Magical Mathematics : The Mathematical Ideas That Animate Great Magic Tricks, Hardback Book

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
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  • Category: Conjuring & magic
  • ISBN: 9780691151649

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