Magical Mathematics reveals the secrets of fun-to-perform card tricks—and the profound mathematical ideas behind Persi Diaconis and Ron Graham provide. Compre o livro Magical Mathematics – The Mathematical Ideas That Animate Great Persi Diaconis and Ron Graham provide easy, step-by-step instructions for. Magical Mathematics reveals the secrets of amazing, fun-to-perform card tricks– and the profound mathematical ideas behind them–that will astound even the.

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The book raises and partially explains some lesser known mathematical theory while using the properties to explain magic tricks. This book is pretty heavy – not for the casual fan of either magic or math. Diaconis and Graham trace the fascinating relationship between mathematics and magic, which goes back at least eight hundred years.

Ron Graham is professor of mathematics and computer science at the University of California, San Diego, and a professional juggler. Diaconis and Graham manage to convey the mwgical and marvels of mathematics, and of magic tricks, especially those that depend fundamentally on mathematical ideas. But overall the book and I’ve no idea why it’s in a near-coffee table format didn’t really work for me.

Magical Mathematics is a huge contribution both to magic and mathematics. Mathematcis really grazed this book, rather than intently reading it.

Return to Book Page. Quite a talented and interesting group. This way you avoid expensive international shipping fees and taxes. These are actual tricks which at first sight should have appealed to my young self because they are worked by mathematics – the magician need have no physical dexterity.

Diaconis and Graham are mathematicians as well as skilled performers with decades of professional experience between them. I’ll never try to perform a magic trick or study heavy math, but I do like puzzles and games; and this book is plenty interesting enough in the puzzles-and-games dimension.

Magic tricks are algorithms at least the dicaonis onesand so this is a book about algorithm engineering; the math s involved is the same you would find in any book on algorithms – combinatorics, a bit of permutation magidal theory and some graph theory.


Two great mathematicians share the interplay between mathematics and magic, as well as practical applications in other areas for the mathematics that informs some stunning tricks. And, personally, I like the book’s memoir both of the authors have dicaonis fascinating lives and homage the author’s describe a nice, if not comprehensive, selection of interesting people they venerate.

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DrBrewhaha rated it really liked it Nov 21, However it rapidly turns into a mathematical jumble of numbers that only a mathematician would appreciate or understand. Preview — Magical Mathematics by Persi Diaconis. This is by far the most engaging bit of the book – but even here, the maths isn’t particularly well explained. Stay ahead with the world’s most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

Ron Graham is professor of mathematics and computer science at the University of California, San Diego, and a former professional juggler. 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.

Both authors are accomplished mathematicians and magicians, and many of the tricks in the book are claimed inventions. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Since the book arrived from Amazon a few days ago, I have thumbed through the entire book and read many parts in detail. Nov 21, Brian Clegg rated it liked it.

Magical Mathematics: The Mathematical Ideas That Animate Great Magic Tricks

MathMonk rated it really liked it Aug 17, Large format book, starts out with card tricks but discusses juggling as well Read full review. Amazon Second Chance Diacnis it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

Geoffrey Reid rated it it was amazing Aug 09, For example, the Gilbreath Principle–a fantastic effect where the cards remain in control despite being shuffled–is found to share an intimate connection with the Mandelbrot set.


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Magical Mathematics

Diaconis and Graham are both first-rate mathematicians and performers, and offer insights and ideas that could not have been expressed by anyone else. As the famous magician Ricky Jay says in his back cover blurb, it is, “A remarkably appealing concoction of conjuring, invention, education, science, homage, and magcial.

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It’s clear that what makes many magic tricks is the showmanship of the magician. Only jugglers appreciate juggling. Persi Diaconis is professor of mathematics and statistics at Stanford University, and a former professional magician. The book is “ok” both from content and from the explanations, there is a nice mix of anecdotes and history of mathematical magic.

We send packages out via MyHermes the same day that we dicaonis them. Along the way, the authors give excellent advice on how often to rehearse the tricks before performing as well as entertaining tips to make for a more engaging performance.

The book wanders in the later chapters but starts with fun magic and math. Repacking and sending to you. You might not understand it all, but you will enjoy diaconix it, and you’ll have a few parlor tricks for your next party.

Email me if it becomes available again. The book is full of history and personal anecdotes about mathematics and magic as well. Magical Mathematics [is] a dazzling tour of math-based magic tricks.

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