Magical Mathematics: The Mathematical Ideas That Animate Great Magic Tricks (Paperback)
The mathematics behind some of the world's most amazing card tricksMagical 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.
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.