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By Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham

Magical Mathematics unearths the secrets and techniques of fantastic, fun-to-perform card tricks--and the profound mathematical principles at the back of them--that will astound even the main complete magician. Persi Diaconis and Ron Graham supply effortless, step by step directions for every trick, explaining tips to manage the influence and supplying pointers on what to claim and do whereas appearing it. every one card trick introduces a brand new mathematical notion, and ranging the methods in flip takes readers to the very threshold of today's mathematical wisdom. for instance, the Gilbreath Principle--a outstanding influence the place the playing cards stay up to the mark regardless of being shuffled--is came upon to percentage an intimate reference to the Mandelbrot set. different card methods hyperlink to the mathematical secrets and techniques of combinatorics, graph thought, quantity idea, topology, the Riemann speculation, or even Fermat's final theorem.

Diaconis and Graham are mathematicians in addition to expert performers with many years event among them. during this booklet they percentage a wealth of conjuring lore, together with a few heavily guarded secrets and techniques of mythical magicians. Magical Mathematics covers the math of juggling and indicates how the I Ching connects to the historical past of likelihood and magic tips either previous and new. It tells the stories--and unearths the easiest tricks--of the eccentric and amazing inventors of mathematical magic. Magical Mathematics exposes previous playing secrets and techniques throughout the arithmetic of shuffling playing cards, explains the vintage street-gambling rip-off of three-card monte, strains the historical past of mathematical magic again to the 13th century and the oldest mathematical trick--and a lot more.

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Magical Mathematics: The Mathematical Ideas that Animate Great Magic Tricks

Magical arithmetic finds the secrets and techniques of fantastic, fun-to-perform card tricks--and the profound mathematical principles at the back of them--that will astound even the main comprehensive magician. Persi Diaconis and Ron Graham supply effortless, step by step directions for every trick, explaining tips on how to arrange the impact and supplying tips about what to assert and do whereas appearing it. each one card trick introduces a brand new mathematical thought, and ranging the tips in flip takes readers to the very threshold of today's mathematical wisdom. for instance, the Gilbreath Principle--a remarkable influence the place the playing cards stay up to the mark regardless of being shuffled--is came upon to percentage an intimate reference to the Mandelbrot set. different card methods hyperlink to the mathematical secrets and techniques of combinatorics, graph conception, quantity concept, topology, the Riemann speculation, or even Fermat's final theorem.

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The pressure increases till I feel I will burst and then I’m under, a swirling tunnel of blinding color and light pulling me down like an undertow. I fall forever. Images race by. I’m falling past the ten-year-old me playing with Julia, the rag doll I lost on a picnic a year later; I’m six, letting Sarita wash my face for dinner. Time spins backward and I am three, two, a baby, and then something pale and foreign, a creature no bigger than a tadpole and just as fragile. The strong tide grabs me hard again, pulling me through a veil of blackness, till I see the twisting street in India again.

I want to stop her, pull her away. Every step forward is like pushing against the air, lifting my legs an agony of slow movement. The man stops, listening. His eyes widen. He’s afraid. There’s something coiled, waiting in the shadows at the back of the shop. It’s as if the dark has begun to move. How can it be moving? But it is, with a cold, slithering sound that makes my skin crawl. A dark shape spreads out from its hiding spot. It grows till it reaches all around. The blackness in the center of the thing is swirling and the sound .

Down at the far end of the train, the third-class passengers climb off in a thick tumble of arms and legs. Porters hurry to carry luggage and parcels for the first-class passengers. Newsboys hold the day’s papers in the air as far as their arms will stretch, screeching the most enticing headlines. Flower girls wander about, wearing smiles as hard and worn as the wooden trays that hang from their delicate necks. I’m nearly upended by a man buzzing past, his umbrella parked beneath his arm. “Pardon me,” I mutter, deeply annoyed.

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