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Magical mathematics : the mathematical ideas that animate great magic tricks

Author: Persi Diaconis; Ronald L Graham
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2011.
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"Magical Mathematics reveals the secrets of amazing, 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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Diaconis, Persi.
Magical mathematics.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2011
(DLC) 2011014755
(OCoLC)724663210
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Persi Diaconis; Ronald L Graham
ISBN: 9781400839384 1400839386
OCLC Number: 757399673
Awards: Mathematical Association of America Euler Prize, 2013.
Association of American Publishers PROSE Award, 2012.
Description: 1 online resource (244 pages) : color illustrations
Contents: Cover; Contents; Foreword; Preface; 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; 9 WHAT GOES UP MUST COME DOWN; 10 STARS OF MATHEMATICAL MAGIC (AND SOME OF THE BEST TRICKS IN THE BOOK); 11 GOING FURTHER; 12 ON SECRETS; Notes; Index.
Responsibility: Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham ; with a foreword by Martin Gardner.

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Reveals the secrets of card tricks, and the mathematical ideas behind them. This title provides instructions for these tricks, explaining how to set up the effect and offering tips on what to say and  Read more...

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