Magical Mathematics: The Mathematical Ideas that Animate Great Magic Tricks

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Princeton University Press, 2012 - 244 páginas
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The mathematics behind some of the world's most amazing card tricks

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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1 MATHEMATICS IN THE AIR
1
2 IN CYCLES
17
3 IS THIS STUFF ACTUALLY GOOD FOR ANYTHING?
30
4 UNIVERSAL CYCLES
47
5 FROM THE GILBREATH PRINCIPLE TO THE MANDELBROT SET
61
6 NEAT SHUFFLES
84
7 THE OLDEST MATHEMATICAL ENTERTAINMENT?
103
8 MAGIC IN THE BOOK OF CHANGES
119
9 WHAT GOES UP MUST COME DOWN
137
10 STARS OF MATHEMATICAL MAGIC AND SOME OF THE BEST TRICKS IN THE BOOK
153
11 GOING FURTHER
220
12 ON SECRETS
225
Notes
231
Index
239
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Sobre el autor (2012)

Persi Diaconis is professor of mathematics and statistics at Stanford University, and a former professional magician. Ron Graham (1935-2020) was professor of mathematics and computer science at the University of California, San Diego, and a former professional juggler.

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