Great Magic Tricks Hardback
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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 264 pages, 133 color illus. 14 halftones. 56 line illus. 10 tables.
- Publisher: Princeton University Press
- Publication Date: 03/10/2011
- Category: Conjuring & magic
- ISBN: 9780691151649